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Curriculum: Public Health Science - Shady Grove

The Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Science at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) consists of 120 credits. Up to 60 of those credits can be transferred from a community college or another accredited 4-year institution. The remaining 60 credits are completed in UMD’s Public Health Science program at Shady Grove and can be completed either on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday in-person, including some evening and a limited number of online courses. Students entering the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove will have completed their freshman and sophomore years at a community college or accredited 4-year institution prior to transferring into the major. All coursework for the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove is offered at the 300 and 400-level.

Prior to transferring, students must successfully complete the following prerequisite courses with grades of C- or higher


Course Title University of Maryland Course Course Credit
Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology/Lab BSCI170/171 3/1
Human Anatomy and Physiology I BSCI201 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II BSCI202 4
General Microbiology BSCI223 4
Elementary Calculus 1 MATH120 3
Fundamentals of General Chemistry/ Lab CHEM131/132 3/1
Organic Chemistry 1 OR Essentials of Organic & Biochemistry** CHEM231/232 or CHEM105 3/1
Principles of Genetics BSCI222 4
One of the following: HLTH130, HLTH230, ANTH260, SOCY100, SOCY105, or PSYC100 3

**Students transferring from Montgomery College may take the MC equivalent of CHEM150: Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry in place of the UMD equivalent of CHEM231/232

Application consideration will be given to students who have not yet completed the UMD equivalents of BSCI222 and/or CHEM231/232. Once admitted, these courses must be completed with grades of C- or higher by the end of the student’s second semester in the major. 

Please refer to the prerequisite equivalencies for the following community colleges: Montgomery College, Frederick Community College, Prince George’s Community College, and Howard Community College


For the full list of transfer course equivalencies and for additional transfer course information, please refer to UMD’s Transfer Credit Services

Once in the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove, students are immersed in coursework exemplifying many of the various disciplines in the public health field. These courses include, but are not limited to, the five core disciplines of public health, including behavioral science, epidemiology, environmental health, and health services administration.  Students must complete each of these requirements with grades of C- or higher. Please refer to the Public Health Science standard fall and spring course schedule to determine which courses are offered in each semester.


Course ID Course Title Credits
PHSC300 Foundations of Public Health 3
HLTH366 Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health 3
EPIB301 Epidemiology for Public Health Practice 3
EPIB315 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice 3
HLSA300 Introduction to Health Policy and Services 3
MIEH300 Introduction to Environmental Health 3
MIEH400 Introduction to Global Health 3
KNES320 Physiology of Exercise 4
PHSC415 Essentials of Public Health Biology: The Cell, The Individual, and Disease 3
PHSC497 Public Health Science Capstone 3

In addition to the prerequisite and Public Health Science Foundation courses, students must take 12 credits of Public Health Science Options coursework. These courses are intended to build upon existing knowledge, offering students the opportunity to customize their programmatic experience and explore topics of interest on a deeper level. The Public Health Science program at Shady Grove typically offers 3-4 Options courses each semester, based on student feedback and interest.  

Examples of Public Health Science Options courses include: 

  • The Built Environment, Sustainability, and Public Health
  • Food, Policy, and Public Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Public Health Informatics
  • History of Public Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Policy Advocacy and Public Health 
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness

The Public Health Science degree program consists of 120 credits. In addition to completing courses for the Public Health Science major and UMD General Education* requirements, students may need to take general electives to reach the total of 120 credits. Students in the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove typically fulfill general electives in the following ways: 

  • Completion of additional Public Health Science Options courses beyond the required 12 credits.
  • Selection of courses offered through other UMD programs at Shady Grove through a predetermined list of available courses. 
  • Obtaining permission to take select general elective courses at the College Park campus in the fall or spring semester. Students must meet the prerequisite requirements for the desired course and receive permission from the designated department. For additional information, email a Public Health Science program at Shady Grove academic advisor. 

*Students whose Associate’s degree from a Maryland community college has been verified by UMD are exempt from General Education requirements, with the exception of Professional Writing.