Regardless of academic advising expectations at your previous institution, please know that it is up to you to know and understand your programmatic requirements, schedule academic advising appointments, register on your registration date, and be proactive in your educational experience. Your academic advisor is available to help you make informed decisions regarding your academic career, provide helpful information, assist students in identifying resources within the University of Maryland and Shady Grove campuses, and uphold the academic policies and standards of the University of Maryland.

Your role as a student is to proactively explore your academic, career and personal goals. This will require you to:

  • Seek out advising as needed at the appropriate times
  • Know and understand your academic program requirements, including required courses, prerequisites, and policies
  • utilize available resources, including Testudo, u.achieve, and others to monitor your academic progress
  • take full responsibility for actions and decisions that affect academic progress
  • Be respectful at all times to your academic advisors, course instructors, and the general university community

Meet the Team! 

Jenny Hodgson
Program Director

Kristen Cabrera
Program Coordinator for
Admissions and Advising

Academic Advising

Mandatory Advising

Academic advising is mandatory each semester by appointment only. To schedule your mandatory academic advising appointment please visit our online appointment system.  

You are always welcome to ask questions via email! When emailing, please use professional and clear language, a clear email subject line, and always include your full name and University of Maryland University ID in all correspondence.

In the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove, students are required to meet with a PHSC academic advisor for mandatory advising each semester before they are permitted to register for classes. In your mandatory advising appointment, we will discuss your academic progress, anticipated coursework, any potential blocks or restrictions on your registration, and answer your questions.

We strongly urge students to schedule their mandatory advising appointment well in advance of their registration date. Please note students are NOT guaranteed seats in courses. This means if you wait to schedule your mandatory advising appointment OR do not register for courses on or close to your assigned registration date, a course that you may need to make progress toward graduation may be filled.

General Advising

To schedule your general academic advising appointment please visit our online appointment system.

Although academic advising  in the Public Health Science program is mandatory each semester, we also encourage students to check in with an advisor regularly to ensure that academic requirements are being met appropriately. In the PHSC program, academic advising must be scheduled in advance. We are not able to accommodate walk-in advising, but usually have numerous appointments slots each week to choose from.

Academic advising must be scheduled in advance. We are not able to accommodate walk-in advising, but usually have numerous appointments slots each week to choose from.

You are always welcome to ask questions via email! When emailing, please use professional and clear language, a clear email subject line, and always include your full name and University of Maryland University ID in all correspondence.

Academic Probation Advising 

All students at UMD are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 are considered to be on academic probation. For the PHSC program at Shady Grove, any students on academic probation are required to meet with the PHSC program director for a specialized academic probation advising appointment. We will then have the opportunity to explore areas that need improvement and a feasible plan for future success.

To schedule your academic probation advising appointment please visit our online appointment system.

University Policies and Exception Requests

UMD Policies

Please refer to the University Undergraduate Catalog for a comprehensive list of policies. This is a resource that students are expected to refer to often. Below are a few condensed examples of UMD policies:

  • Students may apply a maximum of 60 credits from a community college to their UMD degree
  • Students must submit their final community college transcript to UMD’s Office of the Registrar in order for their associate’s degree to be verified and reflected on their UMD record
  • All General Education and General Elective courses must be completed with a D- or higher
  • Students may repeat a course one time
  • Students may repeat up to 18 credits of coursework
  • Dropping a course with a “W” after the schedule adjustment period has ended counts as one attempt at a course
  • Students may drop up to 4 credits after UMD’s schedule adjustment period has ended
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain in good academic standing. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative AND major GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Public Health Science Policies

  • A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all Public Health Science major specific courses, including Professional Writing
  • Prerequisites for each course must be followed and are strictly enforced
  • PHSC497: Public Health Science Capstone course must be taken in students’ final semester in the program
  • Students are required to schedule a mandatory academic advising appointment each semester prior to registering for classes
  • If you do not schedule your appointment and register for classes  in a timely manner, you are not guaranteed a seat in the classes you need for that semester
  • Students must complete all Scientific Foundation courses, including  BSCI222 and CHEM231/232 with a C- or higher and have it posted to their UMD transcript by the end of the second semester in the major to satisfy their PHSC benchmark requirement.

School of Public Health Dean's Exception to Policy Requests

The University of Maryland requires all students to obtain approval via School of Public Health for the following exceptions to UMD policy. Please visit the SPH Dean’s Exception to Policy Request website for a complete list. Below are a few condensed examples of SPH Dean’s Exception to Policy Requests:

  • Permission to enroll at another university or college
  • Credit Overload (Registering for 18 or more credits before the first day of classes)
  • Dropping more than 4 credits after the schedule adjustment period has ended
  • Repeating more than 18 credits
  • Repeating a course more than one time

Submission of a SPH Dean’s Exception to Policy Request does not guarantee approval. Please allow for up to 10 business days to process requests.

Please note that once you are a student at UMD, you are expected to take all of your remaining coursework at UMD. If there is a situation where you would prefer to take a course at another institution, including a local community college, you MUST obtain approval via SPH Dean’s Exception to Policy Request to do so. Failure to submit a Dean’s Exception to Policy Request may result in your transfer courses not being applicable to your UMD degree.