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Department of Family Science

Our Department's Mission

Families are the foundation of society and the public’s health. The vision of the Department of Family Science is to promote the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of all families in order to eliminate the burden of disease and health disparities, and to foster resilience and social justice.

We aim to be a recognized leader in family health, defined as  the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of all families. Our faculty members are committed to high impact scholarship on family health which can inform public policy and human services delivery. Our students are the next generation of investigators, practitioners, and policy leaders who can tackle the complex health challenges facing families. 

First established at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1968 (previously called the Department of Family Studies), we are proud to be one of the only departments of family science in a school of public health in the US. We bring the synergies of our multiple disciplines from family science, couple and family therapy, maternal and child health, psychology, epidemiology, behavioral sciences, and economics among others to enhance family health and well-being.

Our Degree Programs

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BS, Family Science

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MS, Couple and Family Therapy

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PhD, Family Science

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PhD, Maternal and Child Health

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Connect With Us

Get in Touch With Our Program Directors

Kendyl Oliver
Academic Advisor
koliver3@umd.edu
(301) 405-4003

Dr. Mia Smith Bynum
Director, Family Science Honors Program 
msbynum@umd.edu 
301-405-0299

Colton (Tanner) Kilpatrick, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Family Science
tkilpat@umd.edu
(301) 405-3500

Colton (Tanner) Kilpatrick, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Family Science
tkilpat@umd.edu
(301) 405-3500

Recent FMSC News

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School of Public Health Honors Outstanding Students During 2022 Convocation
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Delta Omega 2022 Congratulations
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FMSC News in Maryland Today

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Family science offers you this very deep lens into who somebody is and helps you understand them in a way that no other fields of study can really help you do.

Gabrielle Frohlich, student of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland