The Bloomberg School’s Office of Public Health Practice and Training was established in September 2008 to promote the application of research to practice at the School.
The Office of Public Health Practice and Training (Practice Office) is led by Joshua M. Sharfstein, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, and Beth Resnick, Director of the Practice Office.
The Practice Office strives to improve and advance the skills of the next generation of public health professionals, as well as the current public health workforce, through practice-based courses, training sessions, programs, internships, and other activities in the School, the community, and online that promote interaction and collaboration between the School and the practice community.
The Practice Office also collaborates with other practice-focused entities at the School, including SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), the MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC) and the Maryland Association of County Health Officers (MACHO).
Faculty & Staff
Dr. Sharfstein joined the full-time of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as the new Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Sharfstein was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in January 2011. In March 2009, President Obama appointed Dr. Sharfstein to serve as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency’s second highest-ranking position. He served as the Acting Commissioner from March 2009 through May 2009 and as Principal Deputy Commissioner through January 2011. From December 2005 through March 2009, Dr. Sharfstein served as the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, Maryland. As secretary of DHMH, Sharfstein has led efforts to modernize Maryland’s all-payer system for hospital payment. He also serves as a member of the editorial board at the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Prior to joining the state, he was Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and, before that, Baltimore City’s Commissioner of Health. He began working on health and social policy matters as an advisor to longtime California Congressman Henry A. Waxman, where he was responsible for projects related to public health.
Beth A. Resnick is an Associate Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. She is the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Training and the MSPH Program in Health Policy. Her research and practice interests include assessing and improving the public health infrastructure, enhancing knowledge of potential environment and health connections, and developing and evaluating effective public health policies. Prior to her appointment at Johns Hopkins, Beth Resnick was Director of Environmental Health at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She provided education, information, research, and technical assistance to the nation’s 3,000 local health departments and facilitated partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies in order to promote and strengthen local environmental public health practice.
Dr. Rutkow is an associate professor with appointments in the Department of Health Policy & Management and Health, Behavior & Society. Her leadership roles include assistant director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public’s Health, Governing Board Member of SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), and faculty advisor for the Anna Baetjer Society for Public Health Practice. She is also a member of the Eastern Region of the Network for Public Health Law. Dr. Rutkow’s research focuses on using law (legislation, regulation, and litigation) as a tool to promote and protect the public’s health.
Dr. Barnett is an associate professor with appointments in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Health Policy and Management. Dr. Barnett’s public health practice experience includes working for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Baltimore City Health Department. He is also Project Lead in the CDC-funded Johns Hopkins Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (P01) and is a lead trainer in the Johns Hopkins Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center. Dr. Barnett’s research focuses on best practice models to enhance all-hazards public health emergency preparedness and response.
Dr. Phelan-Emrick currently serves as Chief Epidemiologist at the Baltimore City Health Department. She joined the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology in 2009, and holds the position of Assistant Scientist with joint appointments in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society and the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She teaches the introductory epidemiology course for the Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies. Dr. Phelan-Emrick’s interests in public health practice focus on the role of epidemiology for informing public health policy development and assurance. Her research interests center on cancer prevention services, particularly in the context of cervical cancer. Dr. Phelan-Emrick has held prior positions with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Rockefeller University.
Ruth was hired as the first Executive Director for MACHO in the fall of 2007. MACHO is the non-profit professional association for the twenty-three Health Officers that lead the state’s twenty-four local public health departments. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has provided administrative support for the association since the early 1990s when MACHO was incorporated. Prior to joining JHU, Ruth served as the Director of Health Education & Planning for the Harford County Health Department in Bel Air, Maryland for 15 years. She began in Harford County as a Health Educator and soon after, established a division dedicated to providing school, community and worksite health education and media communication programs. Prior to her local health department experience, she was the statewide safety seat coordinator for the K.I.S.S. program at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Ruth has extensive health education, media, policy, training and legislative experience.
Mindi Levin is the Founder and Director of SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), the community engagement and service-learning center for the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. She holds faculty appointments in the JHSPH Department of Health Policy and Management and the School of Nursing Department of Community Public Health. She utilizes service-learning pedagogy in the courses she teaches, in order to provide real world public health practice opportunities for students, while simultaneously responding to community-identified needs. She trains faculty, students, and community leaders in service-learning as well. She co-created and serves as the faculty co-sponsor for the Certificate in Community-Based Public Health, and is a member of the MPH Practicum team. A Baltimore native, her efforts are all focused on serving Baltimore City non-profits.
Paulani Mui is our Practice Office Coordinator. She promotes and advances public health practice throughout the School and the community. Ms. Mui works with students, faculty and partner organizations to establish practicum opportunities that enrich learning and advance public health practice. She completed her MPH at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015, and has prior experience in healthcare program development and management.
Nicholas Engquist, MPA - Administrative Coordinator
Nicholas joined the administrative team in the Practice Office in 2015 as an Administrative Coordinator. He directly supports the Associate Dean Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D. His prior experience is in college health administration through his work at the University of New Mexico’s Student Health and Counseling center. Nicholas is also interested in public policy, program management, and global health and development. Nicholas completed his MPA at the University of New Mexico in 2012 with a concentration in health policy and administration.