Assistant Professor



Mieka Smart PhotoPublic Health Focus/Interests:

Dr. Smart studies the environmental context of health, and how spatial proximity to known environmental risk factors (including bad policies) might contribute to healthy life or early death.  







Doctor of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Master of Health Science
Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Bachelor of Arts, Public Health and Social Science
Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Baltimore, MD


Public Health Courses Taught/Developed:

PH 828: Community Engagement in Public Health Practice


Professional Experience/Expertise:

Policy Assessment
Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD)
Global health

Professional Activities or Current Research:

How do policy-based environmental exposures change health outcomes? Dr. Smart’s research foci seek to answer this question. She was recently awarded a Michigan Policy Fund grant to complete a statewide assessment of police use of force policies in Michigan’s counties and cities. Dr. Smart is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in policy evaluation using secondary data. She also has a strong background in management of multi-site, large-scale, systematic social observation data collection. 

Dr. Smart is the director for global education for the College of Human Medicine. She also directs the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU) Certificate program. LMU is a competitive program focused on leadership skills development for medical students headed to practice in medically underserved locations locally and internationally.


Recent Publications, Presentations:

Furr‐Holden, C. D. M., Nesoff, E. D., Nelson, V., Milam, A. J., Smart, M., Lacey, K., ... & Leaf, P. J. (2018). Understanding the relationship between alcohol outlet density and life expectancy in Baltimore City: The role of community violence and community disadvantage. Journal of Community Psychology.

Smart, M.J., Yearwood, S., Hwang, S. Thorpe Jr., R.J., Furr-Holden, C.D.M. (2017) Impact of Maryland Alcohol Tax Increase on U.S. College Students’ Alcohol-Related Outcomes. Substance Use and Misuse, 53(6), 1015-1020.

Nesoff, E. D., Milam, A. J., Bone, L. R., Stillman, F. A., Smart, M. J., Hoke, K. S., & Furr-Holden, C. D. M. (2016). Tobacco policies and on-premise smoking in bars and clubs that cater to young African Americans following the Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 1-16.

Esser, M., Walters, H., Smart, M.J., Jernigan, D. (2016) Impact of Maryland’s 2011 alcohol sales tax increase on alcoholic beverage sales. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1-8.

Furr-Holden, C. D. M., Milam, A. J., Nesoff, E. D., Garoon, J., Smart, M. J., Duncan, A., & Warren, G. C. (2016). Triangulating Syndemic Services and Drug Treatment Policy: Improving Drug Treatment Portal Locations in Baltimore City. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 10(2), 319-327.

Brown, Q.L., Milam, A.J., Smart, M.J., Johnson, R.M., Linton, S.L., Furr-Holden, C.D.M., Ialongo, N.S. (2014) Association of objective and perceived neighborhood characteristics with tobacco use among young adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 1(134):370-5.

Milam, A., Furr-Holden, C.D.M., Whitaker, D., Smart, M.J., Leaf, P., Cooley, M., (2012). Neighborhood Environment and Internalizing Problems in African American Children. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(1):39-44.

Gibbons, L., Pollack, K., Curriero, F., Shields, T., Smart, M., Furr-Holden, C.D.M., and Cooley, M. (2011). Neighborhood Incivilities, Perceived Neighborhood Safety and Walking Behavior among Urban-Dwelling Children. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8(2):262-71.

Furr-Holden, C.D.M., Campbell, K.D., Milam, A.J., Smart, M.J., Ialongo, N.A., Leaf, P.J. (2010). Metric Properties of the Neighborhood Inventory for Environmental Typology (NIfETy): an environmental assessment tool for measuring indicators of violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug exposures. Evaluation Review, 34(3), 159-84.


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