About Advising

Academic advising is an ongoing process that helps students clarify their educational and career goals, and then chart a meaningful plan for achieving those goals. Advising is the joint responsibility of the student and the advisor. The advisor assists students in evaluating their degree progress and helps them select appropriate courses and other educational experiences tailored to their personal goals. Ultimately, students are responsible for making decisions, setting and meeting identified goals and published requirements. (Advising Community Group, University of Maryland).

Fall and Spring Departmental Walk-in Hours:

We are happy to now offer 16 walk-in timeslots, 15-minutes each, available on Wednesdays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.  First come, first-served.  You must sign up in the Behavioral and Community Health office during the walk-in period (no advance scheduling accepted).  Meetings are with Ms. Jenny Hodgson or Dr. Nancy Smith who will pick you up in the BCH office!

Departmental walk-in appointments are great for:

•             Information on University, School, and Departmental policy

•             General questions that do not require a review of your academic plan or transcript

Click HERE to make an appointment with a Department of Behavioral and Community Health undergraduate advisor now.

*Note that advising appointments are typically set up the week before openings are available. If there are no appointments set up for the following week, please check back again.

Behavioral and Community Health Advisors:

There are two advisors within the Department of Behavioral and Community Health who are available to meet with Community Health majors and prospective majors: Jenny Hodgson and Dr. Nancy Smith.  Each student is not assigned to a specific advisor, and can feel free to schedule an appointment online with Jenny or Dr. Smith at a mutually convenient time. Advising in the Community Health major is not mandatory, but we encourage students to check in with an advisor regularly to ensure that academic requirements are being met appropriately. To make an appointment with Dr. Smith or Jenny, please click on the link above.

Our two advisors, Dr. Nancy Smith (left) and Ms. Jenny Hodgson (right).Our two advisors, Dr. Nancy Smith (left) and
Ms. Jenny Hodgson (right).

Jenny Hodgson, MPH, CHES

Dr. Nancy Smith









It is SPH policy that if a student wishes to bring parents, legal guardians or family members to a meeting with an advisor, faculty member or other School official, this meeting must be scheduled at least 1 business day in advance, and University parties involved must be notified that the student’s parent, legal guardian, or family member will be present at the meeting. The student must also have the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Academic Release Information Form on file with the department.  You may contact an advisor in the department to receive a copy of this form if you want to sign it, or you may print it using the link. See your Community Health Undergraduate Handbook for more information.