Appointment Continues Tradition of Strong Leadership in Epidemiology and Public Health
Jay S. Magaziner, PhD, MPH, Chair of and Professor in the Department Of Epidemiology & Public Health (EPH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), along with Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced that Laura L. Hungerford, DVM, MPH, PhD, CPH, FNAP, Professor in EPH, has been appointed Vice Chair for Academic Programs for the Department.
EPH is one of the largest basic science departments at the school, and contributes significantly to its educational mission. Dr. Hungerford, who is also director of the epidemiology concentration in the Master of Public Health program, was formerly the director of the graduate Program in Epidemiology and Human Genetics; a part of the UM SOM Graduate Program in Life Sciences. She replaces Professor Emerita Patricia Langenberg, PhD, who served as EPH’s Vice Chair for Academic Programs for 20 years. Mona E. Baumgarten, PhD, a Professor in EPH, replaces Dr. Hungerford as the director of the graduate Program in Epidemiology and Human Genetics.
In her new post, Dr. Hungerford will lead and help integrate all academic programs supported by EPH: the Master of Public Health (MPH); the Master of Science (MS) in the areas of Biostatistics, Clinical Research, Epidemiology and Human Genetics, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Molecular Epidemiology, and Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine; the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the areas of Gerontology, Epidemiology and Human Genetics, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Molecular Epidemiology, and Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine; Certificates in Clinical Research and the Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative; and a residency in Preventive Medicine. She will also oversee the teaching faculty, and will work to expand the distance learning component of the global health program.
Dr. Hungerford earned a BS and a DVM from Michigan State University, and went on to earn an MPH from the University of Illinois, Chicago, as well as a PhD in veterinary epidemiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She started her career at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor of veterinary epidemiology. She moved as an associate professor to the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center at the University of Nebraska. Subsequently, she joined UM SOM as an associate professor of epidemiology. She has held numerous titles here, including interim head of the Division of Foodborne and Emerging Pathogens; director of the Veterinary Public Health concentration in the MPH program; and director of the Epidemiology concentration in the MPH program. For over a decade, she has been a senior advisor for science and policy in the office of New Animal Drug Evaluation at the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Hungerford has been president of multiple professional societies, including the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, the American Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics and the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease. She has won numerous awards, including UM SOM’s Department of Epidemiology Graduate Student Teaching Award (2008) and the school’s Master of Public Health Teaching and Mentoring Award (2011). She was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow by the National Academies of Practice within the Veterinary Medicine Academy in 2014.
Dr. Hungerford has authored nearly 100 journal articles and eight books or book chapters. Her research interests include the epidemiology of infectious disease and the use of geographic information systems, in the study of disease.
“Laura Hungerford is a wonderful successor to Dr. Langenberg,” said Dean Reece, who is also Vice President of Medical Affairs, the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko Bowers Distinguished Professor. “Both have effectively combined research with education, with impressive results. I am delighted that she has agreed to serve in this important leadership role. I am confident that under her visionary guidance, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health will continue to grow and prosper.”
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The University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 and is the first public medical school in the United States and continues today as an innovative leader in accelerating innovation and discovery in medicine. The School of Medicine is the founding school of the University of Maryland and is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. Located on the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide a research-intensive, academic and clinically based education. With 43 academic departments, centers and institutes and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians and research scientists plus more than $400 million in extramural funding, the School is regarded as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the U.S. with top-tier faculty and programs in cancer, brain science, surgery and transplantation, trauma and emergency medicine, vaccine development and human genomics, among other centers of excellence. The School is not only concerned with the health of the citizens of Maryland and the nation, but also has a global presence, with research and treatment facilities in more than 35 countries around the world.