Office of the Dean (SPH)

The Global Health Initiative will coordinate and better inform about current and future service, research, and educational opportunities related to global health across campus, all which will be interdisciplinary and practical. Ongoing activities and programs include the Global Public Health Scholars program, Public Health Without Borders and a Global Health Certificate program. 

Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH)

The Applied Environmental Microbiology and Exposure Assessment Lab within the University of Maryland School of Public Health focuses on evaluating the complex relationships between environmental microbial exposures and human infectious diseases. 

The laboratory supports research in quantifying individual level exposures to air pollutants including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and particulate matter (PM).  Ongoing laboratory work supports exposure assessment in epidemiological studies using air samples as well as biological samples such as urine, blood and saliva. 

A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute for Food and Agriculture, is focused on facilitating the adoption of transformative on‐farm solutions that enable the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water on food crops and effectively reduce the nation’s agricultural water challenges that are...

The Environmental And Spatial Epidemiology Lab (EASEL) is engaged in a variety of research, including spatial modeling and mapping, evaluating environmental exposures associated with chronic health outcomes, and examining the intersection between mind, body, environment and health.

An overview of Dr. Payne-Sturges' research activities.

The Environmental Health in Vulnerable Populations Lab focuses on studying exposures to environmental contaminants arising from consumer product use among vulnerable populations understudied and underrepresented in public health research with a focus on women of reproductive age, pregnant women, children, low-income populations, and occupational populations. 

The Exposome Small Molecule Core Facility, or the Core, supports the research endeavors of faculty and students across the UMD community. The highly sensitive and accurate instruments available at the Core enable researchers to analyze small molecules in a variety of natural products, environmental samples and human bio-samples.

The laboratory supports studies of airborne infection transmission, influenza epidemiology, bioaerosol exposure in asthma, and non-invasive monitoring of exhaled biomarkers. Capabilities of the lab include culturing viruses, RTqPCR, analysis of exhaled breath particles, bioaerosol sampling, and immunoassay.

Shared facilities include a field sample preparation lab (room 2121), post-PCR lab (room 2125), temperature controlled weigh and microscopy lab (room 2131C), and a freezer area and a general equipment and preparation lab (room 2127).

The WOW lab conducts interdisciplinary research around water - analyzing microbial water quality, the most effective ways to communicate about water quality, and the perceptions and behaviors related to water use. In addition, the WOW lab is exploring the beneficial impacts of urban agriculture and gardening on health and wellness.

Behavioral and Community Health

The nation's first center specifically dedicated to understanding the health and development of young adults, the Center on Young Adult Health and Development aims to focus on conditions that affect the young adult population such as depression, substance abuse, and obesity.

The aim of this center is to study cancer-related disparities in and around Prince George's County, Maryland. Using a community based participatory research approach, CHAMP works with community partners largely in faith-based communities to increase early detection of breast, prostate, and colorectal screening.

The Community THRIVES Lab conducts community-engaged, transformative health research at the intersection of family violence, early childhood, and adolescent sexual health intervention.

The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center (UMD-PRC) is committed to research, service and training around issues of mental health among LGBTQ+ communities.

This partnership's goal is to improve the health of Seat Pleasant residents, and to enhance learning and research for students and faculty of the University of Maryland.  These goal will be achieved by students and faculty providing health education services to Seat Pleasant residents that might not otherwise be available.

The Young Adult Drug Involvement Research Assessment (YADIRA) Lab focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities in substance use and dependence, specifically tobacco and marijuana use among urban youth and young adult populations.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The center conducts statistical and bioinformatics analysis, data mining, and quantitative risk assessments in areas of public health and biomedical research. We provide our services via research collaborations.

Family Science

The Center for Healthy Families houses the training facility for the Couple and Family Therapy program in the Department of Family Science. Family therapy is provided to approximately 450 area families and couples annually. These services are provided in eight clinical therapy rooms with observation facilities attached for use by clinical supervisors.