Hunter Jackson Smith, MD, MPH, MBE

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Deering Hall
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205

Hunter Jackson Smith, MD, MPH, MBE is a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and the Focus Area Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance, STI, and Enteric Infections at the Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance Branch in Silver Spring, MD. In this capacity, he oversees the DoD’s disease surveillance efforts across the globe in these pathogen domains.

Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor for the Uniformed Services University in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics where he teaches preventive medicine, epidemiology, and emerging infectious disease topics. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics where he teaches bioethics. He also serves as a subject matter expert for the Department of Defense Medical Ethics Center. MAJ Smith practices travel medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he teaches clinical preventive medicine.

MAJ Smith serves on the Board of Governors of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Focus. He is also an enthusiastic member of the American College of Preventive Medicine and volunteers on several of the College’s leadership committees.

Dr. Smith is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He graduated from Tulane University with a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies. He couldn’t stay away from the crawfish etouffee, so lived in New Orleans four more years to earn his MD and MPH in Epidemiology from Tulane University. Dr. Smith completed his intern year at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii where he met his lovely wife, Joy. He went on to complete his residency training in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Uniformed Services University, during which time he earned an MBE from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

His bioethics research interests include the intersection of epidemiology and bioethics, military bioethics, emerging infectious diseases, social determinants of health, and obesity.

Research Interests

  • The intersection of epidemiology and bioethics
  • Military bioethics
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Social determinants of health
  • Obesity


  • M.D., Tulane University
  • M.P.H, Epidemiology, Tulane University
  • M.B.E., Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., Philosophy and Religious Studies, Tulane University

Recent Publications

  • Smith HJ, Earl J, Dawson L. (2023). “The ethics of personal behaviors for preventing infectious diseases in a post-COVID-19 pandemic world.” Public Health Reports. 138(5): 822-828. PMID: 37476927.
  • Smith HJ. (2022). “Ethical responsibilities of a military to the social determinants of health of its service members.” Military Medicine. 187(9-10): 252-256. PMID: 35389484.
  • Smith HJ, Piotrowski JI, & Zaza S. (2021). “Ethics of implementing U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for childhood obesity.” Pediatrics. 148(1): e2020048009. PMID: 34187910.
  • Smith, HJ. (2020). “An ethical investigation into the microbiome: The intersection of agriculture, genetics and the obesity epidemic.” Gut Microbes. 12(1): e1760712. PMID: 32432992.
  • Smith HJ, Salisbury-Afshar E, Carr B, & Zaza S. (2020). “American College of Preventive Medicine statement on prioritizing prevention in opioid research.” AMA Journal of Ethics. 22(8): E695-701. PMID: 32880357.