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About Us: Public Health Science

Welcome from the Program Director

Stephen Roth, staff member of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland
Stephen Roth

Public Health Science is a unique interdisciplinary program for the University of Maryland. We are proud of our program’s incredible diversity, with over half of our majors being women of color. Our students are interested in the breadth of public health issues, from the challenges of global pandemics to local health interventions and education campaigns, and everything in between. Their career interests span public health, medicine, research, allied health, and other related fields. We offer the BS degree at both our College Park and Shady Grove campuses, with the Shady Grove campus serving as a pipeline for area community college students transitioning into a bachelor’s degree program.

PHSC students can put public health into practice beyond the classroom, from internships to student groups. Students Engaged In Public Health (SEIPH) is a student group focused on pursuing public health education beyond the classroom. Student advisory committees provide important feedback about the student experience to our leadership team as we continually seek to provide the best possible educational environment.

Interested in joining Public Health Science? We have an experienced advising team ready to help you determine if PHSC is the right degree program for you. 

Stephen Roth, PhD
Professor and Director

Our History

The University of Maryland first offered the Public Health Science degree in 2009 at the Universities at Shady Grove. In fall 2014, the program opened at the University of Maryland, College Park. Since then the program has grown to become the fifth largest major on campus, attracting students interested in the intersections of science and public health.