In a time of heightened concern over our healthcare delivery, we are searching for efficient and innovative solutions.
Reducing and eliminating health inequalities across population groups requires an interdisciplinary and multi-method approach to identify the social, political, economic, cultural and environmental determinants that produce health inequalities over the life course and translate these findings to policymakers who are in a position to enact change. There has been an increasing emphasis on this approach from funders, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as from government and non-government organizations. A key strength of the School of Public Policy is that it brings together faculty trained across the disciplines and as such, we can leverage this strength through multiple avenues - for example, by identifying a signature problem and setting out to solve it or by engaging colleagues across campus to identify the paths to solve the problem.
Our overall goal is to foster and sustain a dynamic and interdisciplinary culture and infrastructure at the University of Maryland that promotes intellectual exchange and collaborative research and training with the aim of increasing the pipeline of researchers and policymakers focused on reducing and eliminating health inequities through effective social, environmental and health policy.