Welcome Information for Graduate Students

Welcome to the School of Public Health.  We look forward to seeing you at orientation!  In the meantime, here is some information to get you started on the ‘to do’ list of tasks for incoming students.

Below you will find information about many of the things you will need to do in your first days at the School of Public Health. International students should visit the International Student & Scholar Services' New Student Central for additional information.

Submit your FINAL transcript from your previous institution

Go into your UMD graduate application online and submit your final transcript from your previous institution, which shows your awarded degree. If you do not, your registration for UMD courses will be blocked and you may have difficulty getting into your preferred courses.

Directory ID and e-mail account set-up

The University uses CAS (Central Authentication Service) for almost ALL online resources access. You must create a Directory ID, and password.

All graduate students should have an UMD e-mail account. These are the “...(directory)…@umd.edu” accounts.

To create your directory ID (or activate your password for an assigned ID) and activate your account services (such as e-mail), please access the following link: http://www.oit.umd.edu/new/

Wi-Fi Access

As it offers the best data security available, "umd-secure" is the preferred wireless network for all faculty, staff, and students. Users will be prompted for their Directory ID and password via a pop-up login window when authentication is necessary.

Course Registration

To register for your first semester courses, please meet with your advisor (in person or via phone) to discuss your course registration first. You will register using “Testudo,” the student services website.

Identification Card

You must first be registered for classes to obtain a student identification (ID) card. Your student ID card can be obtained at the Office of Records and Registration in the Mitchell Building Information Booth (located on the first floor). Additional photo identification must be provided when acquiring your student ID card (e.g. Driver’s license or passport).

SPH – Door Access (GA Offices, Labs, Classroom, and Building Access)

The SPH building uses swipe card access (using your University ID card) for most room access. Requests for swipe card access must be approved by your advisor and submitted online and the department must approve your access. Use your UMD directory ID (i.e., email user name) and password to access the link.

For building hours visit the SPH Solutions Center website. Be aware that the door schedule changes each semester.

Door access is approved by the department and controlled by the Dean’s office. If you experience any problems with your card access, please follow up with SPH Solutions Center via the online ticketing system.

Sign up for UMD Alerts

The UMD Alerts System is a mass, urgent notification system, comprised of a variety of methods by which the University can notify students, faculty and staff of an active, major campus emergency:

  • Text messages (SMS) to mobile devices
  • Email
  • Feed to Alertus Beacons
  • Early Warning Siren

Visit UMD Alerts System for more information and to register.

Printing in SPH

WEPA (Wireless Everywhere Print Anywhere) is a wireless printing service that allows students to print documents at a WEPA kiosk from the web, USB drive, smartphone or any computer. To pay for printing, you will need to have sufficient funds in your Terrapin Express account to cover the cost of printing, which is currently $0.10 per black & white page, and $0.50 for color copies. There are two WEPA printing stations located in SPH: one on the ground floor near the fitness center and one in the atrium on the second floor, near the Dean’s Suite. More information. For more information, please visit Printing at a WEPA Kiosk.

Parking Permit

Campus parking is controlled through the Department of Transportation Services.

For more information about how to purchase your parking, please visit the Department of Transportation Services. The campus also runs a shuttle service that might work well for you, and has information about green commuting options and other transportation ideas.

Bikes are not to be stored in any room in the SPH bldg.

Connect with SPH on Social Media

Facebook: University of Maryland School of Public Health

Instagram: umdpublichealth

Twitter: @UMDPublicHealth

YouTube: University of Maryland School of Public Health

LinkedIn: Connect with UMD School of Public Health community on LinkedIn by going to: http://ter.ps/SPHlinkedin and requesting to join. *You must create a LinkedIn profile if you don’t have one already in order to join. 

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