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Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health Bldg | Room: 2369
Phone: 301-405-2164 |

Rianna received her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. She went on to pursue a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health sciences from the University of Maryland and graduated in 2013. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Toxiocology and Environmental Health program in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health. Her research interests lie in the fields of environmental health, global health, environmental justice, food safety, and water quality. Her dissertation investigates the influence of private drinking water wells and their proximity to animal agricultural operations on the incidence of foodborne illness in Maryland. Rianna also works on the USDA-NIFA supported CONSERVE Center of Excellence that investigates transformative on‐farm treatment solutions that enable the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water on food crops. Her passion for global health took her to Sierra Leone with the student-led organization Public Health Without Borders in 2014 and 2016, where she worked with a rural community to conduct community needs assessments and health and hygiene workshops, and investigated the impact of the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic on the community. In 2017, Rianna was awarded the Lee Thornton Fellowship from the UMD Graduate School, an award which provides support to a UMD doctoral candidate who is in the latter stages of writing a dissertation that serves the public good. 

Rianna is also a Teaching Assistant in the School of Public Health and has been the TA for several graduate and undergraduate courses since 2014, including:

  • MIEH300 - Introduction to Environmental Health
  • PHSC401 - Public Health History
  • MIEH 600 –Foundations of Environmental Health
  • MIEH 605 - Foundations of Global Health
  • MIEH 606 - Global Classroom: Addressing Current, Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh
  • MIEH 607 - Global Classroom: Risk Based Approach to Ensure Global Food Safety and Security
  • MIEH 620 - Global Health Communication