MPH, Behavioral and Community Health
The University of Maryland's online Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Behavioral and Community Health (BCH) is designed for working professionals and those currently working in the field of community health or those looking to change into a more meaningful and worthwhile career. The program is in direct alignment with the traditional in-person MPH in Behavioral and Community Health offered on the College Park campus and follows the same guidelines, course structure, and admissions policies. However, the online MPH program offers more flexibility for students learning and increased opportunity to tailor learning to different needs.
The online MPH in BCH synthesizes knowledge, social aspects, and cultures of populations to determine current and future health status. The program emphasizes the idea that health status is the interplay of individual and social, political and economic structures of a society. Here, factors related to human behaviors, biological, and medical/health systems are considered important in understanding how larger societal forces shape individual’s health and wellbeing. Students will learn about methods of community health needs assessment; program planning; health behavior theory application; public health leadership; community-based participatory research; and translational research techniques. Students will learn about evidenced-based interventions that reduce health inequities and change behavior on a local, national or global scale. The online MPH in BCH prepares students to be skilled practitioners and have positive influences in the public health field.
Graduates pursue a variety of employment positions in government and non-government agencies (typically as program officers or associates) engaging with assessing the community’s health, research or program development, and evaluation. Behavioral and community health specialists are key in designing health communication strategies intended to change human behaviors to improve population health. Potential employment settings include:
- Community health centers and community health clinics (Health officer)
- Primary and secondary schools (school health officers, school health promotion directors)
- Health Departments (Health officers, health coordinators/directors, program officers)
- Research agencies (Research associates, research coordinators)
- Mental health facilities (Mental health officer)
- Correctional facilities (Health director/coordinator)
- International multilateral/bilateral organizations (USAID, UN System, WHO, UNFPA, Oxfam)
In this program, students take asynchronous classes presented via our online learning platform. With 45 credits to complete, the degree can be completed in 1.5-2 years on a full-time or 2-3 years on a part-time basis allowing students to continue working. Students enrolled in the online program also participate in a semester long internship experience and complete a capstone project. Prospective students can learn more about the Department and the program’s curricula and admissions process here: (www.sph.umd.edu/bch)
As a graduate from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, you will enter the workforce ready to improve the quality of health, assess complex public’s health issues and promote health and wellbeing of populations locally, nationally and globally. The University of Maryland’s MPH program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
For more information, contact:
Stephen Nkansah-Amankra, PhD, MPH, MA
Director of Online Program MPH/DrPH Studies
International applicants requiring an I-20 are not eligible to apply as this mostly online program has a mandatory face-to-face element.The University cannot issue an I-20 for this program. Otherwise, international applicants already in the U.S. who are permitted to enroll in such studies must follow The Graduate School International Admissions.