If you are interested in improving the health and quality of life of diverse populations, the Community Health major gives you applied skills to effectively develop, implement, and evaluate culturally-appropriate public health interventions and policies. Through a full-time internship during your final semester, you gain hands-on experience and learn to recognize, analyze and respond to the complex factors contributing to health problems and solutions.

In and out of the classroom students are expected to analyze best practices and innovative strategies that change health outcomes within and across population groups.  In our classes students practice public health research methods and utilize techniques in biostatistics. They apply epidemiological concepts, conduct community needs assessments, develop and deliver health education curricula, write grant proposals, and implement community interventions. 

Unique opportunities available to our students include:

  • Study abroad courses for credit
  • Year-long fellowship programs, such as the Federal Fellows Program or Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. learning about and interning for the US government. These programs combine a fall academic course with a spring internship.
  • Independent study: Under the guidance of faculty mentors, sometimes working on faculty grants, students can earn academic credit for applied work in health-related areas.  
  • Working as a peer educator with the University Health Center to support college student wellness, nutrition, and sexual health, and to help prevent sexual assault, alcohol and drug misuse and other risk-taking behaviors.
  • A 12-credit, full semester internship that prepares you for the career you seek. Internship opportunities are wide-ranging and include federal government agencies and institutes, state and local health departments, non-profit organizations, hospitals, associations, and universities among others.

Why study Community Health at the University of Maryland, College Park?

The Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area is rich in diversity, resources, and public health advocacy.  Our program embraces each of these, highlighting public health topics most relevant to the community:  health disparities, minority health, social determinants of health, heart disease, diabetes, cancer control, tobacco control, HIV/AIDS, health communication, technology in health education, mental health, violence awareness and reduction, aging, global health, advocacy and public health policy.  

In addition:

  • Students have the opportunity to address REAL community health problems from multiple viewpoints throughout their coursework
  • Graduates are trained to be innovative educators, researchers, policy-makers, public health professionals and healthcare practitioners who anticipate the future.
  • Professional Preparation classes (HLTH420, HLTH490, and HLTH491) focus on professional etiquette and job searching so when you graduate you have a polished portfolio and the confidence to conduct a successful job search
  • Graduates have a plethora of opportunities for success, many enter the workforce at entry or mid level jobs, others attend graduate school, and many move on to the medical field continuing their education to become nurses, physicians, physician assistant’s, physical therapists or occupational therapists.