Sharon Desmond
Campus: UMD | Building: SPH | Room: 1234J
Phone: (301) 405-2526 |

Research Focus

  • Campus-community partnerships for health
  • Minority health
  • Community based participatory research
Education and Training

Ph.D., Health Education, minor in Measurement and Evaluation, University of Toledo, Toledo OH 

MS & Ed, Health Education, University of Toledo, Toledo OH 

BS in Creative Movement Therapy, University of Toledo, Toledo OH


HLTH 391: Principles of Community Health I 
HLTH 460: Minority Health
HLTH 606: Foundations of Public Health Policy and Education
HLTH 665: Health Behavior I 
HLTH 666: Health Behavior II 
HLTH 780: Community Health

Honors and Awards

Recent Grants (within last 7 years)

Prince George's County Health Department, Needs and Strengths Assessment of Suitland, MD, Principal Investigator

Career Highlights

  • Founding member and co-chairperson of the Seat Pleasant-University of Maryland Health Partnership
  • More than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experienced teaching community service classes
  • Undergraduate and graduate student mentor

Howard, Donna E. , Rao, Chythra R. and Desmond, Sharon M. (2010). Borrowing From the East to Strengthen the West: Merging Public Health Case Studies of Community-Based Service-Learning Practices From India and the United States, Journal of Community Practice, 18: 2, 336 - 360

Atkinson NL, Desmond SM, Saperstein SL, Billing AS, Gold RS, Tournas-Hardt (2010). Assets, Challenges and the Potential of Technology for Nutrition Education in Rural Communities. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 42 (6), 410-416.

Atkinson, N.L., Saperstein, S.L., Desmond, S.M., Gold, R.G. Billing, A.S., Tian, J. (2009). Rural eHealth Nutrition Education for Limited-Income Families: An Iterative and User-centered Design Approach. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 11(2):e21. URL:

Galbraith JS, Stanton B, Boekeloo B, Winifred K, Desmond S, Howard D, Black MM and Carey JW (2008). Exploring implementation and fidelity of evidence based behavioral interventions for HIV prevention: Lessons learned from the focus on kids diffusion case study. Health Education and Behavior Vol. 36 (3): 532-549 (June 2009).