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School of Public Health Degree and Certificate Programs

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Undergraduate Programs

  • B.S. - Behavioral and Community Health (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Bachelor of Science in Community Health degree program prepares students for a variety of careers that make meaningful contributions to the health and welfare of the individual and society. The increasing emphasis on prevention rather than solely on treating the ill has led many institutions to develop health promotion and wellness programs for community members and employees. The Community Health program focuses on understanding the cultural and behavioral determinants of health, as well as developing innovative approaches to prevention and treatment that influence good public health.
  • B.S. - Family Science (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in Family Science focuses on the study of families and the challenges they face in contemporary society. The major offers excellent training in scientific methods to understand family development, behavior, and strengths, and to solve family problems. Students learn to describe, explain, and improve the quality of family life through education, applied research, policy analysis, and human services program management. The curriculum focuses on individual and family development over the life span, examining social, cultural, economic, health, and historical trends that affect family functioning. Students develop superior com- munication and problem solving skills, and are able to relate well to people from diverse backgrounds.

  • B.S. - Kinesiology (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree program provides a well-rounded, scholarly understanding of human movement and physical activity. Instruction within the Department of Kinesiology addresses the historical, cultural, developmental and biophysical bases for participation in movement activities, with application to sport, physical activities, and wellness for people of all ages. Students develop an understanding of how human movement occurs, the factors that directly influence movement, and the benefits of a movement-oriented lifestyle.

  • B.S. - Public Health Science (at Shady Grove, also offered in College Park in Fall 2014)
  • The Public Health Science program is a science-based bachelor's program for 3rd and 4th year college students who have earned 60 credits. The program prepares students to work in the field of public health at the local, state, federal, and international levels in many aspects of disease prevention, health promotion, environmental protection, emergency preparedness, and wellness, and a host of other public health-related areas. Students must satisfy several prerequisite courses in order to enter the program, including several science courses.

Master's Programs

  • Master of Arts - Kinesiology (PDF of program flyer)
    The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree and program in Kinesiology prepares the next generation of researchers, scholars, teachers, and professional leaders in the interdisciplinary field of Kinesiology. Kinesiologists focus on health and wellness with movement at the core, so their skills are in demand. Students can focus their course of study in one of several areas, including cognitive motor neuroscience, exercise physiology, physical cultural studies and the K-12 phsyical education master's certificate (MCERT).

  • Master of Health Administration (PDF of program flyer)

    The Department of Health Services Administration combines health care management with health sevices delivery systems to address issues in health care systems, health care delivery and management, health services policy, disparities in access to care, long term care, chronic disease and disability care, and financing and economics in public health services delivery. The master's degree in Health Services Administration (MHA) is designed to give students a strong knowledge base in health care management and health service delivery systems and an understanding of the basic and core principles of public health

  • Master of Public Health program
  • Our Master of Public Health programs provide unmatched opportunities to work
    across disciplines and will prepare you for the specific career you seek in public
    health. Our graduates are prepared to navigate the intersections of research,
    practice, planning, administration and policy development, and to tackle current
    and emerging public health issues.
  • Concentrations include:

    The Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department offers two Master of Public Health (MPH) programs, with one track in epidemiology and the other in biostatistics. The programs are small and highly competitive, and offer students the opportunity to work closely with departmental faculty and other researchers throughout the School of Public Health. The MPH programs accommodate full and part-time students (while the PhD program is exclusively for full-time students). Funding through research assistantships may be available to the most qualified applicants. Applications to any of the graduate programs must be received by January 15 to be considered for fall admission.

    The Behavioral and Community Health Master of Public Health (MPH) program trains health professionals to effectively navigate the intersections of research, practice, planning, administration and policy development in a society and world that is presented with enormous health challenges, from the obesity epidemic to mental health disorders to substance abuse. Graduates are highly competitive in the fast-growing marketplace of behavioral and community health. Our alumni find opportunities in both the private and public sector in public health agencies, volunteer programs, and in business and industry. Career opportunities also abound in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, public health and mental health programs, as well as community programs.

    Environmental health research explores the impacts of our natural and man-made environment on human health. Yet, the “environment” is not limited to air, water, soil and food. It also encompasses socio-cultural, economic, work, and family environments. Translational research is at the core of “applied environmental health.” The MPH in Environmnetal Health Sciences degree program focuses not only on research, but on translating environmen- tal health research findings into positive actions and public health interventions that are appropriate in the context of sociocultural and economic environments at local, national, and global levels. Students in the MPH program may choose to focus on environmental determinants in one or more specialty areas: infectious diseases, health disparities, spatial epidemiology, food toxicology or chronic diseases.

    The Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department offers two Master of Public Health (MPH) programs, with one track in epidemiology and the other in biostatistics. The programs are small and highly competitive, and offer students the opportunity to work closely with departmental faculty and other researchers throughout the School of Public Health. The MPH programs accommodate full and part-time students, while the PhD program is exclusively for full-time students. Funding through research assistantships may be available to the most qualified applicants. Applications to any of the graduate programs must be received by January 15 to be considered for fall admission.

