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MPH Student from the UMSOM Selected to Participate in the 2019 Delta Omega Poster Session

Lahila-Carina Ojeda 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

President Symposium 1
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!

National Public Health Week 2019 - All Photos

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

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NPHW 2019 Monday

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.

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NPHW 2019 - Tuesday

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.

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NPHW 2019 - UMB Wellness Fair

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.


NPHW 2019 - Wednesday

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.

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NPHW 2019 - Thursday


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.