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Public health addresses complex issues: the obesity epidemic, climate change, substance abuse, aging, health disparities and much more. The University of Maryland School of Public Health, located at one of the nation’s leading public research universities, offers an unusual breadth of expertise to explore these issues through public health disciplines, and lenses as varied as engineering, arts and humanities, business and public policy.

Grounded in the philosophy that health starts where we live, learn, work and play, we partner with communities and apply research to promote health, advance health equity and create policies that will enhance health across the lifespan.

Built on a foundation of disciplines that originated over 150 years ago with the formation of the University of Maryland, the School of Public Health was founded in 2007 and received full accreditation 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/Maryland/Virginia region, offering an affordable education with outstanding professional development opportunities.

UMD SPH is comprised of six academic units:

Degree Programs
Graduate Degrees Undergraduate Degrees
Master of Arts
Kinesiology

Master of Public Health*
Concentrations include: Behavioral
and Community Health (CP),
Biostatistics (CP), Community and
Population Growth (B), Epidemiology
(CP, B), Environmental Health Sciences
(CP), Global Health (CP), Public Health
Practice and Policy (SG)

(CP) = College Park Campus
(B) = Baltimore Campus
(SG) = Shady Grove campus

Community Health (BS)
Family Science (BS)
Kinesiology (BS)
Public Health Science (BS)*

* Offered at the Shady Grove campus for undergraduates who have earned 60 credits. As of Fall 2014, offered on the College Park campus as a four-year program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs
Global Health
Gerontology
Principles of Public Health


Master of Health Administration

Master of Science
Couple and Family Therapy

Doctor of Philosophy
Programs in Behavioral and Community
Health, Epidemiology, Family Science,
Maternal and Child Health, Health Services, Kinesiology, Toxicology and Environmental Health
*Dual degree programs are offered on the
Baltimore campus which combine the MPH with other health professional degrees

The Faculty and Research
Faculty and students are involved in a broad range of scientific endeavors that advance knowledge through basic and applied research aimed at understanding and enhancing health and well-being across the lifespan. With a strong emphasis on promoting health equity and justice, many of our programs involve community-based participatory research and translational investigations, leading to appropriate and timely dissemination of research findings into practice for the community, individuals and for health care settings. Among our many research initiatives, we are home to the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, the nation’s first academic center devoted to health literacy; the Center on Young Adult Health and Development, a leading NIH-funded center focused on understanding health risk behaviors among young adults; the Maryland Center for Health Equity (an NIH Center of Excellence); and the CDC-funded University of Maryland Prevention Research Center. Research funding for the school in FY2013 totaled
$14 million.

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
Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science Metabolic Testing Lab
University of Maryland Prevention Research Center Molecular Systems Lab

The University
A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, Maryland is ranked No. 21 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and No. 14 among public universities by Forbes. The Institute of Higher Education, which ranks the world’s top universities based on research, puts Maryland at No. 38 in the world, No. 29 nationally and No. 13 among U.S. public research institutions. Located “inside the beltway” just minutes from the nation’s capital, the University of Maryland, College Park campus provides unparalleled access to unique opportunities for internships and research experiences in public health, including placements at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the CDC Washington Office, other agencies and offices in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s National Medical Center, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies. In addition to being a vibrant hub of research and policy, the D.C. area’s rich and diverse culture make it an especially lively, friendly, and accessible community where students, faculty and staff can thrive professionally
and personally.

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