MPH Program News
Master of Public Health (MPH) Students Are Making an Impact in the Community
The incoming MPH class of 2020 has hit the ground running. Their classes started on July 6th and they are already involved in several community engagement activities. While these activities are mainly virtual this term due to COVID-19, the students’ enthusiasm and passion for making a difference are still shining through.
One service opportunity is with the Maryland Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). The mission of MAHEC is to improve the health status of Marylanders through community educational partnerships that foster a commitment to enhancing healthcare access in the rural and urban underserved areas of the state. Here the MPH students are assisting with the development of the COVID-19 contact tracer training for community health workers.
A second community engagement opportunity for the MPH students is with Mini-Med School for Kids. This summer marks the 13th year that the University of Maryland School of Medicine will host its annual Mini-Med School for Kids program and this is the second year that MPH students have been instrumental in the curriculum development for the camp and also working hands on as camp counselors. Mini-Med School for Kids brings medicine, science, and the importance of health to children in interactive and exciting ways.
The MPH students are also involved with the UMB CURE Scholars Program. This program is a groundbreaking year-round pipeline program that prepares sixth- to 12th-grade students in West Baltimore for competitive and rewarding research, STEM, and health care career opportunities. Our MPH students are assisting the program in several ways. They are serving as CURE tutors. As a tutor, the MPH students are paired with one or more CURE scholars for virtual tutoring sessions. The MPH students are assisting CURE’s Special Events Team to support their virtual STEM EXPO, set to happen in late summer. And, the MPH students are serving on CURE’s Data Infographics Team. In this compacity, the MPH students are assisting CURE in developing a creative layout for displaying routinely reported data (retention rates, average GPA, etc.).
We are excited to see our MPH students connect with members of our west Baltimore community and develop new public health skills that will serve them in their future careers.
MPH Alumnus from UMSOM Selected to Participate in the 2020 Delta Omega Poster Session at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Mr. Bradley Knight, alumnus from the University of Maryland School of Medicine MPH Program has been selected to participate in the 2020 Delta Omega poster session at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association taking place in October 2020. Mr. Knight was an MPH student in the Epidemiology concentration and his abstract is entitled “Examining the Association between Student Perception of their Cafeteria Environment and where they get their Lunch.”
Dr. Hager appointed to the Baltimore County Board of Education
Erin Hager, PhD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Public Health, director of the Program in Health Equity and Population Health, and faculty member of the Master of Public Health Program was recently appointment by Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the Board of Education of Baltimore County. Dr. Hager will bring a unique point-of-view to the board as she is a parent of school age-children, an academic researcher focused on the implementation and evaluation of strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children in schools and communities, and a graduate of Baltimore area schools.
The MPH Program congratulates Dr. Hager on her recent appointment and is confident that her academic and research experience will benefit the children of Baltimore County.
Fall 2019 Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Poster Session and Commencement Ceremony
Poster Session: Ten MPH students participated in the poster session
Commencement Speaker: A passionate message about the importance of public health was delivered by Kristen Stafford, PhD, MPH.
Student Remarks: Natalie Facteau, MPH graduate ~ Global Health Concentration, shared her student perspective about her time in the MPH Program.
Fall 2019 MPH Graduates: Congratulations to all of the graduates!
MPH Students Are Members of the Winning Team that Represented the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) at the 7th Annual D.C. Public Health Case Challenge
At the National Academy of Medicine’s Annual Meeting, it was announced that the UMB team won the 2019 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 Health Disparities in Maternal Mortality by Addressing Unmet Health-Related Social Needs.” 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 $3 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 students, Shaikh Afaq and Stephanie Sanchez, along with Meron Assefa (School of Pharmacy), Ava Hawkinson (School of Social Work), Brendaline Nettey (School of Social Work), and Christopher Reed (Carey School of Law).
Front row: Brendaline Nettey social work student and Meron Assefa, pharmacy student
Back row: Ava Hawkinson, social work student, Christopher Reed, law student, Stephanie Sanchez, MPH Student, and Shaikh Afaq, MPH student
MPH Students Share Their Passion for Public Health
The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) offers three different Mini-Med School Programs throughout the year. This summer, several MPH students assisted with the Mini-Med School for Kids Program. This program was specifically designed for youth living in Baltimore City.
In collaboration with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Franklin Square, UMSOM staff, students and faculty implemented a six-week camp focusing on healthy behaviors and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases. During the last camp session, the MPH students used hands-on educational activities which enabled the campers to apply the knowledge that they gained during the earlier sessions.
While this program educated the campers on a variety of health topics, it also provided the MPH students with an outstanding opportunity to hone their public health skills. It enabled them to troubleshoot on the go, develop programing that was age appropriate and engaging, and share their passion for public health with the next generation of public health leaders. Kudos to all who played a role in this annual program.
Shaikh Afaq, MPH Student/Preventive Medicine Resident demonstrated how the heart works.
Janet Chan, MPH Student – Community and Population Health Concentration, shared dental hygiene tips for maintaining a healthy mouth.
Dean Reece with the MPH Students before the Mini-Med School for Kids Program graduation ceremony.
MPH Program Director and Students before the Mini-Med School for Kids Program graduation ceremony. Back row L-R: Shaikh Afaq, Diane Marie St. George, Jennifer Shields. Front row L-R: Janet Chan, Janet Miranda, Rachana Regmi
2019 Commencement Celebrations
On Friday, May 17th, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) within the School of Medicine hosted its 10th annual commencement ceremony. Over 150 students, faculty, staff, family members and friends helped us celebrate our 2019 awardees, honor society inductees, and graduates. Congratulations to all!
