There is growing national demand for professionals who understand the physical and mental health benefits of physical activity, and can leverage this knowledge to combat major public health issues facing today’s society. Sedentary behaviors underlie numerous chronic diseases and are considered a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. The expertise gained through the MPH in Physical Activity prepares students for careers that involve integrating physical activity into public health practice at various levels. At a time when the nation is witnessing an obesity epidemic, enjoys watching sport more than playing sport, and has an aging population at risk for falls, Kinesiology brings together individuals with backgrounds in physiology, psychology, sociology, communications, history, engineering, education, and neuroscience to address challenging public health problems.


How to Apply

MPH applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS, at The application cycle opens in SOPHAS typically in September, and all application documents must be submitted via SOPHAS. Remember to designate the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, as one of your school choices along with your desired program. SOPHAS will verify the information reported and send it electronically to the University of Maryland School of Public Health once complete. 

The University of Maryland School of Public Health GRE Code in SOPHAS is 0485.

Admissions Requirements

Students may qualify for admission with a 3.0 GPA and a minimum of three strong recommendations from people knowledgeable about the applicant's prior academic achievements and potential. For the MPH degree, applicants will submit a focused letter detailing academic and career goals as well as any previous research experiences.  Appropriate background course work closely aligned with the intended degree specialization is expected.

Application Deadlines

This is a fall-only admission program. The dates below are for admission for the Fall 2021 term.

The priority application deadline: December 13, 2020

The final application deadline: April 9, 2021

Program Requirements & Policies

The Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Physical Activity is a 45-credit professional degree. All students will complete six public health core courses, eight courses in the physical activity and related cognate area, a practicum experience (i.e., internship), and a culminating project.

To review an outline of courses, policies regarding internships and capstone requirements, and degree competenices, please view the MPH handbook below.

Need additional information?

Please contact our MPH Coordinator, Andrea Romeo at or 301-405-2450.