Jennifer Todd, Program Director, Sr. Lecturer

Jennifer Todd, DrPH, received her Doctor of Public Health in Community Health Sciences from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where she studied health disparities among Native Americans. She received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from University of Wisconsin where she studied food insecurity and the diminishing social welfare safety net since welfare reform, receiving a grant to study hunger in the State of Wisconsin from Miller Brewing Company. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from American University where she studied International Relations, spending a semester studying at the University of Vienna and working for GM Austria.

After Dr. Todd completed her doctorate, she was a senior research evaluator for the Federal Government’s Department of Health and Human Services working on high profile programs for nearly ten years. She worked to improve the health of women and adolescents, and communicate issues around sexuality and reproductive health in a sensitive and culturally appropriate way. Dr. Todd spent five years addressing emergency preparedness and disaster, including bioterrorism and pandemic influenza, and led crisis and risk communications planning for various hazards in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security.

Notable accomplishments while in DHHS included the great privilege of working with Surgeon General David Satcher, writing part of a watershed report on sexual health. She contributed to State of the Union Speeches under the Clinton Administration, and drafted crisis communication messages which were ultimately delivered by President Barack Obama during the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Dr. Todd left the Federal Government to lead the development of a new undergraduate program in Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park, where she served for 5 years as the charter Director. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins Communications Program, she worked on the launch of a series of new undergraduate degrees in the social sciences at the University of Wollongong, in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. This included degrees in Social Marketing, and Health Communications.

Dr. Todd’s interests and volunteer work include serving as Chair of a Community Action Team in Montgomery County addressing infant mortality, for which she received the County Executive’s Service Achievement Award. She also spent nearly five years as a volunteer first responder on the Public Health Service Disaster Medical Assistance Team, serving on several high-risk deployments. She runs a podcast series dedicated to issues of women and girls worldwide.