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Advising: Public Health Science

Advising and Support for PHSC Majors

Welcome to Public Health Science at the University of Maryland in College Park! We are here to assist you in evaluating your degree progress and in selecting educational experiences tailored to your personal goals. Ultimately, you, the student, are responsible for making decisions and meeting requirements.

Public Health Science majors do not have an assigned advisor. You can meet with any member of our advising team.

This page has information for students in College Park. Students on the Shady Grove campus should visit the Shady Grove Advising page.

Public Health Science Fall 2021 Drop-in Advising Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1-2 pm 5-7 pm 10 am - 12 pm 3-5 pm 3-5 pm
Attend in-person Drop-in Advising in SPH 2387 or
register for Virtual Drop-In Advising.
Live Chat with a Public Health Science advisor (Widget opens on this page) Register for Virtual Drop-in Advising Register for Virtual Drop-in Advising Live Chat with a PHSC Student Ambassador (Widget opens on this page)

If you have a quick question, we encourage you to take advantage of our live chat and virtual drop-in advising hours for current and prospective Public Health Science majors. The Live Chat widget opens on this page when an advisor is available.

Read on for details about our advising services.

We are happy to see students back on campus for in-person learning for the Fall 2021 semester.
Public Health Science will continue to offer virtual advising services throughout the year. We are currently offering limited in-person advising appointments. 

If you have tested positive, think you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact the UMD HEAL line. Do not come to our office. We can meet virtually or reschedule your advising appointment.

Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, Prince George’s County reinstituted an indoor public mask mandate on Aug. 8, 2021; it applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

If and when you do visit the Public Health Science advising suite in person, we ask that you:

  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth at all times
  • Sanitize your hands upon entry (hand sanitizer is located at the sign-in station)
  • Sign in on the tablet at the entrance
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining at least 6 ft distance from others
  • Wait outside the suite if there are already 4 students inside

Thanks for doing your part to keep each other (and the vulnerable people in our lives) safe and healthy.

See all UMD COVID-19 Guidelines and Updates

Chat is designed for short, general questions only. On Fridays, you can chat with a current PHSC major! For the Fall 2021 semester, live chat will be staffed:

The chat widget opens on this page when an advisor is available.

    Based on the complexity of your question, you may be advised to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

    Have a quick question? Drop-in advising is open to current and prospective Public Health Science majors. 

    In-person (SPH 2387)

    Beginning Monday, October 4, you can meet in person for drop-in advising in the Public Health Science Suite in SPH 2387 on the following days and times:

    • Mondays, 1-2 pm (beginning October 4)

    You do not need to pre-register for in-person drop-in advising, but please review the safety guidelines detailed above in "Advising During COVID-19" before you visit our suite.

    Virtual (Zoom or phone)

    Virtual drop-in advising is conducted using the Zoom online conferencing platform

    You may register and log in at any time during each drop-in advising window. If the advisor is meeting with another student, you will be placed in a waiting room until they are available to meet with you.

    Complete the short registration form to immediately receive an email with the Zoom link and phone-in instructions for the session you want to attend: 

    Monday virtual drop-in advising, 1-2 pm

    Wednesday virtual drop-in advising, 10 am - 12 noon

    Thursday virtual drop-in advising, 3-5 pm

    If you cannot make it to drop-in advising, you can schedule a 30 minute appointment with a member of the Public Health Science Advising Team.

    Virtual Appointments

    During the fall 2021 semester, all Public Health Science advisors are offering virtual appointments, conducted using the Zoom online conferencing platform. Once scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email to your Terpmail address with Zoom meeting information and instructions.

    Schedule a Virtual Advising Appointment

    In-Person Appointments

    For students who prefer to meet in person, we offer a limited number of in-person General Advising Appointments during the week in SPH2837.

    If you schedule an In-Person Appointment and then must quarantine or isolate due to illness or COVID-19 exposure, the advisor can meet virtually instead.

    Please review "Advising During COVID-19" above for further guidance.

    Schedule an In-Person Advising Appointment through TerpEngage

    Most Public Health Science majors are not required to meet with an advisor each semester, with the following exceptions:

    Students in Your First Semester at UMD

    New transfer and first year students must complete a graduation plan and meet with an advisor prior to registering for your second semester.

    • First year students will complete your graduation plan and mandatory advising in your SPH UNIV100 class.
    • Transfer students complete a draft graduation plan with the guidance of the  School of Public Health's Center for Academic Success and Achievement. After you submit your draft plan, you will meet with a Public Health Science advisor to review the plan before you can register for your second semester. 


    All student-athletes in the School of Public Health, including those on Academic Probation, are required to meet with Bryan Pointer in SPH CASA at least once prior to registering for classes each Fall and Spring semester.

    Students on Academic Probation

    All students in the School of Public Health on Academic Probation are required to meet with a SPH CASA Probation Advisor prior to the end of Schedule Adjustment or be registered for SPHL246 Terp Restoration.

    SPH CASA Advising

    Meet the Advising Team

    Portrait of Felicia Low

    Felicia Low

    Assistant Director, Public Health Science
    Portrait of Jessica Moore-Solorzano

    Jessica Moore-Solorzano

    Undergraduate Program Advisor, Public Health Science
    Portrait of Catherine Donohoe

    Catherine Donohoe

    Undergraduate Program Advisor, Public Health Science

    If you wish to contact or schedule a meeting with a specific advisor, select her card above.

    "Academic advising is a dynamic relationship between advisor and student to support the student's educational and career success."

    Public Health Science advisor sits at desk with a student

    More Advising Resources

    Don’t wait until senior year to start thinking about life after college! Public Health Science advisors can point you to campus resources for graduate school and career planning. 

    See the PHSC Career Development Events calendar for upcoming workshops, panels, and presentations related to professional and personal development. 

    Career Services

    If you have questions about writing resumes and cover letters, possible jobs after graduating with a degree in Public Health Science, or other career-related questions please visit the University Career Center at the School of Public Health.

    The University Career Center has a number of resources for students. Have your resume critiqued or search for jobs and internships using the Careers4Terps database. Attend workshops on interview preparation or panel discussions with UMD alumni.

    Health Professions Advising Office

    Considering a career in healthcare? The Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office works with students interested in medicine, dentistry, and other healthcare careers. 

    Graduate School

    Professional Development and Networking

    Public Health Science majors are not required to complete an internship before you graduate, but we encourage you to seek opportunities to gain experience outside the classroom before you graduate.

    Finding Opportunities

    The University Career Center has resources to help you find and prepare to apply for internships. 

    The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research provides guidance on participating in research at UMD and beyond (including funding opportunities).

    The National Scholarships Office prepares UMD students to win prestigious awards that may be linked to internships or research experiences.

    Academic Credit for Experiential Learning

    You may apply up to 6 credits from approved internship or research experience towards the required 12+ credits of Public Health Science Options courses.

    Learn how to request academic credit towards the Public Health Science major for an internship or research experience:

    Learn about internships for PHSC credit

    Learn about research for PHSC credit

    Public Health is global health. Public health related learning, service, or research abroad can be an enriching part of any student's undergraduate experience. There are a variety of means for gaining that type of experience.

    With a little planning, you can incorporate a study abroad experience into your Public Health Science degree:

    Learn about studying abroad as a PHSC major