Academic Programs

Our mission is to provide students with a strong knowledge base in health care management and health services delivery systems and an understanding of the basic and core principles of public health. The overarching goals of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are to "improve access to health care, improve health outcomes, improve the quality of health care, eliminate health disparities, improve the public health and health care systems, enhance the ability of the health care system to respond to public health emergencies, and achieve excellence in management practices." With a degree in Health Administration from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, graduates will be outfitted with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to take on these and other important issues that face the United States and beyond.

The Programs

The Master's Degree in Health Services Administration (MHA) is designed to give students a strong knowledge base in health care management and health service delivery systems and an understanding of the basic and core principles of public health.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation is designed to train students as public health scientists and practitioners that focus practice and/or research activities on the understanding, analysis, evaluation, and development of health policy.

The MPH program in Health Equity is a unique and interdisciplinary program with students taking courses across all departments at UMD-SPH and across the UMD campus. It is designed to train students as public health scientists and practitioners that focus practice and/or research activities on the recognition, description and elimination of health disparities.

The Doctoral Program in Health Services (PhD) provides interdisciplinary training in research, practice and policy analysis relevant to the planning, administration, management and evaluation of health and public health programs.

The Executive Master of Public Health (eMPH) in Public Health Practice and Policy provide working professionals with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to assume leadership roles in addressing important public health policy, practice and management issues. Much of the course-work will be online and the program can be completed in as few as 18 months or according to a timeline that works for busy professionals. 

A post-baccalaureate Certificate in the Principles of Public Health is also being offered . This online, 15-credit program provides a foundation in the core principles of public health. It can be completed in as little as eight months without taking leave time from work.

Market Demand for Graduates

The Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Maryland provides an opportunity to train students and future public health leaders. The department offers high quality, affordable degrees and develops research responsive to the needs of the public in Maryland. UMCP has a unique location in close proximity to federal government agencies, the United States Congress, and a variety of public health policy think tanks, as well as the Maryland state capital and several county governments. Students have the opportunity to take full advantage of resources available in Washington D.C. while also applying their knowledge, tools, and resources to health services issues specific to the State of Maryland.