The Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science at the University of Maryland, College Park consists of 120 credit hours. The program includes undergraduate courses in public health and science and culminates with a 3-credit capstone experience.

Is there a specific area of public health that is interesting to you? Choose to use your 12 credits of options courses to focus on one of the following topics.

The following curriculum is for students who declared Public Health Science as their major in Spring 2018 or later. If you declared before 2018 please click here for the appropriate curriculum.

Scientific Foundation Courses (31 credits)

Certain mathematical techniques and scientific principles serve as a foundation for future study in Public Health Science. These courses cover the scientific concepts essential to advanced study in the field. All of the following courses must be completed with a C- or higher.

Course ID Course Title Ged/Ed  Credit
MATH120 Elementary Calculus I FSMA 3
BSCI170/171 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology DSNL 3/1
BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I   4
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II   4
CHEM131/132 Chemistry 1- Fundamentals of General Chemistry/General Chemistry I Lab DSNL 3/1
CHEM231/232 Organic Chemistry I/Organic Chemistry Lab I   3/1
BSCI222 Principles of Genetics   4
BSCI223 General Microbiology SCIS 4

Public Health Science Foundation Courses (31 credits)

In addition to the scientific foundation courses, the major also studies discipline specific courses that lead to advanced study in the field. These courses include, but are not limited to, the five core disciplines of public health (behavioral science, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and health services administration) as well as kinesiology. Progression through the courses is standardized; you can more information on that under Course Progression. All of the following courses must be completed with a C- or higher.

Course ID Course Title Ged/Ed Credit
SPHL100 Introduction to Public Health   3
HLTH366 Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health   3
EPIB301 Epidemiology for Public Health Practice    3
EPIB315 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice FSAR 3
HLSA300 Introduction to Health Policy and Services   3
MIEH300 Introduction to Environmental Health    3
MIEH400 Introduction to Global Health DVUP 3
KNES320 Physiology of Exercise   4
PHSC415 Essentials of Public Health Biology: The Cell, The Individual, & Disease   3
PHSC497 Public Health Science Capstone DSSP 3

Public Health Science Options (12 credits)

The Public Health Science option courses build upon the Scientific and Public Health Science Foundation courses. The option courses are 300 and 400 level courses offered within the School of Public Health*. By choosing from these courses, students have an opportunity to customize their program. If you are interested in a particular area of public health please look at our list of options courses organized by topic areas. Students are encouraged to choose courses that best align with a particular career goal. All of the following courses must be completed with a C- or higher.

    Course ID        Course Title Credits
AREC365 World Hunger, Population and Food Supplies 3
BSCI330 Cell Biology and Physiology 3
BSCI483 Insects, Pathogens, and Public Health 3
EPIB330 The Coming Plague 3
EPIB400 Obesity: An Epidemiologic Perspective 3
EPIB463 Biostatistical Programming  3
FGSM320** Federal Fellow Seminar: Public Health Policy 3
FGSM370 Science Diplomacy: Foreign Policy & Science, Technology, and Innovation 3
FGSM390 Water Security and Global Health Challenges 3
FMSC310 Maternal, Child, and Family Health 3
FMSC460 Violence in Families 3
HLTH371 Communicating Safety and Health 3
HLTH377 Human Sexuality 3
HLTH424 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health 3
HLTH434 Introduction to Public Health Informatics 3
HLTH460 Minority Health 3
HLTH471 Women's Health 3
HLTH498L Special Topics in Public Health; Heallth Literacy 3
HLSA484 Redesigning Health Care: Developing a Clinic to Meet Community Needs 3
KNES460 Physiology of Aging and the Impact of Physical Activity 3
KNES461 Exercise and Body Composition 3
MIEH321 Environmental Determinants of Emerging Infectious Diseases
Formerly: Syphilis to SARS: Climate Change, Development, and Emergence of Infectious Diseases
MIEH330 Environmental Justice, Racism, and Environmental Health Disparities 3
MIEH331 The Built Environment, Sustainability, and Public Health 3
MIEH333 Every Drop Counts: Water, Food and Global Public Health 3
MIEH480 Introduction to Occupational Health 3
NFSC315 Nutrition During the Life Cycle 3
PEER318/319 CARE Peer Advocacy/Outreach 3/3
PEER311/321 Peer Education: Mental Health & Wellness Fall/Spring 3/3
PEER312/322 Peer Education: Sexual Assault Prevention Fall/Spring 3/3
PEER313/323 Peer Education: Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Fall/Spring 3/3
PEER314/324 Peer Education: Sexual Health & Wellness Fall/Spring 3/3
PHSC389# Independent Research Study in Public Health Science 1-6
PHSC399# Public Health Science Internship 1-6
PHSC401 History of Public Health  3
PHSC402 Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3
PHSC405 Policy Advocacy and Public Health 3
PHSC410 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
PHSC412 Food, Policy, and Public Health 3
PHSC420 Vaccines and Immunology 3
PHSC425 Genetics, Genomics, and Public Health 3
PHSC426 Climate Change and Health 3
PHSC430 Public Health in the City: Perspectives on Health in the Urban Environment 3
PHSC440 Public Health Nutrition 3
PYSC344 Health Psychology 3

* Some of these courses have prerequisites. Please check testudo for details.

* No more than 2 approved PHSC options outside of SPH can be counted as PHSC options.

** This course is part of the federal semeser program and includes an application process

¶ These courses are part of a peer education program run by the UMD Health Center; an application is required, and you can find more information here.

# No more than 6 combined credits of independent study and internship can be counted as PHSC options. Independent study and internships from other departments can sometimes also be counted as PHSC options credit. Please meet with an advisor for more information.

Course Progression

General Education Requirements

All University of Maryland graduates are required to complete the University's general education requirements. Through the General Education Program, students experience the University’s many resources while acquiring additional knowledge and skills that result in a more well-rounded graduate. The equivalent of twenty-three (23) of these credits can be satisfied by simply completing the requirements of the major. Unless it is already a major course listed above, all General Education requirements must be completed with a D- or higher.

General Electives

Public Health Science majors can choose several elective courses to complete their 120 credit graduation requirement. These elective are in addition to the Public Health Science Option courses. They can be used for a second major, a minor, or as prerequisites for professional schools.