What is the Public Health Science program? This is a program for third and fourth year college students to complete a Bachelor's degree. It is a science-based program which prepares students to work in the field of public health at the local, state, federal, and international level in aspects of disease prevention, health promotion, environmental protection, emergency preparedness, wellness, and a host of other public health related areas. It provides a broad survey of the many core competency areas of public health.
What are the prerequisites required to be eligible for the Public Health Science program? There are two sets of different prerequisites you must satisfy in order to be eligible. The first are a set of requirements the University of Maryland College Park requires that you complete during your freshman and sophomore year. If you transfer in as a junior, you must already have satisfied these General Education requirements. To find out more about these, please see: http://www.gened.umd.edu/elements/gened-elements.php
Additionally, you must satisfy the prerequisites required by the program. These are listed at: /content/public-health-science-program-shady-grove-prerequisite-courses
Do I have to have completed all of these prerequisites in order to be eligible for the Public Health Science program? You can be eligible for enrolling in the program if you are missing HLTH 230 Introduction to Health Behaviors, and/or BSCI 223 Microbiology. You should have earned at least 54 credits, however. You will be required to complete ALL missing prerequisites prior to entering your senior year, or final 90 credits.
Can I attend part-time if I want to? You may enroll as a part-time or a full-time student. Typically a full-time student takes 5 classes a semester.
How long will it take me to finish the program? This largely depends on you. If you enroll as a full-time student, and successfully complete 5 courses each semester, you will be able to complete the program in 2 years. If you enroll as a part-time student, it will depend on how many classes you choose to take each semester.
Do I have to have an Associate's Degree to enroll in the Public Health Science program? You do not need to have completed an Associate's Degree to enroll, however you must have earn 60 credits in order to transfer into the program. You are strongly encouraged to complete your Associate's Degree, however, in order to satisfy General Education requirements.
When are courses offered? Public Health Science program courses are offered during the day, and during the week for the most part. There are a couple of courses that are offered in the evening, but this is not an evenings/weekends format program. You will need to attend class during the day.
What degree will I earn if I graduate from the Public Health Science program? After successfully completing the program, you will earn a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science degree.
If I am a student at Shady Grove, am I still a College Park student? Yes! The campus at Shady Grove is just a satellite campus to Shady Grove. If you participate in the Public Health Science program offered by University of Maryland College Park, you are considered a College Park student. If you graduate, you will go through commencement ceremony at College Park, and will receive a College Park diploma.
What can I do with a degree in Public Health? That depends a lot on what you want to do! Public Health is a very broad field which encompasses lots of different sub-fields and professions, like epidemiology, global health, nutrition, health policy, health education, environmental health, emergency preparedness, and much more! Part of your job as a public health student will be finding which areas within public health are the most interesting to you. It also depends a lot on how well you prepare yourself for the public health workforce. It will benefit you to get to know the field, what jobs are available, and what potential employers are looking for. Then you have to get really good at marketing yourself so you can get the job you want!
If you would like to get more information on the field of public health, you may want to look at the website, What is public health? which can be found at: http://www.whatispublichealth.org/