The goal of the doctoral program is to develop health professionals competent in understanding the health needs of populations who are qualified to conduct research in order to implement programs and policies aimed at improving the public's health. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop research skills essential in making significant contributions to the scientific and professional literature in behavioral and community health. To see a list of skills doctoral students are expected to have upon graduation, reveiw the PhD Essential Skills Table.  

The PhD program may be completed either full-time or part-time, although full-time is preferred. The majority of classes begin at 4:00 or 4:30pm Monday through Friday. On occasion, a class will begin at 7:00pm or will be held from 1:00-4:00pm, but those occasions are rare. The courses offered each semester vary and to get a full listing of current course offerings, go to 


All students must complete their degree in nine (9) years in accordance with University of Maryland Graduate School policy. For an outline of required coursework and additional requirements of the program, please click on the appropriate PhD Program Guidelines below.

PhD Program Guidelines for students admitted Fall 2018 and later

PhD Program Guidelines for Students admitted prior to Fall 2018