Duane J. Wallace II
Duane J. Wallace II earned both his bachelor's (Behavioral and Community Health) and master's degrees from the School of Public Health. Duane is now a project director at Shattuck & Associates, Inc., where he provides public health evaluation services to federal, state, local and grassroots...Read more
Kimberly Stinchcomb (MPH ‘16)
Kimberly Stinchcomb, a masters in environmental health alumna, is working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic here in Prince George’s County. Stinchcomb is an emergency preparedness consultant for the UMD Center for Health and Homeland Security, and is contracted to the Prince George’s County Health...Read more
Daisy Le
Daisy Le PhD '16 is now a tenure-track assistant professor in the policy, populations and systems department at the George Washington University School of Nursing. She earned her dual master degrees in Asian American Studies (MA) and Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Los...Read more
Clark Lee
Clark Johnson Lee, an MPH alumnus and current PhD candidate at the School of Public Health, is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic locally, in Montgomery County. Clark is an emergency preparedness consultant for the UMD Center for Health and Homeland Security, and works with the Montgomery County...Read more
Sara Sisselman
Sara Sisselman '17 is using the skills she learned in the Masters of Health Administration program each day as she navigates the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic as the manager for two primary care offices and an urgent care unit for Virginia Hospital Center. She oversees all day to day...Read more
Leyla Merlo (BS, Public Health Science '19)
Leyla Merlo graduated in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in public health science and a minor in sustainability studies. While at the University of Maryland, Leyla was the president of ROOTS Africa , a student organization that works to promote sustainable agricultural practices in developing...Read more
SPH PhD Student Zeina Alkhalaf
Zeina Mohamad Alkhalaf didn’t plan to go into public health, at least not at first. She received a degree in communications and public relations and conducted humanitarian work through a non-profit. But at the age of 23, Zeina was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder...Read more
Tori Plaine
Victory Plaine (Tori), a community health major, was chosen as the student commencement speaker for the December graduating class. She has excelled in all of her courses and remained on the Dean’s List while maintaining a full-time work schedule as a clincial consultant at Clinique. Tori hopes to...Read more
UMD SPH Alum Francine Baker
Francine Baker found a way to unite her love of science with her passion for public health advocacy in the Public Health Science program offered by the School of Public Health at the Universities at Shady Grove. “I really hope that the program at Shady Grove continues to grow and thrive because it...Read more
Alumni Profile: Heather Platter (PhD, Behavioral and Community Health ‘19)
Before coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Heather Platter received her Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. As a doctoral student in behavioral and community health at the University of Maryland, she was a graduate...Read more
Alumni Profile: Jonathan McKinney (MPH, Public Health Practice and Policy '17)
"I chose Maryland for its reputation and for the flexibility of the online MPH program. The University of Maryland is close to the action in D.C., so it was a great choice for me since I am interested in health policy. The affordability of the program was also attractive!” How did the MPH program...Read more
Simone Frazer
Simone Frazer, a senior Family Science major at the University of Maryland is preparing for medical school after she graduates in December. While at the University of Maryland, Simone spent seven years in the Air Force, including a deployment to Germany where she worked in air medical evacuation...Read more
Mary Jung
Alumna Mary Jung is a long-time Terp having earned three degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park: a BS in biological sciences as well as a MPH and PhD with a concentration in epidemiology. Jung did not start her college career at the School of Public Health but became interested after...Read more
Brittany Chambers, an alumni of UMD's SPH.
Brittany Chambers graduated from the University of Maryland's School of Public Health in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in community health. She went on to earn her Master of Public Health degree at Drexel University's School of Public Health, where she co-authored two peer-reviewed...Read more
Paula Escott
Paula Escott, a senior public health science major at the University of Maryland, received a Fulbright grant to fund a nine-month stay in Argentina, where she will research how telemedicine services can improve access to pediatric healthcare. Escott will travel to Hospital Juan P. Garrahan in...Read more
Edward Grant
"What I liked about getting my MPH at Maryland is that it was great having access to the resources of a large university but with the personal elements of a small program.” What is your professional focus? Statistical analysis for pharmaceutical drug development compliant with the FDA, clinical...Read more
Allison Gost (MPH, Environmental Health Sciences '17)
"I chose the MPH in environmental health sciences because it provided the perfect intersection between environment and health and was focused on the application of how we help improve people’s lives.” What is your professional focus? Climate change adaptation and planning; environmental health...Read more
Naol Tessema
This student profile is one of several originally published by the Universities at Shady Grove. You can read this and more stories , told by the students themselves, on their Student Stories page . Hi! My name is Naol Tessema and I am a student at the University of Maryland, College Park in the...Read more
Eyvonnka Rizkallah
This student profile is one of several originally published by the Universities at Shady Grove. You can read this and more stories , told by the students themselves, on their Student Stories page . Right before my last year at Montgomery College (MC), my father asked me about my transfer plans...Read more
Tasneem Islam
This student profile is one of several originally published by the Universities at Shady Grove. You can r ead this and more stories , told by the students themselves, on their Student Stories page . I am a first-generation college student in the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES)...Read more
Meaghan McHugh
Meaghan McHugh earned a PhD in Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health in the spring of 2018. She currently works as the Director of Healthy Athletes at Special Olympics International in Washington D.C. Before coming to the SPH, she worked with...Read more
Dr. Oluwasanmi Oladapo Adenaiye
Dr. Oluwasanmi Oladapo Adenaiye, known by most at the School of Public Health as “Dr. Sanmi,” is not your typical MPH student. He arrived in Maryland in 2016 from Nigeria to study at the Maryland Institute Applied Environmental Health, with Dr. Donald Milton as his academic advisor. He is part of...Read more
Student Deanna Barath
Deanna Barath came to the University of Maryland School of Public Health's doctoral program in health services administration in the fall of 2016. In September 2017, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced she is one of 40 students who were awarded $120,000 over four years through the foundation's...Read more
Steve Jordan, 1998 Alumni
Steve Jordan graduated from the University of Maryland in 1998 with a degree in Kinesiology. At age 19, he suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling head first from a balcony. After a three-year period of cognitive rehab and brain surgeries, in which he overcame short-term memory loss, “tip...Read more
Soo Kyung Park
In 2015, Soo Kyung Park graduated with a B.S. degree in life sciences and minor in bioinformatics from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. She then completed her MPH in biostatistics in 2017. In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health to me is raising awareness of the need to...Read more

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