SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH (SPHL)2242 SPH Building, 301-405-2438
Dean: Jane E. Clark
Associate Dean(s): Dushanka Kleinman, Sandra Crouse Quinn, Stephen Roth
Assistant Dean(s): Coke Farmer
The School of Public Health provides preparation leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the following professional areas: Kinesiology, Community Health, Family Science and Public Health Science. In addition, each department offers a wide variety of courses for all university students. These courses may be used to fulfill the general education requirements and as electives.
Special Advantages and Facilities
The Friedgen Family Student Lounge, located in the SPH Building is available for use by all students in the college between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Access is through the student ID card. See the Director of Facilities in 3310 SPH Bldg if you do not have access. The Student Service Center, 2242C SPH, has study areas and computers available to SPH students from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm daily. Occasionally, availability and access are limited due to classes and student programs.
The School also offers several specialized laboratories related to student success, technology and specific course applications.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements/Degree Options
The School of Public Health offers the baccalaureate in the following fields of study: Physical Education, Kinesiology, Community Health and Family Science. The degree of Bachelor of Science is conferred upon students who have met the conditions of their curricula as herein prescribed by the School of Public Health.
The School of Public Health also offers a baccalaureate degree in Public Health Science. This is a science-based program for 3rd and 4th year students. The program is offered exclusively at the Shady Grove campus. For more information please refer to www.sph.umd.edu/phs/ .
Each candidate for a degree must file a formal application with the Office of the Registrar according to the scheduled deadlines for the anticipated semester of graduation.
At the time of matriculation and first registration, each student will meet with the departmental Undergraduate Director who will act as the student's advisor. Additionally, athletes and all students on probation or dismissal have mandatory advising and are seen by advisors in the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA).
Departments and Centers
The School is composed of several centers, departments and institutes. The Centers for Health Equity, Health Literacy, Prevention Research, Aging, Health Behavior Research and Young Adult Health and Development offer multiple opportunities for students to engage with faculty mentors in funded research projects. The following departments offer major programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science degree:
Global Public Health Scholars Living and Learning Community
College Honors Program
Phi Alpha Epsilon: Honorary Society of the School of Public Health. The purpose of this organization is to recognize academic achievement and to promote professional growth by sponsoring activities in the fields of kinesiology, family science, community health, public health science and related areas.
Students qualify for membership when they attain junior standing in kinesiology, family science, public health science or community health, and have a minimum overall average of 3.5 and a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Maryland, College Park. For additional information, please contact the Center for Academic Success and Achievement.
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OFSA) 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 more information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards within the School of Public Health include the Jerry P. Wrenn Scholarships, the Noel Myricks Endowed Scholarship, the Ned Gaylin Endowed Scholarship, the Jeanette Spier Beavers Memorial Scholarship the Andrew Billingsley Endowed Scholarship, the David Hyde Scholarship, the Doris Sands Scholarship, the Quinn Scholarship, the Alice Morgan Love Scholarships, NASPE Major of the Year Award, EDA/AAPHERD Outstanding Future Professionals Awards, the Dean's Senior Scholars Awards the Fraley Award, and several TerpStart Scholarships.
Center on Aging
The Center on Aging, as part of the Department of Health Services Administration (a graduate program), stimulates and supports aging-related activities within existing departments, colleges, and schools throughout all of the various institutions of the University System of Maryland. The Center coordinates the Graduate Gerontology Certificate (master's and doctoral levels), the university's first approved graduate certificate program. The Center assists undergraduate and graduate students interested in the field of gerontology and helps them to devise educational programs to meet their goals. It is a research center working in health and aging policy, lifelong learning and civic engagement, disability and aging, behavioral and social aspects of aging, and health service delivery systems. It also conducts community education programs, assists faculty in pursuing research activities in the field of aging, conducts conferences on adulthood and aging-related topics, provides on- and off-campus technical assistance to practitioners who serve older adults and sponsors the University of Maryland Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Legacy Leadership Institutes, the University of Maryland Retirees Association, and Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs International (RSVPI).
Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy has been established to address the major public health problem of poor health literacy and its effect on health outcomes. This is the nation's first academic based health literacy center and is devoted to improving health through the lifespan with emphasis on closing the health disparities gap. Research is needed to establish the nature of the casual relationships between and among the various factors including culture and society, education systems, health systems and health outcomes and costs to develop effective interventions and health policy. The Center was established with a generous gift from Alice Horowitz and her family.
Maryland Center for Health Equity
The Maryland Center for Health Equity is designed to address issues connected with health disparities. The emphasis is on creating effective change from the level of the individual to issues at the macro policy level. The Director is Dr. Stephen Thomas. For more information, please contact the Center at 3302E, School of Public Health Building, 301 405-8859.
The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center
Bradley O. Boekeloo, ScM, PhD
Student Engagement and Service Units
Center for Academic Success and Achievement
0222 School of Public Health Building, 301-405-2753
The Center for Academic Success and Achievement provides advising on admissions, orientation, academic policy, 4-year planning, career information, and required advising for students on academic probation or dismissal and all college athletes. The Center collaborates with the departments in recruitment, retention and graduation initiatives. The Center is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. week days for use by students for studying and group meetings. There are twelve computers available for student use.
1120 SPH Building, 301-405-2566
Public Health Without Borders
Director: Dr. Elisabeth Maring
Half the Sky Movement
Director: Dr. Elisabeth Maring