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MPH Travel Award

Call for applications! The MPH Student Travel Award supports student travel in attending professional conferences, participating in a capstone experience or other public health-related academic event. The MPH Program grants this award to current MPH students who are in good academic standing. To be eligible for consideration, applications must be submitted to the MPH Program by the deadlines noted below and the experience must take place during the selected travel period (Fall/Spring). Also, students need to apply for the MPH Student Travel Award before the experience happens. All current MPH students are encouraged to apply, as multiple awards may be granted each funding cycle. Funding will be awarded only one time per student. However, students may reapply multiple times during their tenure.

Application Deadlines: The MPH Program accepts applications twice annually.

  • Fall application deadline: Applications for travel during the period of July 1st through December 31st are due to the MPH Program by June 1st. Awards will be announced by July 1st.
  • Spring application deadline: Applications for travel during the period of January 1st through June 30th are due to the MPH Program by December 1st. Awards will be announced by January 1st.

MPH students must submit their completed MPH Travel Award Application  with the following supporting materials attached in the order noted below to the MPH Collaborative Initiatives Director:

  • One-page description indicating why this experience is important for your academic/professional career. Include the following elements: (1) aims and objectives of the experience; and (2) describe how the experience will augment your public health training. Submit this description as a WORD Document.
  • Letter of acceptance, formal invitation, or printed program as evidence of acceptance to this experience.
  • Completed MPH Student Travel Award Budget Form.
  • Current CV/resume.
  • One letter of recommendation. The evaluator should be able to discuss how this award will support your academic and/or professional public health career. The evaluator must send the recommendation directly to the MPH Program (

Please refer to the MPH Travel Award Announcement for more details regarding the requirements.


Akiba Drew, a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student, completed a two-week intensive global health education program in Kabale, Uganda. The project was sponsored by Child Family Health International, a non-governmental organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Ms. Drew assisted with a maternal and child health project, where she shadowed clinical staff, visited different clinical settings, and learned about the complexities of the health care delivery system in rural Kabale.

When asked about her experience, Ms. Drew said “the experience was phenomenal; from the people I met, the breathtaking scenery, the delicious food I tasted, the sights I saw, and the information I obtained…I am forever grateful to the MPH program at UMB for funding my experience, and will move forward in pursuing my career in public health with a new interest in global health as well."

Agnes Ngugi, a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student, assisted at the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO), a non-profit organization located in Kabale, Uganda. KIHEFO operates several clinics and a child nutrition and rehabilitation center in rural Kabale. KIHEFO uses integrated approaches through community outreaches by providing health care, education and community development opportunities for local community members. Ms. Ngugi worked closely with KIHEFO staff assisting with a micro-finance project, which provides malnourished families with rabbits as source of protein and income.

Ms. Ngugi stated that “the trip to Uganda was an eye opener to public health challenges that face the developing world…I learned that poverty, ignorance and subsistence living are the main factors that foster the spread of preventable diseases in rural parts of the country.”

Breana McKinnon, a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student, visited Bahia, Salvador Brazil for a two-week global health program sponsored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Global Health Interprofessional Council and Center for Global Education Initiatives. The purpose of this project was to offer UMB students an opportunity to study the Brazilian model of nursing, the difference and impacts of public private health care and investigate the Brazilian model for mitigating the HIV epidemic in an interprofessional setting.

Lucy Hernandez, a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student participated in a study abroad program, entitled "Mental Health and the Aging Population in India” sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The two-week program took place in the Indian state of Kerala and included a 3-day international conference, where both local and international experts in the field presented their findings surrounding the topic.

Ms. Hernandez stated that this experience gave her “the opportunity to learn about cultural differences and similarities and... the ageing population through the direct interaction with health facilities, organizations, and communities.”

Rahel Kebede, project will commence in Summer 2017



Chinonye Donna Egbulem is a dual degree student in the Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work programs (MPH/MSW). She attended the Association for Prevention Training and Research (APTR) Symposium. Ms. Egbulem is a 2015 Paul Ambrose Scholar. She used the travel award to supplement the costs of attending the 2015 Student Leadership Symposium.  ‌

Dr. Olajumoke Amuwo recently graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (MPH/PharmD). She participated in the African Women's Cancer Awareness Association Medical Mission of Hope to the United Republic of Tanzania. This organization hosted her capstone project so the experience allowed her to better understand their mission and goals. Her participation in this mission proved to be invaluable learning opportunity as she worked closely with nurses, physicians, and patients to dispense medications, counsel patients, and provide health education materials.

Renee Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, Memorial Endowment Award

Associate Professor Renée Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, passionately spearheaded the formation of and directed the MPH and dual degree programs, and taught students in the MPH, MS and PhD Programs. At the request of her family following her untimely death in May 2011, the Renée Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, Memorial Endowment Award was established to honor her memory and legacy in the department. The fund provides merit-based awards to students in the MPH, MS, or PhD programs in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in the student’s academic work and in research and/or service in areas deeply important to Dr. Royak-Schaler: health disparities, health behavior, women’s health, cancer prevention, and/or community engagement and participation. Work in these areas can include an ongoing or completed capstone project, volunteer work, a presentation or publication, and/or a project related to the student’s program or research.

Award amount: Determined annually

Number of awards/year: Up to two

Application process:

The following should be submitted electronically to Diane Marie St. George, PhD, MPH Program Director

  • a CV or resume
  • a 1-2 page application describing current and/or completed work in health disparities, health behavior, women’s health, cancer prevention, and/or community engagement and participation. The application should also include the student’s background, interests, and any previous public health experience other than in the areas listed above.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation submitted electronically to Dr. St. George by a member of the UMB faculty (other than a member of the Award Selection Committee), a research mentor, a supervisor, or a capstone site preceptor.

Application deadline: March 15