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MPH Student Is a Member of the Winning Team that represented the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) at the 6th Annual D.C. Public Health Case Challenge


D.C. Public Health Case Challenge
MPH Student, Chigoziem Oguh

At the National Academy of Medicine’s  Annual Meeting, it was announced that the UMB team won the sixth annual D.C. Public Health Case Challenge. This contest aims to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning around a public health issue that is of importance to the Washington D.C. community. This year’s challenge topic was “Reducing Disparities in Cancer and Chronic Disease: Preventing Tobacco Use in African American Adolescents.” The teams were from D.C. area universities and were composed of four to six members from at least three disciplines. Each team had two weeks to develop a solution to this complex problem with a hypothetical $2.5 million budget to be used during a five-year span. The teams were evaluated on the interdisciplinary nature of their responses, feasibility of implementation, creativity and practicality. The UMB team included MPH student, Chigoziem Oguh along with Jennifer Breau, McMillan Ching, Dominique Earland, Erin Teigen and Adrienne Thomas.


MPH Student from the UMSOM selected to participate in the 2018 Delta Omega Poster Session


Nimasha Fernando Delta Omega

Nimasha Fernando, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine MPH Program  has been selected to participate in the 2018 Delta Omega poster session at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association taking place in November 2018. Ms. Fernando is an MPH student in the Global Health concentration and her abstract is entitled “Lost in translation? Exploring challenges in access and use of language services for low-English proficiency patients during transitions in care in the Baltimore area.” This is the first year that the University of Maryland School of Medicine MPH Program Beta Tau Chapter has participated in the Delta Omega poster competition.

UMSOM MPH Student and Alumna Presenting Abstracts APHA


Michelle Peralta APHA poster picture

Michelle Peralta, MPH student, will be presenting a poster entitled “Impact of an intensive integrative medicine rotation on medical students’ attitude toward Complementary and Integrative Medicine” at the Annual Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego, CA, November 2018. 

Sharon Saunders

Sharon Saunders, MD, MPH, MPH alumna, will be presenting a poster entitled “Mini-Medical School: Participant Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Reasons for Attending” at the Annual Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego, CA, November 2018.

MD/MPH Student, Nicole Campion Dialo, named as a 2018-2019 President’s Fellow


Nicole Campion Dialo President's Fellow
Nicole Campion Dialo, MD/MPH Student

During the course of each academic year, the University of Maryland Baltimore’s (UMB) president, Jay Perman, MD, sponsors the President’s Symposium and White Paper Project. This inter-professional initiative engages students, faculty and staff from all of the UMB’s schools and academic programs in a year-long conversation on a topic of importance to the University community.

In September of 2018, Dr. Perman, announced his seven 2018-2019 president’s fellows for this inter-professional initiative. Ms. Nicole Campion Dialo an MD/MPH student in the Global Health concentration, was among those selected for this honor.

Through this inter-professional initiative, Ms. Campion Dialo and the other selected fellows will tackle the controversial issue of gun violence. As an interdisciplinary team they will study the root causes of gun violence and use a team approach to examine its traumatic impact on our communities. They will use the same team approach to develop recommendations and present a proposed University-wide implementation strategy in the spring of 2019.



UMB health leaders participate in the #MannequinChallenge


Click to watch video of HMS Challenge

The Healthiest Maryland Schools (HMS) Program is a student-led interprofessional after-school childhood obesity prevention program based in West Baltimore. The program aims to train future leaders in medicine, social work, nursing, pharmacy, law, dentistry, and public health; while also enhancing students' understanding of the importance of interprofessional approaches that are needed to prevent and treat complex chronic diseases that have their origins in childhood. 

The HMS Program is actively recruiting UMB students to assist at three neighboring elementary schools this Spring! To sign-up or for more information, please contact Erica Turner, Program Manager,

See our student leaders and HMS kids participating in the #mannequinchallenge.

The MPH Program participates in Maryland Unites: Day to Serve


The University of Maryland, Baltimore supports Governor Hogan’s Day to Serve initiative, a movement that started in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and D.C. to motivate people to get involved in service events each year. MPH Program faculty and staff assisted at James McHenry Elementary this year with cleaning out their supply storage room.

MPH Student, Reena Rambharat conducts health education workshops with local elementary students for the Kids to the Farmers' Market Program 



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2010. Obese youths are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, and sleep apnea. Social and psychological problems such as poor self-esteem and being ostracized by peers also are worse with obesity. In addition, obese youths are more likely to be obese as adults, when they would be subject to the same health risks.

A healthy lifestyle, focusing on good eating and exercise, is the best strategy for obesity prevention. Communities, schools, and medical care providers can all influence these behaviors in children. To that end, on behalf of Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Jennifer Litchman, MA, special assistant to Perman and chief communications officer and vice president in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, assembled a UMB and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) team to create the Kids to Farmers’ Market project, which focuses on improving the eating habits and physical activity of inner city schoolchildren on Baltimore’s Westside.