Robert S. Gold, Ph.D., Dr.P.H.: is Professor and Dean, College of Health and Human Performance, and Co-Director of the Public Health Informatics Laboratory, University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Gold has extensive experience in public health research design and evaluation, community development and work with minority populations. His research interests pertain to the appropriate application of technology to public health problems. Dr. Gold holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in health education with major emphases in computer science and research design, and a Dr.P.H. from the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health in Houston in Community Health Practice with major areas of study program evaluation and epidemiology.