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Program in Health Disparities and Population Health

The Program in Health Disparities and Population Health, based in the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH), combines research, education, and service to advance health equity by addressing the critical health issues often influenced by the social determinants of health.

Program Leadership

The Program is directed by Wendy Lane, MD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor, J. Kathleen (Kate) Tracy, PhD, Associate Professor (both in EPH), and David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP, Associate Professor in the UM SOM Department of Emergency Medicine. They are assisted by Associate Director Lily Jarman-Reisch, MSW, MA, based in EPH. The growing program consists of over 64 faculty in EPH and other UM SOM departments. It focuses on cancer disparities, disparities in maternal and child health, aging and health disparities, population health, global health, HIV, and women’s health.

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The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

One of the largest departments in the SOM, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is uniquely qualified to house the Program in Health Disparities and Population Health. Focused on population health, EPH faculty educate health professionals about issues related to health disparities, engage in multidisciplinary research, and promote quality clinical care for diverse populations.

The department administers a Master of Public Health program, which offers concentrations in Community and Population Health and Global Health, two critically important components of health disparities education and research. It also sponsors a Grand Rounds series in health disparities and population health, and the Renee Royak-Schaler Annual Lecture in Health Disparities, which brings the best scholars and policy makers in the country to the university to present their work on pressing issues in population health and health disparities.

The department trains public health experts; conducts population-based, clinical, and translational research; and investigates the causes and consequences of diseases. It translates the results of interdisciplinary studies into clinical practice and community-based interventions to prevent disease and improve public health. The department serves as a resource for methodological expertise to the University of Maryland community, which includes expertise in study design, informatics, biostatistics and clinical trials. The department has been ranked in the top five nationally in Public Health and Preventive Medicine among public Schools of Medicine by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

Our Website is Growing

Please visit our website again, as more information will be forthcoming on:

  • Research
    • Population health 
    • Cancer disparities 
    • Disparities in Maternal and Child Health 
    • Aging and health disparities 
    • Global health 
    • HIV 
    • Women's health 
  • Publications 
  • Partnerships

Program Leadership

Wendy Lane, MD, MPH, Co-Director
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Preventive Medicine Residency Program, and
MPH Community Outreach Program
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH)

J. Kathleen (Kate) Tracy, PhD, Co-Director
Associate Professor
Vice-Chair for Research Services
Director, Division of Preventive Medicine
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH)


David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP, Co-Director
Associate Professor and Director of Population Health
Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM)
Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care
University of Maryland Medical Center