The Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science at the University of Maryland, College Park consists of 120 credit hours. The program includes undergraduate courses in public health and science and culminates with a 3-credit capstone experience.

Scientific Foundation Courses (31 credits)

Certain mathematical techniques and scientific principles serve as a foundation for future study in Public Health Science. These courses cover the scientific concepts essential to advanced study in the field and are instructed through the following:

Course ID Course Title Ged/Ed  Credit
MATH120* Elementary Calculus I FSMA 3
BSCI170/171§ Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology DSNL 3/1
BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I   4
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II   4
CHEM131/132 Chemistry 1- Fundamentals of General Chemistry/General Chemistry I Lab DSNL 3/1
CHEM231/232 Organic Chemistry I/Organic Chemistry Lab I   3/1
BSCI222 Principles of Genetics   4
BSCI223 General Microbiology SCIS 4

* Previously MATH220
§ Previously BSCI105

Public Health Science Foundation Courses (31 credits)

In addition to the scientific foundation courses, the major also studies discipline specific courses that lead to advanced study in the field. These courses include, but are not limited to, the five core disciplines of public health (behavioral science, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and health services administration) as well as kinesiology. Progression through the courses is standardized; you can more information on that under Course Progression.

Course ID Course Title Ged/Ed Credit
HLTH366 Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health   3
EPIB300 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice FSAR 3
EPIB301 Epidemiology for Public Health Practice    3
MIEH300 Introduction to Environmental Health    3
MIEH400 Introduction to Global Health DVUP 3
KNES360 Physiology of Exercise   4
HLSA300 Introduction to Health Policy and Services   3
PHSC401 History of Public Health    3
PHSC415 Essentials of Public Health Biology: The Cell, The Individual, and Disease   3
PHSC497 Public Health Science Capstone DSSP 3

Public Health Science Options (12 credits)

The Public Health Science option courses build upon the Scientific and Public Health Science Foundation courses. The option courses are 300 and 400 level courses offered within the School of Public Health*. By choosing from these courses, students have an opportunity to customize their program. Students are encouraged to choose courses that best align with a particular career goal.

    Course ID        Course Title Credits
EPIB330 The Coming Plague 3
EPIB400 Obesity: An Epidemiologic Perspective 3
FGSM320** Federal Fellow Seminar: Public Health Policy 3
FMSC310§ Maternal, Child, and Family Health 3
FMSC460 Violence in Families 3
HLTH371 Communicating Safety and Health 3
HLTH377 Human Sexuality 3
HLTH424 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health 3
HLTH434 Introduction to Public Health Informatics 3
HLTH460 Minority Health 3
HLTH471 Women's Health 3
HLSA484 Redesigning Health Care: Developing a Clinic to Meet Community Needs 3
KNES460 Physiology of Aging and the Impact of Physical Activity 3
KNES461 Exercise and Body Composition 3
MIEH321 Syphilis to SARS: Climate Change, Development, and Emergence of Infectious Diseases 3
MIEH330 Environmental Justice, Racism, and Environmental Health Disparities 3
MIEH331 The Built Environment, Sustainability, and Public Health 3
MIEH480 Introduction to Occupational Health 3
PEER318/319 CARE Peer Advocacy/Outreach 3/3
PEER311/321 Peer Education: Mental Health & Wellness Fall/Spring 3/3
PEER312/322 Peer Education: Sexual Assault Prevention Fall/Spring 3/3
PEER313/323 Peer Education: Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Fall/Spring 3/3
PEER314/324 Peer Education: Sexual Health & Wellness Fall/Spring 3/3
PHSC389# Independent Research Study in Public Health Science 1-6
PHSC399# Public Health Science Internship 1-6
PHSC402 Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3
PHSC412 Food, Policy, and Public Health  
PHSC420 Vaccines and Immunology 3
PHSC425 Genetics, Genomics, and Public Health 3

* Some of these courses have prerequisites. Please check testudo for details.
**This course is part of the federal semeser program and includes an application process
§ Formery FMSC410
¶ These courses are part of a peer education program run by the University Health Center. An application is required and you can find more information here.
# No more than 6 combined credits of independent study and internship can be counted as PHSC options. Independent study and internships from other departments can sometimes also be counted as PHSC options credit. Please meet with an advisor for more information.

General Education Requirements

All University of Maryland graduates are required to complete the University's general education requirements. Through the General Education Program, students experience the University’s many resources while acquiring additional knowledge and skills that result in a more well-rounded graduate. The equivalent of twenty-three (23) of these credits can be satisfied by simply completing the requirements of the major.

General Electives

Public Health Science majors can choose several elective courses to complete their 120 credit graduation requirement. These elective are in addition to the Public Health Science Option courses. They can be used for a second major, a minor, or as prerequisites for professional schools.

Food, Policy, and Public Health