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
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.