The academic programs in the School of Public Health's six departments provide unmatched opportunities to work across disciplines and prepare students for careers in public health research or practice. Our students learn from award-winning teachers and mentors, and benefit from unparalleled access to unique research and internship opportunities.
The Department of Behavioral and Community Health studies the cultural and behavioral factors that influence health in order to develop innovative methods for prevention and treatment. It aims to train and cultivate behavioral and community health professionals who understand the theory and practice of public health and are committed to applying this knowledge to tackle current and emerging public health issues. Current research initiatives include developing cancer prevention programs in faith-based communities, preventing and controlling smoking and tobacco use, addressing minority health and health disparities, and promoting oral health literacy.
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics provides rigorous training in the fundamental sciences underlying public health practice. Its mission is to improve health and reduce health disparities in local communities, the state of Maryland, and the nation. Using epidemiologic methods, the department investigates social and behavioral determinants of health, with emphasis on cardiovascular disease, obesity, HIV/STIs, and cancer. Additional areas of focus include aging, health disparities, cultural competency, physical activity, and community-based interventions.
The Department of Family Science advances the concept of family well-being as the foundation for a healthy society by exploring issues such as parenting and couple relationships; poverty, domestic violence, and family finance; mental health, maternal and child health, and disparities; and family and health policy. It promotes individual, family and community strategies to improve the public’s health through research, clinical practice, family advocacy and public policy analysis at local, national and international levels.
The Department of Health Policy and Management focuses on eliminating disparities in access to health care, improving its delivery and management, creating effective health services policy and financing public health services delivery, and providing services where they are needed most. At a time of extraordinary need driven by rising health care costs, the aging of the population and growing health disparities, the department seeks to prepare students for research and careers in areas of health services delivery and administration related to these critical issues.
The Department of Kinesiology focuses on the interdisciplinary study of physical activity and its complex role in human health. Kinesiology spans from molecular and physiological studies to the examination of sport and societal approaches to physical activity and health throughout the lifespan. Recent research projects include measuring the impact of exercise on brain health and memory in those at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, designing a movement training device to rehabilitate those with balance disorders, and examining how people from different sociocultural backgrounds experience health and physical activity.
The Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health conducts groundbreaking research to better understand the role of environmental factors on human health and to inform public health interventions through both policy changes and community engagement. MIAEH’s unique combination of faculty expertise allows us to make an impact on environmental public health locally, nationally and internationally, with ongoing activities in the US, Africa, Asia and Europe. The Institute focuses not only on the impacts of air, water, food, and soil quality on human health, but also on the critical contributions of built, natural, social, economic, and work environments.