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Expertise AreasPublic Health

The University of Maryland is home to cross-disciplinary public health experts working to eliminate racial, ethnic and gender health disparities and to respond to global health issues. At Maryland, we are exploring the intersection of public health and technology, policy and the built environment. Our experts are responding to the global Coronavirus pandemic by working to understand public attitudes toward vaccines, explore disparities in exposure, susceptibility and access to care during a pandemic, and learn more about airborne transmission of respiratory viruses.

Areas of Expertise in Public Health: analytics, information technology, equity, policy, environmental justice, LGBTQ+, communication, built environment, human development, disparities, vaccines, respiratory viruses

This page highlights several of our faculty with expertise in this area. To find additional faculty experts on this topic, contact the Office of University Communications at

    Public Health Experts

    Sandra C. Quinn

    Professor and Chair, Family Science and Senior Associate Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity

    School of Public Health

    Stephen B. Thomas

    Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity

    School of Public Health

    Boris D. Lushniak

    Dean and Professor

    School of Public Health

    Donald K. Milton


    School of Public Health

    Jennifer D. Roberts

    Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology

    School of Public Health

    Sacoby Wilson

    Associate Professor, Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH)

    School of Public Health

    Jessica Fish

    Assistant Professor, Department of Family Science

    School of Public Health

    Public Health News Releases

    Leading Experts Call for Immediate Action to Address Inhalation Exposure to Prevent COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

    UMD's Dr. Donald K. Milton and Professor of Environmental Health is amongst the list of scientific and medical expert signatories

    New UMD-led Report on Improving Educational Equity and Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    Report Based on the Lived Experiences of Black, Latino and Underserved Families Recommends Solutions for School Systems to Better Support Kids

    University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park Researchers Collaborate to Address COVID-19

    Five joint UMB, UMCP research teams receive $500,000 in MPower Seed Grants

    Parenting Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

    UMD clinical psychology professor Andrea Chronis-Tuscano offers tips for families navigating the COVID-19 pandemic

    University of Maryland Researchers’ Study of Vaccine-Related Facebook Ads Reveals Ongoing Challenges for Public Health

    Public Health in the News


    Health officials turn to Black-owned barber shops and hair salons as possible Covid-19 vaccination sites

    Washington Post

    A new national model? Barbershop offers coronavirus shots in addition to cuts and shaves.

    Reader's Digest

    6 Places you're most likely to catch coronavirus

    Washington Post

    Public health experts say ‘we can’t give up on testing’ as vaccinations ramp up


    In environmental justice push, Md. lawmakers look to decrease harmful toxins

    The New York Times

    Scientists Call on C.D.C. to Set Air Standards for Workplaces, Now

    The New York Times

    Get Wise to Covid Rumors

    Washington Post

    Confusion and chaos: Inside the vaccine rollout in D.C., Maryland and Virginia

    Washington Post

    One county has twice as many covid-19 deaths. The other does much better with vaccinations.

    U.S. News

    A Recipe for Trouble? Reversal of California Outdoor Dining Ban Has Heads Spinning

    Washington Post

    A diverse suburb’s biggest pandemic challenge: Distributing the vaccine equitably


    For Scientists Who Study Virus Transmission, 2020 Was A Watershed Year


    US service workers brace for another MAGA rally in Washington, DC


    How Do We Stop This Surge? Here's What Experts Say Could Help

    Washington Post

    Va. to tighten coronavirus restrictions amid rise in infections; Md.’s caseload hits record


    Not trusting the FDA, Black doctors’ group creates panel to vet Covid-19 vaccines


    Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air

    The Atlantic

    The Coronavirus Is Revealing Football’s Human Cost


    Building Trust At The Barber Shop


    Public Health Expert Calls To Repair Distrust In A COVID-19 Vaccine

    Pew Trusts

    Searing Heat Will Make COVID-19 Racial Disparities Worse

    AP News

    Rich Americans spew more carbon pollution at home than poor

    Mother Jones

    Let’s Connect the Dots Between Environmental Injustice and the Coronavirus


    Blacks, Hispanics Hit Harder by the Coronavirus, Early U.S. Data Show

    The New York Times

    Coronavirus Crisis Threatens Push for Denser Housing

    NBC News

    African Americans may be dying from COVID-19 at a higher rate. Better data is essential, experts say.

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