The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Honors program offers undergraduates the opportunity to engage in challenging educational experiences related to the social and behavioral aspects of public health.  Rising juniors with strong academic records and significant interest in intellectual pursuits are invited to apply for this opportunity to partake in independent, mentored, scholarly work.  

BCH Undergraduate Honors Program Application

To be eligible for the program, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Behavioral and Community Health major
  • Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have successfully completed at least 3 HLTH classes (9 credits with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in HLTH classes.  Must have taken HLTH200 by the start of the program.)
  • Have completed 45 total credits before applying to the program.  Students should be of “junior standing” their first semester in the program (approximately 60 credits)
  • Ideally should have 2 semesters left of coursework before the BCH internship

Some Program Highlights:

  • Getting to work 1:1 with a BCH faculty member on a thesis/project topic of your choosing
  • Graduating with the distinction of departmental honors
  • Ability to take HONR seminars and be a member of the University of Maryland Honors College
  • Access to a small seminar class (HLTH 410) to develop personal interests and professional skills

Overview of Program Requirements:

  • Enrollment in HLTH 410 (health elective) in the Fall of 2020
  • In Spring and Fall 2021, students work with a faculty mentor of their choosing (faculty members must agree) to complete a research-oriented thesis or an honors-level project.  This may be original work or one that is derived from the ongoing work of the faculty mentor’s lab or research group (6 credits total)
  • 12 credits of honors-level coursework through a combination of H sections, HONR courses, or graduate classes

If you have any questions please email to Dr. Kerry M. Green (, Undergraduate Honors Program Director.