Community Health Major Advising- Moving to an Online Environment
The Department of Behavioral and Community Health (BCH) will offer remote 1:1 academic advising and Change of Major Workshops for the duration of the move to an online environment (March 30th- April 10th).
Throughout this period of online instruction, please continue to check your university email account for any updates from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, School of Public Health, and University of Maryland.
The following information is for ALL BCH Advising procedures beginning Wednesday, March 18th through at least April 10, 2020.
1:1 BCH Advising Appointments
Community Health Majors should continue to reserve appointments via the School of Public Health Appointment Scheduler (https://appointments-sphl.
BCH Advising Appointments will be conducted remotely (video and audio) via Google Hangouts Meet. Students will receive an email with the Google Hangouts Meet link prior to their appointment. The email will also contain a phone number and pin number for students interested in conducting their appointment via phone call (audio only). Students who require additional accommodations for an advising appointment should contact a BCH Advising staff member prior to their appointment.
BCH Mandatory Advising
The following groups of students are required to complete a mandatory advising appointment prior to registering for the Fall 2020 semester:
1) Students who are currently registered in their first semester as a Community Health Major
2) Students who are currently enrolled in HLTH391/HLTH391H (Senior Audits)
Students who are currently registered in their first semester in the major are permitted to complete mandatory advising with Matt Wootten (firstname.lastname@example.org), BCH Undergraduate Academic Advisor, or Mike Yoo (email@example.com), BCH Advising Graduate Assistant. Students in their first semester in the major will be sent an electronic copy of their academic plan prior to their appointment.
Students who are currently enrolled in HLTH391/HLTH391H are required to complete mandatory advising with Matt Wootten. Students enrolled in HLTH391/HLTH391H will be sent an electronic copy of their senior audit prior to their appointment.
BCH Walk-In Advising: Cancelled
The Department of Behavioral and Community Health will not offer Walk-In Advising throughout the time period of online instruction. Students have the option to schedule an advising appointment or contact a member of the BCH Advising Staff via email. The BCH Advising Staff will be monitoring and responding to emails throughout the period of online instruction.
Students who are interested in declaring the Community Health major should register for a BCH Change of Major Workshop via the School of Public Health Appointment Scheduler (https://appointments-sphl.
Undergraduate Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA):
Information regarding SPH Career Services Advising, Mandatory Advising for Student-Athletes/Academic Probation students, and SPH Exceptions to Policy can be found here.
Academic advising is an ongoing process that helps students clarify their educational and career goals, and then chart a meaningful plan for achieving those goals. Advising is the joint responsibility of the student and the advisor. The advisor assists students in evaluating their degree progress and helps them select appropriate courses and other educational experiences tailored to their personal goals. Ultimately, students are responsible for making decisions, setting and meeting identified goals and published requirements. (Advising Community Group, University of Maryland).
Walk-In Wednesday Advising: Fall and Spring Semesters from 10:00-12:00 (NOTE: THESE ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
Have a quick question? Come to the Department of Behavioral and Community Health main office (SPH room 1234) during Wednesday walk-in hours and sign up for an advising slot. Walk-in advising slots are 15 minutes each and are reserved for general questions. Students with specific questions about their programmatic progress should schedule an academic advising appointment.
Behavioral and Community Health Advisors:
There are advisors within the Department of Behavioral and Community Health who are available to meet with Community Health majors and prospective majors: Matt Wootten. Students are not assigned to a specific advisor, and can feel free to schedule an appointment online with Matt at a mutually convenient time. Advising in the Community Health major is not mandatory, but we encourage students to check in with an advisor regularly to ensure that academic requirements are being met appropriately. To make an appointment with Matt, please click on the link above.
Matt Wootten, MA
Office location: SPH Room 1234
It is SPH policy that if a student wishes to bring parents, legal guardians or family members to a meeting with an advisor, faculty member or other School official, this meeting must be scheduled at least 1 business day in advance, and University parties involved must be notified that the student’s parent, legal guardian, or family member will be present at the meeting. The student must also have the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Academic Release Information Form on file with the department. You may contact an advisor in the department to receive a copy of this form if you want to sign it, or you may print it using the link. See your Community Health Undergraduate Handbook for more information.