University of Maryland School of Public Health
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The mission of the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Health (SPH) is to promote and protect the health and well-being of citizens of Maryland, the nation and the world through interdisciplinary education, research, public policy and practice. Building on a foundation of disciplines that originated over 150 years ago, with the formation of the university,the SPH was formally launched in 2007 and fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2010. We are the only accredited School of Public Health at a public university in the Washington, DC region. Located in the unique DC area, the SPH is proud of our distinct student community. Our student body is among the most diverse at the University of Maryland (~50% students of color).

UMD SPH is comprised of six academic units:

Degree Programs
Graduate Degrees Undergraduate Degrees
Behavioral and Community Health (PhD, MPH) Community Health (BS)
Biostatistics (MPH) Family Science (BS)
Couple and Family Therapy (MS) Kinesiology (BS)
Environmental Health Sciences (MPH) Public Health Science (BS)*
Epidemiology (MPH, PhD)
Family Science (PhD)
Health Services (MHA, PhD)
Kinesiology (MA, PhD)
Maternal and Child Health (PhD)
Public Health Practice and Policy (Executive MPH)
Toxiocology and Environmental Health (PhD)
* Offered at the Shady Grove campus for undergraduates who have earned 60 credits.

The Faculty and Research
We have a strong core of exceptional faculty who are from diverse academic disciplines. They are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarship, teaching and service, and many faculty members hold leadership positions in professional associations and activities. Faculty expertise encompasses the elements of public health including but not limited to: family science, movement science, genetics, public health informatics, health services, health policy, social epidemiology, health disparities and health behavior.Faculty and students are involved in a broad range of scientific endeavors. A particular focus of the research is on community-based participatory research and translational investigations that lead to dissemination of research findings into practice for individuals, the community and health care settings. Since UMD is a land grant institution, making a difference in our community is part of our mission.

The Centers and Laboratories
Through private endowments and federally funded initiatives, the SPH boasts a number of centers and laboratories:
Centers Laboratories
Biostatistics and Risk Assessment Center Applied Environmental Health Sciences Lab
Center for Health Behavior Research Body Density Lab
Center for Health Equity Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Labs
Center for Healthy Families Exercise Physiology Lab
Center on Aging Functional Genomics Lab
Center on Young Adult Health and Development Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention Lab
Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy Kinesiology Teaching Lab
  Metabolic Testing Lab
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Molecular Systems Lab
University of Maryland Prevention Research Center  

The University
The University of Maryland is the flagship university for the state. UMD ranks 36th among the world's research universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (12th among U.S. public universities, 28th among all U.S. universities), and is a Top 20 public research university with leading programs in public policy, the behavioral and social sciences, environmental health and other disciplines that examine the social determinants of public health. The campus is "inside the beltway," situated 20 minutes from the heart of Washington, DC. The area's rich and diverse culture makes it an especially lively, friendly, accessible community for students to thrive in professionally and personally. UMD offers unique opportunities for research and collaboration with many neighboring institutions, including:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
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