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|
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|
|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|
|HLTH424||Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health||3|
|HLTH434||Introduction to Public Health Informatics||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|
* 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.
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.
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.