Note: During the 2020-2021 academic year, we are using a variety of tools to conduct advising remotely.

The UMD Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science program is offered at both the College Park campus and at the Universities at Shady Grove campus. Whether you are interested in engaging with your peers and professors in a large campus environment, or a smaller setting closer to where you work and live, there is something for everyone! Please explore our program to learn more. 

At College Park

CURRENT UMD STUDENTS

 

I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT THE PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE MAJOR

If you have questions about the Public Heath Science major after reviewing the PHSC curriculum page, you can contact an advisor through:

Drop-in Advising

 

I AM READY TO DECLARE PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE AS MY MAJOR

Changing your major to Public Health Science is a two-step process for most students. The steps must be completed in the order listed below, within the same semester.

Step 1: Complete Public Health Science Change of Major Workshop

Through this workshop, attendees receive an orientation to the major, including degree requirements and course sequencing. 

  • Check the Change of Major Workshop schedule for dates during the term. Space is limited so register early! 
  • You will complete the Change of Major workshop online, via self-guided ELMS modules. There is no required live meeting for the PHSC Change of Major workshop.
Step 2: Attend Academic Plan Workshop

In the Academic Plan Workshop, you will work with CASA team members to complete a document mapping out your remaining major, general education, and elective courses. 

  • Sign up for an Academic Plan Workshop that takes place AFTER but within the same term as the Change of Major workshop.
  • The SPH Academic Plan workshop is conducted as a live, online meeting. 
  • On or before the day of your scheduled workshop, you will receive an email with instructions for connecting to the online meeting. 

If you are not a student athlete or on Academic Probation/Dismissal your plan will be reviewed and your major declared within ~10 business days. 

Step 3: Student Athletes & Students on Probation - Meet with a CASA Advisor

Student athletes and students on academic probation have one more step before your major is changed. You are required to meet individually with an SPH CASA advisor. 


NEWLY ADMITTED UMD STUDENTS

Newly admitted to UMD for fall 2021? Congratulations! You will receive information in your admissions letter about your next steps. See the UMD Admitted Students webpage for your checklist. Attending an Accepted Students Open House? We hope you will join the School of Public Health session to learn more about Public Health Science at UMD.

Committed to attending UMD in the Fall? You will be required to attend a new student orientation during the summer of 2021. If your declared major is Public Health Science, orientation includes sessions specific to the School of Public Health. You will register for your Fall 2021 courses during a live orientation meeting with advisors on your scheduled orientation day.

Is Spring 2021 your first semester enrolled at UMD?

Are you already a Public Health Science major who attended orientation with us in January? See Advising for Public Health Science Majors for information on your mandatory advising requirements.
Interested in declaring Public Health Science as your major? See Current UMD Students above for more information.


PROSPECTIVE UMD STUDENTS

Current high school students interested in declaring Public Health Science as a major first apply to the University of Maryland. Once admitted, you can declare Public Health Science as a major. For information on applying to UMD, please visit University of Maryland Undergraduate Admissions. Once admitted, students will be required to attend a new student orientation that includes sessions specific to the School of Public Health. 

Prospective transfer students from two-year and four-year colleges or universities are encouraged to follow these steps for Academic Planning before applying to UMD. The University’s Pre-Transfer Advising Program provides additional resources and guidance to current college students considering the University of Maryland. 

At Shady Grove

The Public Health Science program at the Universities at Shady Grove campus is available to students in their junior and senior years. Primarily, students transfer into the program from a community college or another four-year institution, following the admissions requirements outlined in the Degree Requirements section of the website. 

Can current UMD students change their major to Public Health Science at Shady Grove? 

Yes! Students at UMD with close to 60 credits are also welcome to change their major to Public Health Science at Shady Grove without an application, as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Meet with a Public Health Science program at Shady Grove academic advisor to discuss and complete the major change process
  • Will be of Junior standing or higher by their first semester in the program (approximately 60 credits)
  • Complete the designated prerequisite courses with a C- or higher
    • If a student has satisfied all other admission requirements, they may enter the program missing the UMD equivalents of CHEM231/232: Organic Chemistry I/Lab and/or BSCI222: Principles of Genetics. Students must complete Organic Chemistry and/or Genetics by the end of their second semester in the program.

Can new students apply to the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove? 

Yes! You can apply to the Public Health Science Program at Shady Grove by applying with the University of Maryland Admissions Office.

When submitting your application, make sure to designate Shady Grove as your desired campus. If you would like to apply to both UMD’s College Park and Shady Grove campuses, under the desired campus section you may select both. Also remember to send your official transcripts to the Admissions Office.

All students entering the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove must transfer in from a community college or another accredited 4-year institution aftermeeting the following requirements: 

  • Complete your Associate's Degree from a Maryland Community College (approximately 60 credits). Completion of an associates degree from a Maryland Community College will satisfy UMD General Education Requirements (except for Professional Writing). Since USG is a campus specifically for transfer students, we offer only upper-level coursework (300 and 400 level classes). It is important to have all (or most) of your lower-level courses (100 and 200 level classes) done before you transfer.
  • Keep your GPA at a 2.5 or above. The Public Health Science Program at USG requires a transfer GPA of 2.5 or above to be a competitive applicant OR a minimum transfer GPA of 2.0 or higher with an associates degree from a Maryland community college.
  • Complete prerequisite courses with a C- or higher. If a student has satisfied all other admission requirements, they may enter the program missing Organic Chemistry and/or Genetics. Students must complete Organic Chemistry and/or Genetics by the end of their second semester in the program.​

Prerequisite Requirements

Prior to transferring, prospective students must complete the following prerequisite courses:

  • MATH120: Elementary Calculus I
  • BSCI170/171: Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology/Lab
  • BSCI201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BSCI202: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BSCI223: General Microbiology
  •  CHEM131/132: Fundamentals of General Chemistry/Lab
  •  CHEM231/232: Organic Chemistry I/Lab (note that the program will accept the Montgomery College equivalent of CHEM150 for students transferring from MC)*
  •  BSCI222: Principles of Genetics*
  •  One of the following: HLTH140, HLTH230, ANTH260, SOCY100, or PSYC100

*You may still apply if you are missing the UMD equivalents of BSCI222 and/or CHEM231/232, but you will need to take those courses by the end of your second semester in the program.

You can apply with prerequisites still in progress; however, all except for CHEM231 and BSCI222 must be completed prior to the start of the semester. 

Pre-Transfer Advising Appointment

If you would like to schedule a pre-transfer advising appointment, you can contact Kristen Cabrera, Public Health Science at Shady Grove Program Coordinator at kcabrera@umd.edu