Edyth H. Schoenrich,
M.D., M.P.H.



Dr. Edyth H. Schoenrich has a long history of commitment to professionals in the health care field. Over the years, she has had several careers including that of clinician, clinical research scientist, public health administrator, faculty member and academic administrator. She received her baccalaureate degree from Duke University, her medical degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, and her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her clinical residencies and post-doctoral appointments were through the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital including a Chief Residency in the private medical service. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Schoenrich’s clinical preparation and practice included internal medicine, hematology and general preventive medicine. Her clinical research experience focused on connective tissue diseases. Her public health administrative experience included service in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she was in charge of all adult preventive services in Maryland including control of blood pressure, diabetes, tuberculosis, cancer and kidney diseases. She also administered both state and local programs for chronically ill and aging adults. She was director of two tuberculosis hospitals and three chronic disease rehabilitation hospitals operated by the State of Maryland.

Dr. Schoenrich was appointed Professor in what is now the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1974. For several years, she was Director of the Division of Public Health Administration. From 1977 through 1986 Dr. Schoenrich served as Senior Associate Dean at the School of Public Health under the deanship of Dr. Donald A. Henderson, leader of the smallpox eradication program for the World Health Organization. Since leaving the Associate Deanship of the School of Public Health, Dr. Schoenrich has been deeply involved in designing and implementing flexible programs to facilitate graduate study programs in public health for working health professionals.

Over the years, Dr. Schoenrich has served on a wide variety of national organizations which recommended and established health policy as well as organizations which certified individual professionals in specialties or accredited educational and health service organizations. Examples include The National Advisory Council on Aging of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health; The Institute of Medicine Committee for Study of Allied Health Professions and The Institute of Medicine Committee for Study of Nursing; The Regional Advisory Group of the Regional Medical Program for Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke; The National Professional Standards Review Council of the Department of Health and Human Services; and The Adult Medical Care and Preventive Medicine Panels of the Graduate Medical Education Advisory Committee. She served on the American Board of Preventive Medicine, which certifies specialists in preventive medicine, and on the Board of Regents of the American College of Preventive Medicine. She served as a member and Vice Chair of the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration and chaired the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. She also served on the governing council on Chronic Disease and Rehabilitation Hospitals of the American Hospital Association. She has been active in medical societies having served on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore City Medical Society and as a member of the House of Delegates of the Medical Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

Biography courtesy of the Maryland Commission for Women, 2005.

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