Several annual awards were announced during the ceremony. Congratulations to all of the awardees including the 2019 Master of Public Health Program Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Awardee, Lori Edwards, DrPH, RN, PHCNS-BC.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Jay Magaziner, Dr. Lori Edwards, Michelle Peralta (MPH Student) and Dr. Diane Marie St. George
Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
During the EPH Post-Commencement Ceremony, the Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Omega inducted its 2019 class into the honorary society. The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 to encourage and recognize excellence in practice, research, education, and academic achievement in the field of public health. This year, the Beta Tau Chapter was honored to induct 11 very deserving individuals into the Delta Omega Honorary Society.
From our alumni -
- Katherine Campbell
- Perri Carroll
- Akiba Drew
- Jawanna Henry
- Robert Sellke
From our 2019 MPH graduating class -
- Brendan Day
- Charles Fleming
- Rahel Kebede
- Talia Kozlowski
- Christopher Petrucelli (unable to attend)
From our MPH faculty –
- Erin Hager
Pictured left to right: Dr. Jay Magaziner, Dr. Lori Edwards, Dr. Erin Hager, Talia Kozlowski, Rahel Kebede, Charles Fleming, Brendan Day, Robert Sellke, Jawanna Henry, Akiba Drew, Perri Carroll, Katherine Campbell and Dr. Diane Marie St. George.
The Beta Tau Chapter is honored to induct all of these individuals into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. Congratulations to all of the new inductees.
Each year during the EPH commencement ceremony, an MPH student representative shares a few words about his/her experience here at the University of Maryland Baltimore. Thank you to Jahi Omari for sharing a few inspirational words.
Pictured at the lectern Jahi Omari
Recognition of Graduates
2019 Master of Public Health Graduates
MPH Student from the UMSOM Selected to Participate in the 2019 Delta Omega Poster Session
Dr. Lahila-Carina Ojeda, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine MPH Program has been selected to participate in the 2019 Delta Omega poster session at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association taking place in November 2019. Dr. Ojeda is an MPH student in the Epidemiology concentration and her abstract is entitled “Trending racial and place disparity in Maryland infant mortality and NICU metrics over time.”
MPH Student Participates in President Perman’s Symposium & White Paper Project
The 2018-2019 President's Fellows (l-r): Nicole Campion Dialo, Zachary Lee, Vibha Rao, Jenny Afkinich, Jessica Egan, and Lauren Highsmith.
The 2018-2019 president’s fellows recently published their recommendations related to the University of Maryland Baltimore’s (UMB) role as an anchor institution in addressing gun violence within the city of Baltimore. This interprofessional initiative, brought together students, faculty and staff from all of the schools at UMB during this academic year. Ms. Nicole Campion Dialo, a dual degree MD/MPH student in the Global Health concentration was selected as one of the 2018-2019 fellows. Over the course of the year, the fellows used their interprofessional lenses to consider all of the challenges and strengths of the UMB campus and the Baltimore community while also assessing the complexities surrounding gun violence within the community. The recommendations that the fellows provided will give UMB a framework on how to repair the fractured relationship that exists between the Baltimore community and the University. In early April, the fellows presented their report at the President’s Symposium. The MPH Program was proud to have an MPH dual degree student participate in this important initiative.
National Public Health Week 2019 was a Huge Success for the UMSOM MPH Program!
The MPH Program went to the Maryland Food Bank to pack food boxes for residents of assisted living facilities. According to one of the staff members, the group packed 510 boxes which earned them the grade of Exceeds Expectations!!
Thank you to those who volunteered. We had three eager, enthusiastic students--Nicholle Cross, Amos Dike and Deborah Olumuyiwa. We also had our fabulous, organized and hard-working staff—Ms. Longo and Ms. Manning. And last, but not least, our supportive and caring faculty—Drs. Ellish, Lane, St. George and Terrin.
We invite you to check out the photos taken throughout the week. Below you'll find slideshows organized by day and event. The complete slideshow is available on Flickr.
Monday, April 1
Tuesday, April 2
Tuesday April 2nd: The MPH Program was involved in two events - the 7th annual Public Health Research at Maryland event co-sponsored by EPH and the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health and the UMB Wellness Fair sponsored by the UMB Wellness Hub.
At the 7th annual Public Health Research at Maryland event, the keynote speaker was the United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. UMB leadership, including President Perman, Dean Reece and Dr. Magaziner, provided opening remarks and several MPH students (Ajuni Choudhary, Nimasha Fernando, Courtney Goodwin, Mehreen Mehtab, Erika Van Dyke) participated in the student poster contest with Ajuni Choudhary and Erika Van Dyke winning honorable mention for their posters.
UMB Wellness Fair
At the UMB Wellness Fair, MPH students and faculty engaged with wellness fair participants through health education activities related to healthy eating.
Wednesday, April 3
The 2nd Annual Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Omega Advances in Public Health Lecture occurred. Dr. Dawn Alley from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center was the guest lecturer. In conjunction with the lecture, the MPH Program hosted a networking breakfast for MPH alumni, students and faculty.
Thursday, April 4
The MPH Program co-sponsored a public health networking event at the Grid with the UMB Wellness Hub. This event provided health professional students, alumni, faculty and staff with an opportunity to connect and build new collaborations and partnerships.
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
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, 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, 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, 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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.