Public Health Science

The Public Health Science degree provides students interested in careers in health professions with interdisciplinary training that is essential to recognizing and addressing public health issues at the state, national and global levels.

The Public Health Science program includes a strong curriculum in science and public health courses, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and global health. Students will have the opportunity for individual exploration in public health through electives, laboratory experiences, optional internships, and a culminating interdisciplinary capstone course. This degree will enable students entering allied health professions, as well as medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy to address the growing health challenges facing global communities today. The degree can be obtained on the campus at College Park or at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Combining a robust curriculum in the natural sciences with public health courses, our students take courses such as:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Introduction to global health
  • Essentials of public health biology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Environmental health
  • Public health emergency preparedness
  • Introduction to health policy and services
  • Social, political, and ethical issues in public health
  • Internships in public health organizations

Graduates with a B.S. in Public Health Science can:

  • Pursue degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy,  nursing, and allied health professions, such as occupational and physical therapy
  • Continue with graduate work to earn Masters, Ph.D., or MPH degrees in such disciplines as biostatistics and epidemiology, environmental health, health services and policy, as well as behavioral sciences.
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams, both governmental and nongovernmental, at the local, state, national, and international levels in disease prevention, environmental protection, and health promotion.