For Prospective Students
Prospective Students Say...
ATTENTION: Application Deadline is January
15th for ALL Applicants
Why Behavioral and Community Health?
Community Health is a service-oriented profession with a variety
of career opportunities that can make meaningful contributions to
the health and welfare of the individual and society.
The Association of Schools of Public Health has developed a What
is Public Health? website that gives an overview of public health
and emphasizes the relevance of public health to everyone's lives.
It features a two-minute Flash animation about public health on
the home page, as well as number of resources for learning more
about public health.
Today, with the emphasis on prevention rather than solely on treating
the ill, many institutions are developing health promotion and wellness
programs for community members.
Why University of Maryland?
- President Mote's "Taking
Stock: State of the University 1999-2004" address, presented
September 13, 2004
- From September 2002 Message from President Mote:
“…the University of Maryland has gained national recognition
as one of the fastest rising public research institutions in the
“One indication of Maryland’s stature is the well-traveled
path of national and international leaders through College Park…Nelson
Mandela…Bill Cosby…Bill Clinton…Kofi Annan …[for
“Kaplan’s annual survey of guidance counselors just
named us one of the top 10 hot schools in the nation, in the company
of Harvard, Duke, UCLA and Princeton. The Unbiased, Unofficial
Guide to Colleges compiles this list using the perceptions of
counselors who guide college applicants in their college searches.”
“A big draw is the quality of our faculty, with six Pulitzers,
a Nobel Laureate, scores of Fulbrights, and 31 faculty who are
members of the national academies.”
facts about the University of Maryland at College Park
- From “Outlook,” the University
of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper:
“…[UMCP] moved up significantly in the latest U.S.
News and World Report rankings in categories that reflect the
quality of academic programs as well as the quality of the overall
undergraduate experience. Among all national public universities,
Maryland ranks 18th this year in a tie with Georgia, breaking
into the top 20 for the first time.” According to Maryland’s
President Dan Mote, “The improved rankings are a natural
consequence of our broadly based movement into the ranks of the
best universities in the country.”
Some Alumni Comments
My workwith the Association of Public Health Laboratories
is really challenging and affects national policy. It's a perfect
meld between my laboratory background and public health degree.
As Program Coordinator/Health Education Specialist
for Maternal and Child Health at the State Health Department in
the Center for Health Promotion, Education, and Tobacco Use Prevention,
I am using much of my MPH education - it's a lot of program planning,
evaluation, health communication, etc. (MPH)
Some Thoughts from
People enter degree programs in Behavioral and Community Health with
different goals, for different reasons, and from a wide array of
personal and academic backgrounds and interests. Many are motivated
by experiences of their family and friends, or by a unique sensitivity
to a specific area of need. Among those considering graduate study,
academic and professional backgrounds include medicine, dentistry,
teaching, marketing, public relations, anthropology and Peace Corp
Take a look at some prospective students' expressions of interest
in Behavioral and Community Health
and attraction to UMCP
and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.
Professional / Employment Opportunities
There is a growing need for health professionals who can interface
between fields of practice, research, planning, administration and
program in Behavioral and Community Health prepares health education
researchers of the highest quality. Students develop research skills
essential in making significant contributions to the scientific
and professional literature in health education. The goal of the
program is to develop health professionals competent in understanding
the health needs of the nation and qualified to conduct research that will result in setting the public health agenda for the future.
The MPH in Community
Health Education program develops professional community
health educators who understand the science, theory, and practice
of public health and can apply this knowledge toward the enhancement
of health status in communities. Students participate in both academic
and applied training in program planning and implementation, program
evaluation, public policy analysis, research and management.
Community Health Education MPH graduates are being sought in the field of public health, especially in the area of behavioral science. Career opportunities abound in both the private and public sectors - in public health agencies, volunteer programs, in business and in industry. MPH graduates are highly
competitive in the fast-growing marketplace of community health
education and public health.