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Prospective Undergraduate Students

So you want to change the world? You've come to the right place.

The University of Maryland School of Public Health prepares students to recognize and understand the world’s most pressing health problems and to play a practical role in tackling these grand challenges. We offer undergraduate Bachelor of Science programs at our University of Maryland College Park campus and at the Universities at Shady Grove that prepare students for diverse careers that make meaningful contributions to the health and well-being of individuals, communities and the world

With a focus on preventing disease and injury and promoting wellness and health equity, you will investigate how public health can save lives and money, improve our quality of life, help children thrive and reduce human suffering. Throughout your SPH experience, we will connect you with award-winning faculty mentors who are committed to your career development and to helping you explore how you can make a difference in one of the diverse fields of public health and related health professions. 

No matter which of our four bachelor’s degrees you choose, you will gain a strong foundation in the tools of public health and have unique internship opportunities that give you the real world experience employers seek. 

Listen to undergraduate students in the University of Maryland School of Public Health share why they chose their major and what they love about it.
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Events & Opportunities to Visit

The School of Public Health is offering virtual events and opportunities to visit for prospective undergraduate students. View Prospective Student Events.

The School of Public Health takes pride in its diverse student population and welcomes the opportunity to work with students from around the globe. The University has approximately 4,000 international students and 1,400 international faculty and scholars on campus. The University as a whole welcomes its many international students and provide special services and programs to assist in the transition. We encourage you to explore the resources available to you through the University of Maryland International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website.  

Transfer students are a vibrant part of the School of Public Health community.

If you've graduated from high school and completed a minimum of 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours at a regionally accredited college or university, we consider you a transfer applicant. All incoming transfer students are expected to attend a day-long Transfer Orientation in order to learn more about the University, the School of Public Health, and their major. During the end of this orientation program, students will have the opportunity to register for classes. Find more information about Orientation below. 

Welcome newly admitted School of Public Health students! 

Welcome newly admitted School of Public Health students! We look forward to meeting you and helping you get started at the University of Maryland. Our advisors will work with you at orientation to get you registered for courses and introduce you to all the great resources in the School of Public Health. Make sure you have completed all of the items on your admitted student checklist. Then, register for an orientation program. You will hear from us one week before your orientation date with information about how to prepare for your program. For more information please contact the SPH Center for Academic Success and Achievement at

SPH Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Career Center

Whether you are a student who knows exactly what you want to do after college or are still exploring options, the career center can help you to think about how you can best apply your degree after college.

Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities for School of Public Health students to gain research experience through formal training programs or by seeking out a faculty mentor in the School of Public Health or other part of the university.

Student Organizations

Get involved in student organizations that will help you build community, develop skills and engage in meaningful service to the community.