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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Public Health Science (PHSC)

School of Public Health
SPHL Room 2302 School of Public Health, 301 405-5436
Chair: B. Alving (Res Prof)
Director: K. Cipriani (Asst Dir)
Associate Professors: M. Haider (Assoc Res Prof), K. Mortensen (Asst Prof)
Assistant Professors: C. Dallal (Asst Prof), T. Dyer (Asst Prof), M. Grantham (Asst Rsch Prof), M. Jones (Asst Prof, Aff Asst Prof), E. King-Marshall (Asst Rsch Prof), D. Payne-Sturges (Asst Prof)
Lecturers: G. De Silva (Lecturer), J. O'Hara (Lecturer)

The Major

The Public Health Science Bachelor of Science degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the educational foundation required to effectively address local, national and global issues within the public health arena.  As a collaborative degree involving multiple scholarly disciplines, courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronyms:  PHSC, SPHL, HLTH, KNES, EPIB, MIEH and HLSA.

The degree effectively prepares students to pursue exciting careers in allied health fields and medicine as well as post-baccalaureate professional and academic degrees.

Program Objectives

The Public Health Science Bachelor of Science degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the educational foundation required to effectively address local, national and global issues within the public health arena.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the core public health concepts (environmental health sciences, health services administration, biostatistics, epidemiology, and social and behavioral sciences).
  2. Students will integrate scientific concepts into the solving of public health issues.
  3. Students will apply an interdisciplinary approach to inform public health practice.

Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities

The Public Health Science Program is located within the School of Public Health which houses multiple research centers and laboratories.  Grant-funded faculty mentor both graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as neuroscience, alzeimer's, global health, environmental health, health policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, concussions, sports medicine, prosthetics, health equity, tobacco, and community health.

Admission to the Major

It is recommended that prospective students enjoy science and strive to meaningfully translate this knowledge into the core mission of improving public health locally, nationally and globally.

Other Requirements for the Major

Students must earn a "C-" in all courses which are required for the major, including prerequisite courses.  Elective coursework is designed to facilitate future career interests in allied health, medicine and/or post-baccalaureate degrees.


Advising within the degree is strongly recommended.  The program advisors coordinate closely with the School of Public Health Center for Academic Success and Achievement as well as the in-house Career Center and the Campus Career Center.  Students interested in pursuing medicine should also consult the Allied Health Advising Center.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

Undergraduate research experiences, both research and applied, are highly recommended.  Multiple formal opportunities exist both within the School of Public Health as well as the Washington DC metro area.  A data base consisting of grant-funded research as well as external sites exists.  Students may also propose internship opportunities.

Fieldwork Opportunities

The School of Public Health is, by design, defined by the application of theoretical knowledge to improving health in clinical and large populations.  Multiple opportunities exist within the grant-funded SPHL research as well as the immediate metro area.


The Public Health Science degree maintains a separate internship data base.  Please consult the Program Director, Ms. Kristin Cipriani at kcips@umd.edu.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

The School of Public Health has a robust internal Honors Society composed of students from all four degree programs.  Additionally, students are encouraged to become involed in global health opportunities such as Public Health Without Borders ( http://sph.umd.edu/news-item/public-health-without-borders-students-return-peru-explore-new-projects-ethiopia ), Half the Sky Movement ( https://sph.umd.edu/content/half-sky-movement-umd ), Health Leads ( www.healthleadsusa.org/ ) and SHARE (Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment).

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Students may be partially supported through the TerpStart Scholarships, the Jerry Wrenn Scholarships, and the Federal Work Study Work Scholars grants (research internships mentored by SPH faculty).  Additionally, The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .

Awards and Recognition

The annual Convocation honors highly meritorious students who are recipients of the prestigious Dean's Scholars awards, the Jerry Wrenn Scholarship awards and the Lester M. Fraley award. 

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