Shepherd University

Diversity and Cultural Competency Seminar


Founding Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D. is the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his bachelor degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Michigan and postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the Michigan School of Public Health. His dissertation was awarded the 1989 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award by the American Sociological Association. He was appointed a fellow at the Brookdale Foundation, awarded the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Minority Health, and the “Innovation Award” by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

He frequently lectures on minority health issues at leading universities and professional conferences and workshops. Dr. LaVeist consults often with federal agencies and healthcare organizations on minority health and cultural competency issues and racial disparities in health. He has conducted several important studies. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Center for Disease Control, and the Agency for Healthcare Research. Dr. LaVeist has published numerous articles in leading scientific journals and authored two books on health disparities.


Dr. Thomas LaVeist

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D