“Academic advising is a dynamic relationship between advisor and student to support the student's educational and career success. Advisors provide guidance on academic policies and regulations, post-graduate opportunities, and other resources available on-campus that offer academic and personal support.” (UMD Student Success Office)

Community Health Academic Advisors

Students are encouraged to meet with either of our academic advisors-Matt Wootten (left) and Meshael Abusalem (right).

       Headshot of Meshael Abusalem

Major Advising

Current Community Health majors should reserve individual appointments via the School of Public Health Appointment Scheduler. For the Spring 2021 semester, BCH advising appointments will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Students will receive an email with a Zoom link prior to their appointment. 

Mandatory Advising

The following groups of students are required to complete a mandatory advising appointment prior to registering for the Spring 2021 semester. 

  • ​Students who are currently registered in their first semester as a Community Health major.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in HLTH 391/HLTH 391H (Senior Audits).

To satisfy the mandatory advising requirement students must attend an individual advising appointment with a Community Health Academic Advisor. Students will receive an email with directions to satisfy the mandatory advising requirement.

Walk-In Advising 

Community Health Advising offers “Walk-In-Wednesdays” each Wednesday from 10:00am-12:00pm during the Fall and Spring semesters. Walk-in advising appointments are 15 minutes each and are reserved for general questions regarding the Bachelor of Science in Community Health degree program.

During the Spring 2021 semester, Walk-In Advising will be offered virtually via Zoom. Please use this link to access virutal walk in hours. 

Schedule Adjustment Period (Monday, 1/25- Friday, 2/5) Virtual Drop-In Hours:

Mondays 2:00-4:00pm

Wednesdays 10:00am-12:00pm

Fridays 12:00-2:00pm


Spring 2021 (Wednesday 2/10-Wednesday 5/12) Virtual Drop-In Hours:

Wednesdays 10:00am-12:00pm


Prospective Students

Interested in learning more about the Community Health major? Community Health Advising offers prospective student appointments for current University of Maryland College Park students! Students should reserve a prospective student appointment via the School of Public Health Appointment Scheduler

Students interested in declaring the Community Health major should refer to How to Join Our Major.

NOTE: 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.