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Master’s Degrees

The University of Maryland School of Public Health offers a variety of master's degree options. With diverse professional experiences and personal backgrounds, students in our graduate programs share a commitment to public health and meaningful research. 

Our master’s programs provide students with outstanding mentorship by leading public health experts, and professional development opportunities unique to the Washington, DC metro region. 

We are the only accredited school of public health at a public university in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia region, offering an affordable education with outstanding professional development opportunities.

Our departments offer Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science (in Couple and Family Therapy and in Environmental Health Sciences) and Master of Arts (in Kinesiology) degrees, as well as dual degree programs and an accelerated BS + MPH or MHA that enables students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degree in less time. Discover the program that's right for you! 

Prepare to navigate the intersections of research, practice, planning, administration and policy, and tackle current and emerging public health issues. The MPH degree emphasizes hands-on experiences and the practical applications of public health science and research to improve the health of populations and communities through intervention programs, education, policy and research. All MPH concentrations provide foundational knowledge in the core disciplines of public health, with the opportunity to specialize. Because of our unique configuration of departments and research centers, we offer some special MPH concentrations, including physical activity and health equity, that will set you apart. 

Concentrations offered:

Each concentration is a 45-credit degree program.

The online Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree prepares graduates to manage complex health-related organizations, including hospitals, health care systems, insurance companies, long term care facilities, managed care organizations, rehabilitation agencies, public health clinics and state agencies among others. It is designed to give students a strong knowledge base in health care management and health service delivery systems and an understanding of the basic and core principles of public health. 

The Master of Arts program in Kinesiology prepares the next generation of researchers, scholars, teachers, and professional leaders in the interdisciplinary field of Kinesiology. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Kinesiology and how it relates to public health. Knowledge and practical experience is gained through formal coursework, active engagement in research, departmental activities, research seminars, and attendance at professional conferences. 

The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) MS program provides students with coursework and supervised clinical training required in states with Couple and Family Therapy licensure. The program trains professionals in superior therapeutic skills, ethical integrity, intellectual curiosity, and a sincere commitment to working with families from diverse populations. The CFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

This program offers a complete and essential core of knowledge in environmental health, epidemiology and biostatistics, with a research focus in a specialized area of environmental health, via completion of a master’s thesis.

The Physical Education Master's Certification Program (PE-MCERT) prepares graduate-level students to teach K-12 physical education. Students complete 30 credits of graduate course work and a 12-credit internship in this 13-month intensive program. Following successful completion of all graduation requirements, students will receive both a Master's Degree (M.Ed.) and Maryland Specialist Certification in K-12 Physical Education.