Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Brenda Joly

Associate Research Professor, Public Health
Brenda Joly


405 Wishcamper Center

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.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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