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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

About

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

Josh Sharfstein, MD - Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training

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 Resnick, MPH, CPH – Director of Office of Public Health Practice and Training

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.

Lainie Rutkow, JD, PhD, MPH - Associate Professor

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. 

Daniel J. Barnett, MD, MPH - Associate Professor

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. 

Aruna Chandran, MD - Associate Scientist

Dr. Chandran is an associate scientist in the Department of Epidemiology and a pediatric physician at Johns Hopkins, concurrently serving as the Chief of Epidemiologic Services at the Baltimore City Health Department. Prior to this appointment, she served on the faculty in the School’s Department of International Health and as the associate director for surveillance and monitoring with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.  

Jennifer Le, MPH, CPH – Assistant Director of Office of Public Health Practice and Training, MPH Practicum Coordinator

Jennifer joined the Practice Office in 2012 to bolster the school’s student practicum support. Her responsibilities include identifying practice opportunities in Baltimore and the greater Maryland area, supporting students to find opportunities that best meet their career objectives and interests, and facilitating the relationships involved in the practicum experience. Before joining the Practice Office Jennifer completed her MPH at the School and is now a Research Associate in the Department of Health Policy 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.