Jay Magaziner, PhD, MS Hyg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Diane Marie St. George, PhD, has been promoted from Director to Vice Chair of Academic Programs in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. The position was previously held by Patricia Langenburg, PhD, Professor Emeritus.
“We are grateful for Dr. Langenburg’s contributions in research, education, and service during her 25 years in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,” said Dr. Magaziner.
As Vice Chair of Academic Programs, Dr. St. George will continue overseeing the integration of the six academic programs in EPH, including medical student teaching, Preventive Medicine Residency, Epidemiology and Human Genetics Program (PhD, MS, Dual degree MS, MD/PhD), Clinical Research (MS, certificate), Gerontology (PhD), and Public Health (MPH, dual degree MPH). In this capacity, Dr. St. George works collaboratively with educational leaders to assure that the educational activities in the department are coordinated and aligned with the department’s education, research, and service missions. Dr. St. George will also continue her role as the Director of the Masters of Public Health Program in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
“Dr. St. George is widely recognized and admired by students and other faculty for her passion in stimulating learning and intellectual curiosity inside and outside the classroom,” Dr. Magaziner said. “She is an outstanding scholar, educator, and administrator, and I am very pleased that she has agreed to oversee our academic programs.”
Dr. St. George earned a BS Degree in Psychology, a BS Degree in Zoology, and an MA Degree in Health Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a PhD Degree in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In her research, Dr. St. George has worked extensively on advancing the health and equity of populations that suffer a disproportionate burden of disease by virtue of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other social factors that place them at a societal disadvantage.
“Dr. St. George is an essential asset to the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and we are happy to have her continue serving as a mentor and leader for our next generation of researchers and public health practitioners,” said Dean Reece, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor.
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