Public health addresses complex issues: the obesity epidemic, climate change, substance abuse, violence, aging, health disparities and much more. Students, staff, and faculty in the School of Public Health are committed to tackling these challenges, and protecting and improving the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally and globally. The school’s diverse research programs aim to address the social, environmental, behavioral, and health systems factors that influence health. We partner with communities and apply research to promote health, advance health equity and create policies that will enhance health across the lifespan.
Scholarships and Faculty Support
Undergraduate Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships
Currently, more than 50% of our undergraduate majors and nearly 40% of our graduate students are members of racial/ethnic minority groups. Annually, our students have millions of dollars of unmet financial need. The School of Public Health will raise scholarship, fellowship and other student support to provide the education and experiences that our students need to solve current and emerging public health challenges and to be prepared to enter the workforce with a sophisticated understanding of the social determinants of health.
Endowed Professorships & Faculty Support
Endowed chairs and professorships will advance scholarship and teaching by enabling us to attract and retain the very best public health educators and leaders. Investments in cutting-edge public health research allow our faculty to expand their leadership and impact in a wide array of public health disciplines.
State-of-the-Art Technology and Upgraded Facilities
The School of Public Health will raise funds to renovate existing space to accommodate our growing undergraduate and graduate student populations, as well as expanding faculty roles. Infrastructure upgrades, such as Wi-Fi capabilities, hardware and other laboratory requirements, will provide state-of-the-art learning environments that foster collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches to public health challenges.
Programs and Initiatives
Center for Global Public Health
A new Center for Global Public Health will address global health challenges and focus on scholarship, research and practice that improve health for all. It will build upon our strong foundation of educational, research and service initiatives including the Global Health Scholars program, Public Health Without Borders student group, post-baccalaureate Global Public Health certificate program, and a trans-disciplinary research portfolio.
Maryland Center for Health Equity
The Maryland Center for Health Equity is a hub for broad, multidisciplinary research and educational initiatives that address racial and ethnic health disparities. Investments will expand the Center’s reach and impact, including fostering its partnership with the Susan D. Mona Center to provide health and wellness programming in Prince George’s County, and its Health Advocates In-Reach & Research (HAIR) initiative that works to engage barbershops and beauty salons as culturally relevant portals for health education and delivery of public health and medical services.
Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
The Horowitz Center for Health Literacy conducts interdisciplinary research in health communication and health literacy, translating research findings into education, recommendations, policy proposals and community action. Philanthropic support will allow us to expand our collaborations with practitioners and inform, educate, research and advocate about the importance of clear, culturally tailored communication that enables optimum health.
Exercise Science & Human Performance
The new Cole Field House will capitalize on the university’s strengths in science, engineering, public health and medicine for an interdisciplinary approach to sports medicine and occupational health. School of Public Health experts in kinesiology and exercise science will use an instrumented running track to assess gait and balance in subjects including senior citizens, first responders, and world-class athletes.