Programs

Why choose the University of Maryland?

Our students have full access to faculty who will guide you through all phases of the program to ensure your educational goals are met.  Our Washington, DC area location provides unparalleled opportunities for research experiences in public health, including placements at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Center for Health Statistics), Children's National Medical Center, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injuries, and other health states in human populations. As the fundamental science of public health practice, epidemiology provides the conceptual and applied tools necessary for the study of public health problems. The 43-credit professional degree prepares graduates to work in public health settings as practitioners, researchers, administrators, and consultants.

Biostatistics

Biostatistics is a science that addresses theory and techniques for describing, analyzing, and interpreting health data. The discipline is primarily focused on applications to problems in health, medical, and biological sciences. The 43-credit professional degree prepares graduates to work in public health settings as practitioners, researchers, administrators, and consultants.

Doctoral (PhD)

Epidemiology

Our Ph.D. program prepares students for a career in epidemiologic research in an academic, government, or private sector settings. Students will master essential core knowledge in the principles and methodology of epidemiological research and practice. Students may work with their advisor to design their own research specialization or they may designate one of our two specializations: 1) Social Epidemiology, and 2) Environmental Epidemiology.

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Biostatistics and bioinformatics are important research fields in statistics with immensely broad applications in public health, medical and biological research. Bioinformatics is the science of developing and employing computational tools and techniques to analyze complex biological data, such as genome sequences, and has significant overlap with biostatistics. Students in our Ph.D. program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to take advantage of the increasing research opportunities in this rapidly developing field. For more information about this program and the application process contact statgrad@deans.umd.edu.