Why Choose Public Health at UMD?

Public health addresses complex issues: the obesity epidemic, climate change, substance abuse, aging, health disparities and much more. The University of Maryland School of Public Health, located at one of the nation’s leading public research universities, offers a unique breadth of expertise to explore these issues through public health disciplines, and lenses as varied as engineering, arts and humanities, business and public policy.

Grounded in the philosophy that health starts where we live, learn, work and play, we partner with communities and apply research to promote health, advance health equity and create policies that will enhance health across the lifespan.

Built on a foundation of disciplines that originated over 150 years ago with the formation of the University of Maryland, our School of Public Health was founded in 2007 and received full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2010. We are the only accredited school of public health at a public university in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia region, offering an affordable education with outstanding professional development opportunities. Yet, there are more reasons to pursue a degree at Maryland:

Commitment to Teaching and Mentoring

  • Learn from renowned experts in public health research and practice
  • Study with award-winning teachers and mentors committed to your career
  • Graduate students gain experience as a teaching assistant in our diverse undergraduate programs

Authentic Community Connections

  • Conduct research in local communities on projects that seek to improve food access, reduce HIV/AIDS and prevent chronic disease, among others
  • Join other UMD students on interdisciplinary projects like the Public Health Garden or Engineers Without Borders

Unparalleled Access to Unique Research and Internship Opportunities

  • Do an internship at the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency or any of the many other federal agencies in our backyard
  • Attend presentations by top researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Meet professionals from national organizations, like the American Public Health Association or the Institute of Medicine
  • Develop a capstone project with an international organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.
  • Engage in the legislative process at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis

Individualized and Flexible Programs

  • Select from graduate programs that allow part-time study suited for working professionals
  • Take courses at other D.C. metro area universities as part of a unique educational arrangement, the D.C. Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Focus on Promoting Health Equity and Justice

  • Participate in the Maryland Center for Health Equity’s Collegium of Scholars to provoke your thinking on how race, ethnicity, class and other factors affect health
  • Apply cutting edge health communication and health literacy principles to improve community health with our Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
  • Engage with our Prevention Research Center to reduce health disparities, such as high rates of HIV/AIDS, in communities along the Washington, D.C. and Maryland border

Diverse, Supportive Academic Community

  • Be part of a highly diverse student body; 50 percent of our undergraduate students and 40 percent of our graduate students come from underrepresented minority groups
  • Participate in one of several student groups based in the School of Public Health or across the university