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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


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.

Programs combining service and instruction are provided by the Children's Health and Developmental Clinic (see KNES389E) and the Adult Health and Developmental Program (see HLSA287).

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:

Department of Behavioral and Community Health
Department of Family Science
Department of Kinesiology
Public Health Science (at the College Park campus and also the Shady Grove Campus)


Living-Learning Programs

Global Public Health Scholars Living and Learning Community
The School of Public Health offers a Global Public Health Scholars program within the College Park Scholars Living and Learning Communities.  For more information please refer to www.scholars.umd.edu .


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.

Financial Assistance

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.

Research Units

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
Professor, Department of Public and Community Health
Director, Prevention Research Center
University of Maryland School of Public Health
College Park, MD 20742
Office: 301-405-8546
Cell: 202-841-8546

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.

Gymkana Troupe

1120 SPH Building, 301-405-2566
Director: Scott Welsh

For over 60 years, the University of Maryland Gymkana Troupe has been influencing young people to live healthy lifestyles. Founded at the University of Maryland College Park campus in 1946, the troupe has traveled throughout Maryland and neighboring states promoting drug-free living. Each of its 60+ members pledges themselves to be drug-free. Through their role-modeling and unique gymnastic performances, they have influenced hundreds of thousands of people to join them in living a drug-free life. The troupe, which is open to all University of Maryland students of all abilities, is considered a one-of-a-kind organization and is believed to be the only collegiate exhibitional gymnastic troupe actively touring the United States.  As an outreach program of the School of Public Health, Publthe Gymkana Troupe uses peer role models who share their experiences and their message of healthy living with others. Students influencing students to avoid drugs is the heart of Gymkana's program.

Public Health Without Borders

Director: Dr. Elisabeth Maring
Website: http://sph.umd.edu/content/public-health-without-borders

Half the Sky Movement

Director: Dr. Elisabeth Maring

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