Program in Health Equity & Population Health
The Program in Health Equity and Population Health, based in the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) 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.
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 Equity 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 Equity, 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.