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Your Public Health Professional and You

Dr. Jillian Fry, PhD

Dr. Jillian Fry is a distinguished expert in public health with a focus on environmental health, sustainable food systems, and public health policy. She earned her PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in 2012. She also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of New Mexico (2007) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University (2004).

Dr. Fry's contributions to public health have been recognized with several honors and awards, including induction into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, in 2018. She was a CLF-Lerner Doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future from 2008 to 2012 and received the Scholarship to Kavli Scientist-Writer Workshop at New York University in 2014. Additionally, she has been the recipient of the Johnson and Johnson Community Health Care Scholarship (2008-2010), Cynthia and Robert Lawrence Scholarship (2009), and the June Culley Scholarship in Health Policy and Management (2009).

Her research has been supported by various grants and contracts, including the Water and Environment Grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation for "Water Conservation in Foodservice Settings" (2022-2023), a grant from Towson University Faculty Development & Research Committee for "Perspectives of Restaurateurs on Shifting Americans Toward Plant-based Foods for Sustainability and Health" (2021-2022), and a sub-award from the US Department of Agriculture for "Reducing Resource Use at the Seafood-Energy-Water Nexus" (2018-2024).

In addition to her research, Dr. Fry is committed to education and teaches courses such as HLTH 101: Wellness for a Diverse Society, HLTH 335: Public Health Policy, and HLTH 451/551: Intro to Environmental Health.

With her extensive academic background, research contributions, and commitment to public health, Dr. Jillian Fry continues to make significant strides in promoting environmental health and sustainable practices for healthier communities.

Take a look at our interview with Jillian and Dr. Lillian Agbeyegbe!

About "Your Public Health Professional and You"

The MdPHA Communications Committee spotlights our Maryland Public Health Professionals representing a wide array of jobs in public health to showcase their experience in the field and connections to MdPHA. The goal of this interview project is to:

  1. Promote public health to the general public
  2. Promote the association to public health professionals in the region, and
  3. Provide exposure for our members.

We are always on the lookout for individuals to spotlight in a 20-minute “talk show” style interview. Interested MdPHA members please contact

Find past Spotlights here.

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