    Gain the knowledge, skills and resources needed to assume leadership roles in
    addressing important public health policy, practice and management issues nationally
    and globally. This blended learning program is designed for working professionals. Intensive leadership training begins immediately on the first day of the program and is woven throughout other courses. The internship provides an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization. The capstone project enables you to integrate your entire course learning in a final project. Instruction is delivered in a blended learning format with stimulating online courses supplemented by six weekends of on-site instruction. These on-site weekends provide an opportunity to integrate online learning with leadership driven practice

  • Master of Science - Couple and Family Therapy (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) M.S. program ranks among the nation's top three and provides students with coursework and supervised clinical training required in states with Couple and Family Therapy licensure. The program trains professionals in superior therapeutic skills, ethi- cal integrity, intellectual curiosity, and a sincere commitment to working with families from diverse populations. The CFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Doctoral Programs

  • PhD - Behavioral and Community Health (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Behavioral and Community Health Doctoral (PhD) degree program trains health professionals to effectively navigate the intersections of research, practice, planning, administration and policy development in a society and world that is presented with enormous health challenges, from the obesity epidemic to mental health disorders to substance abuse. Graduates are highly competitive in the fast-growing marketplace of behavioral and community health. Alumni find opportunities in both the private and public sector in public health agencies, volunteer programs, and in business and industry. Career opportunities also abound in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, public health and mental health programs, as well as community programs

  • PhD - Epidemiology (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics provides rigorous training in the fundamental sciences underlying public health practice. It offers a flexible and individualized learning environment to study the distribution and determinants of various diseases, injuries, and other health states in human populations, and the theory and biostatistical techniques for describing, analyzing, and interpreting health data. The PhD program in epidemiology offers students the opportunity to work closely with departmental faculty and other researchers throughout the School of Public Health and is offered exclusively to full-time students. Funding through research assistantships may be available to the most qualified applicants. Applications to any of the graduate programs must be received by January 15 to be considered for fall admission.

  • PhD - Family Science (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Family Science provides an interdisciplinary, research-oriented approach to the discovery and application of knowledge about families. This exciting program examines both internal family processes and the dynamic interaction of families with the biological, psychological, social, political, and economic aspects of their environment. Graduates are prepared for a number of careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, including university teaching, research, family policy analysis, and administrative positions in human service programs. The Ph.D. program adopts an ecological or systems approach to the study of families and the problems they face in today's society. The program of study provides doctoral students with a broad knowledge of family theory, research methodology, family policy, family programs, ethnic families, and major issues confronting contemporary families. Students also learn to design, implement, and evaluate culturally-sensitive interventions addressing family needs and to analyze the consequences of public/private policies on family well-being.
  • PhD - Health Services (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Department of Health Services Administration combines health care management with health sevices delivery systems to address issues in health care systems, health care delivery and management, health services policy, disparities in access to care, long term care, chronic disease and disability care, and financing and economics in public health services delivery. The doctoral program in Health Services (PhD) provides interdisciplinary training in research, practice, and policy analysis relevant to the planning, administration, management, and evaluation of health and public health programs.

  • PhD - Kinesiology (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program in Kinesiology prepares the next generation of researchers, scholars, teachers, and professional leaders in the interdisciplinary field of Kinesiology. Kinesiologists focus on health and wellness with movement at the core, so their skills are in demand. Students can focus their course of study in one of several areas, including cognitive motor neuroscience, exercise physiology, physical cultural studies and the K-12 phsyical education master's certificate (MCERT).
  • PhD - Maternal and Child Health (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Ph.D. program provides training relevant to health problems and services for women, infants, children, and adolescents. Students are trained in research, policy, and practice
    to improve the health, safety, and well-being of these groups, with a particular emphasis on low income and ethnic minority populations. The program is unique in its focus on the whole family system and family health policy.

  • PhD - Toxicology and Environmental Health (PDF of program flyer)
  • The Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health strives to advance knowledge about the effects of environmental factors on human health through innovative, multi-disciplinary research. Programs exlpore a broad range of environmental health problems and aim to discover solutions that will effectively improve public health outcomes for the citizens of our state, the nation, and the world. The doctoral program in toxicology and environmental health is part of the University of Maryland System-Wide Program in Toxicology, but degrees are granted by the University of Maryland, College Park. All students are mentored closely by our faculty members and gain practical experience through an internship focused on translating research into action.

Certificate Programs

  • Certificate in Global Health
  • The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Global Health is designed to provide basic knowledge in global health delivery to those employed or seeking employment in positions requiring this knowledge or to individuals who desire this added credential. The Global Health Certificate provides knowledge of issues, policies, and practices in global health that enables individuals (many of whom do not have public health backgrounds) to work effectively in agencies and programs providing global health services. As an area for study, research, and practice, global health emphasizes translational health issues, synthesizing population-based prevention with evidenced based, community supported initiatives

  • Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program
  • Gerontology, the study of the processes associated with aging, is multidisciplinary in nature. There is an ongoing need to educate practitioners, researchers, educators and the public on the rapidly growing body of knowledge concerning an aging population. The multi-disciplinary Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program (GGCP) is a Board of Regents approved program that addresses the national need to educate professionals to work with the growing population of baby boomers and older persons. The GGCP offers students an individually tailored curriculum of course work, supervised internships and research.

  • Certificate in Public Health
  • The Principles of Public Health Certificate (PHC) is an online post-baccalaureate program with a 15 credit (five courses) rigorous and engaging multi-disciplinary curriculum that provides a foundation in the core principles of public health. It can be completed in as little as eight months without taking leave time from work. The program resides in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. The exceptional foundation in the Principles of Public Health Certificate will raise your career trajectory, increasing your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, core public health competencies and career advancement readiness. The core courses enable you to advance your understanding of the science, theory and practice of public health. This curriculum reflects the broad range of knowledge and skill-based competencies germane to public health practice in the 21st century.

 
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