Elisabeth Fost Maring
Program Director; Global Public Health
Elisabeth Fost Maring is the director of Global Health Initiatives in the Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health, within the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. She has served as director of Global Public Health since 2012.
Maring has completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Varanasi and has traveled extensively through India. She has led a Maryland Education Abroad program in Northern India during summer term. Maring’s areas of research include community violence, substance abuse, at-risk youth, healthy homes, and cross-cultural and international research on families. Maring has worked as a specialist with University of Maryland Extension and as a direct service provider to low-income, high-risk adolescents and their families.
She is a skilled qualitative researcher and is interested in resilience research, looking for opportunities to broaden protective factors that lead to positive health outcomes for individuals and families. Maring earned her doctorate in family science from the University of Maryland in 2006 and her master of education degree in Education from Harvard University in 1996. She enjoys running, yoga, travelling, and, most of all, time with her husband and two children.