Brenda Joly

Associate Research Professor, Public Health
Brenda Joly


405 Wishcamper Center

Office Hours

Office hours by appointment

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 228-8456

“Public health is a multidisciplinary field with opportunities for everyone. Our program is committed to making sure that our students have the knowledge they need to succeed and the skills necessary for improving the health of our communities.

- Brenda M. Joly, Associate Research Professor,  Master of Public Health Program, Muskie School of Public Service

Academic Degrees

M.P.H., University of South Florida, College of Public Health, 1997

Ph.D., University of South Florida, College of Public Health, 2001

As a graduate student at the University of South Florida, Brenda Joly remembers standing on a street corner counting bike helmets as children rode by.  That project was about bicycles and child injuries and it was the start of a career focused on improving the health of people and communities.

How can a public health system do a better job of reducing chronic illness and preventing premature death? This question is central to Dr. Joly’s research and teaching at USM. She takes a systematic approach to evaluating the performance of public health programs. “I study different types of public health interventions and try to figure out what makes them successful and what leads to better health outcomes for our communities.”

Dr. Joly teaches three courses in the Master of Public Health Program at USM: Social and Behavioral Health, Applied Public Health Research and Evaluation and Public Health Practice. When she is not teaching, she spends her time  evaluating public health efforts at the local, state and federal levels. Currently, she is part of a national CDC evaluation team looking at ways to improve the performance of state, local, tribal and territorial public health departments.

New Publications

What's New?

Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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