The mission of the Department of Health Studies is to educate and empower future leaders in the field to improve the health status and wellbeing of individuals, communities, organizations, and societies. This mission is achieved through innovative education, transformational research, creative partnerships, and policy-change advocacy. Health issues are of universal interest and relevance, transcending the boundaries of race, religion, culture and national origin.
Our graduates put their expertise to work promoting health outcomes, policy, and research locally, nationally, and globally. Here are just a few recent examples of alums' career paths:
Research Associate at National Institute of Health
Nutrition Educator at Maryland Snap-Ed
Program Associate at Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Wellness Coordinator at NFL Players Association
Assistant Fitness Director at Sport & Health
Health Communications Specialist at USAID
Senior Director, Customer Engagement at Cigna
Research Associate at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente
Education Specialist at the Capitol Area Food Bank
Master's in Health Promotion Management
Faculty and students discuss what sets this program apart.
Greta Gatlin, PUBH '20, Mary Katherine Fogarty, PUBH '20, Guadalupe Mabry, PUBH '20, and Samar Khalil, BIO '20, participated in the NAM’s 2019 DC Public Health Case Challenge on October 18.
Three student groups will present their work on the Public Health Scholars Lab at the Service Learning and Civic Engagement conference at UMD on November 16.
Faculty In the Field
Professor Ethan Mereish recently appeared on the Kojo show to discuss youth suicide rates and a new report from the CDC. Prof. Mereish gave insight into the issue and poor mental health outcomes relating to LGBTQ youth and youth of color, highlighting important aspects that the report did not address.
Professor Jody Gan is excited to present "Engaging Promotores de Salud in Transformative Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Efforts in Atima, Honduras" at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, and at the Health Systems Research Conference.