Event Also Honors Ten-Year Anniversary of MPH Program
The MPH program in the Department Of Epidemiology and Public Health celebrated its reaccreditation today during its annual “town hall,” held in the Campus Center Ballroom. The program was reaccredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the non-profit group that accredits schools of public health around the country. The reaccreditation will last through 2021.
The event also honored the ten-year anniversary of the department’s public health program. More than 120 faculty, students and staff, applauded as Diane-Marie St. George, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Master of Public Health program, blew out candles on a birthday cake.
The celebration, which included a catered lunch, featured a presentation on the department’s accomplishments over the past year. The department has more than $35 million in extramural funding for a wide range of projects. Among the research being done by the EPH researchers: an investigation into more effective ways to help older adults avoid falls, as well as studies to improve outcomes from hip fractures, one of the most serious consequences of falling in this group; an examination of links between diet and breast cancer; assessment of strategies to prevent infection in hospitals and nursing homes; and analysis of how and why some people become addicted to gambling.
“It was really an excellent year for our department,” said Jay Magaziner, PhD, professor and chair of the department. “We accomplished so much; at the same time, we think our outstanding faculty, students and staff can do even more to improve the well-being of residents of Maryland and beyond.”