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Public Health Science

The School of Public Health offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Public Health Science. The core knowledge areas of public health overlay a rigorous foundation in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, genetics, and math.

Public Health Science students engage with every department in the School of Public Health, from epidemiology and biostatistics, to environmental health and health policy, to community and global health.

Students have the opportunity for individual exploration in public health through coursework, laboratory experiences, optional internships on or off campus, and a culminating research-based capstone course. Public Health Science students enter public health and healthcare professions prepared to address the growing health challenges of  today. 

Students can obtain the University of Maryland’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science on the campus at College Park or at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Information for Current and Prospective Students

Public Health Science students are expected to demonstrate their ability to:

  • Discuss the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society
  • Use basic public health concepts, methods, and tools for data collection and analysis
  • Identify the major health-related needs and concerns of populations and formulate basic processes, approaches, and interventions as possible solutions
  • Describe the underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the lifespan
  • Examine the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
  • Demonstrate the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation
  • Compare and contrast the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the health systems of the United States and other countries
  • Characterize the basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public policy
  • Illustrate the basic concepts of public health-specific writing and communication.
  • Interpret and synthesize scientific knowledge to propose evidence-based approaches and solutions to public health problems

Graduates with a B.S. in Public Health Science can:

  • Pursue professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy,  nursing, and allied health fields, such as occupational and physical therapy
  • Continue with graduate studies towards Masters, Ph.D., or MPH degrees in such disciplines as biostatistics and epidemiology, environmental health, health services and policy, or behavioral sciences
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams, both governmental and nongovernmental, at the local, state, national, and international levels in disease prevention, environmental protection, and health promotion.


Careers in Public Health

The Public Health Science major is not a limited enrollment program. You can declare the major when first accepted to UMD or once you are enrolled. 

The Shady Grove program is available to students in their junior and senior year, and does have specific prerequisites and requirements.

Declaring a Public Health Science Major

Information for Prospective SPH Students

Our Degree Programs

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BS, Public Health Science

Solve public health challenges through the lens of scientific inquiry in this interdisciplinary major that requires the study of life sciences and public health.

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BS, Public Health Science - Shady Grove

Interested in pursuing a University of Maryland Bachelor’s degree conveniently located in Montgomery County? The Public Health Science program at Shady Grove offers students a small, individualized classroom environment designed specifically for transfer students.


Learn more about PHSC@ Shady Grove
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Accelerated BS+MPH

Public Health Science majors are eligible for this accelerated program that allows select students to count 12 credits of our MPH and MHA core course curriculum at the undergraduate level (as elective credits) and enter any of our nine MPH/MHA concentrations.

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Public Health Science Students and Alumni

Boris Lushniak, Isabella Gordon, Fabian Donate and Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Spring 2021 commencement speakers.
Congratulations to Our Class of 2021 Graduates!
View Article Congratulations to Our Class of 2021 Graduates!
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SPH Graduate Kayla Foster '21 Named to the 2021 Maryland Medallion Society
View Article SPH Graduate Kayla Foster '21 Named to the 2021 Maryland Medallion Society
Congratulations Delta Omega inductees and Poster Winners
School of Public Health Inducts 2021 Delta Omega Class and Honors Poster Awardees
View Article School of Public Health Inducts 2021 Delta Omega Class and Honors Poster Awardees