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Study Abroad: Public Health Science

Studying Abroad as a Public Health Science Major

A global experience can be an enriching, exciting part of a public health science degree. We encourage all students who are able and interested to investigate international opportunities.

Study abroad experiences for academic credit can range from 3-week winter or summer courses to a full semester abroad.

COVID-19 and Study Abroad

The university plans to resume Education Abroad programming as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Most study abroad programs offer courses that can fulfill general elective or General Education credit. Some programs may offer Public Health Options or Foundations courses. 

Credit for research or internship experiences abroad will not transfer to UMD. 


UMD Education Abroad Academic Policies

PHSC Curriculum - College Park

PHSC Curriculum - Shady Grove

Studying abroad as a Public Health Science major requires some planning, especially if you would like to spend a full semester in another country. There is no “ideal” time to go, but you want to have some flexibility in your academic plan. 

When planning to study abroad, you will work with advisors in Public Health Science (PHSC) and UMD Education Abroad (EA). 

PHSC advisors can discuss how credits from study abroad might apply towards your degree requirements. We can also recommend specific programs based on your academic, career, and personal goals. (Fun fact, we have all studied or lived abroad at some point in our lives.)

EA staff will assist you with the logistics of study abroad (passports, insurance, application process and pre-departure orientation) as well as the course approval process. 


Get Started with Education Abroad

PHSC Advising @College Park

PHSC Advising @Shady Grove

The UMD School of Public Health's Global Health Initiative (GHI) offers interdisciplinary opportunities for meaningful research, innovative education and experiential service to improve public health. 

You can find information on global opportunities sponsored by SPH faculty and resources for financing your own education abroad experience. 

Some Programs to Consider

The world can be your public health classroom during semester breaks. In addition to courses designed by UMD faculty, UMD Education Abroad has approved programs on almost every continent.

Reviewed and Approved for PHSC Credit or LL Elective


Explore short term study abroad with a health focus

A number of semester-long study abroad programs sponsored or approved by the University of Maryland may offer courses related to health. 

Note that there is no guarantee that the linked programs will offer the approved courses every term nor that all credits will apply towards the Public Health Science degree.


Explore semester study abroad programs

Public Health Science has reviewed a number of courses offered by institutions abroad. 

You can use course information in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD) to prepare your initial academic plan for study abroad, but keep in mind that your final course selection is subject to review and approval. Your Education Abroad Advisor will guide you through the final course approval process once you are admitted to your study abroad program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Course offerings vary by term and year. A course listed in the database may not be available every term and year. Refer to other program resources or your EA advisor for term-specific course offerings.

Reviewed and approved for PHSC Credit or LL elective

Reviewed - NOT APPROVED for PHSC major credit