Mieka Smart, DrPH

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Mieka Smart is an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, with appointments in the Division of Public Health and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is also the director of the College of Human Medicine Leadership for the Medically Underserved (LMU) certificate program.

Dr. Smart promotes cross-cultural student and professional development via peer-to-peer experiential learning. Since 2011, more than 150 students and faculty have participated in her global public health topics courses. She has supported, led, and designed experiential education abroad programs in Uganda, South Africa, Belize, and the United States. She serves the African Studies Center, the Institute for Global Health, the Master of Public Health Program, and undergraduate medical studies at MSU.

Dr. Smart is the principal investigator of an alcohol policy evaluation and monitoring project in Uganda, a longitudinal study designed to provide practical evidence needed to inform policy interventions, enforcement strategies, and campaigns for compliance uptake. She also serves as a co-investigator in the Methodology Core of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions. Her research interests include the prevention of mental illness and using systematic observations to monitor and evaluate public health policy interventions. She uses spatial and time series data analysis methods to understand the predictors and correlate of drug and alcohol problems.  She earned a BA in public health, and then an MHS and a DrPH in mental health at Johns Hopkins University. Her graduate studies allowed her to gain experience with geographic and time series data analysis methods, as well as generating large-scale longitudinal data via systematic social observation and merging publicly available data.


Selected Publications:

Furr‐Holden, C.D.M., Nesoff, E.D., Nelson, V., Milam, A.J., Smart, M.J., Lacey, K., Thorpe, R.J. and 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.

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.