Public Health Science (PHSC) Students: we are still here to help!
PHSC is currently using a variety of tools to conduct advising remotely. 

Shady Grove students, specific information on virtual advising services for you can be found on the PHSC @Shady Grove Advising Page.

College Park students, read on for details of our remote advising services.

Drop-in Advising 

When the university is in session, the Public Health Science advising team offers drop-in virtual advising hours for current and prospective students a few hours each week. There are two different formats:

1. Zoom Video or Audio

You can sign in at any time before each drop-in session ends (and, yes, you can register once the session has begun). Note that advisors will only be available in the Zoom meeting during the times listed below.

Once registered, you will receive an email with the Zoom link that is unique to your selected session. Click on the Zoom link (or follow the phone-in instructions) to be admitted to a waiting room until an advisor is available to meet with you in a breakout room. You can expect to wait anywhere between 2 and 15 minutes to speak with an advisor. 

Note: If you think your questions/concerns may require more than 10-15 minutes, please visit the online scheduling page to schedule an appointment with any of our PHSC advisors.

2. Online Chat

For general questions that do not require us to access your academic record, advisors are available via our live online text chat on the following days and times (except for university holidays). 


Please see below and identify your current situation:

Current Public Health Science Majors

I Have a Quick Question

  • We are happy to answer general questions through our online chat, which is staffed a few hours during the week. See Drop-in Advising above for the current schedule. 
  • Please email a member of the PHSC Advising Team or  We will respond to email as soon as possible Monday-Friday.
  • What about a phone call? PHSC Advisors are currently working remotely. We do check our voice mail during working hours, but will respond to phone inquiries with an email, not a phone call. 

I Want to Schedule a One-on-One Advising Meeting

  • Excellent! You can schedule your meeting as usual with one of the PHSC Advisors.
  • Your meeting will be conducted through Zoom live video or audio.
    • Once scheduled, you will receive an email confirmation for your meeting that will contain the hyperlink for the Zoom meeting.
    • In the case that you do not have internet access for this meeting, please email the advisor with whom your appointment is scheduled, and she will provide you with phone instructions.
  • Next appointment is in two weeks? Remember we have drop-in advising every week. (See above for details.)

Prospective Students

I Have Already Registered for a Change of Major Workshop

  • PHSC Change of Major (COM) workshop is currently offered through ELMS-Canvas asynchronous modules.
    • You will receive an email with details the day before your scheduled workshop.
    • On the morning of your scheduled workshop, you will receive an invitation to a Canvas course. You must accept this invitation to begin the PHSC-COM process.  

​I Would Like to Learn More About the PHSC Major

  • See our webpage about the Public Health Science curriculum and course progression.
    •  Scientific Foundation and some PHSC options are open to students of all majors.
  • If you are interested in the PHSC major, but would like some more information first, see the options for drop-in advising on this page.

I Have Recently Been Accepted to the University of Maryland as a Public Health Science Major

  • Congratulations! UMD Admissions will send you information about open houses and orientations. You will be conducting your new student orientation online, by completing some asynchronous modules before your live remote major orientation and registration session.
  • See our webpage about the Public Health Science curriculum and course progression.
  • You can follow us online on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Additional Resources

Campus Resources:


Here are some tips for you to stay up to date:

  • Check your official UMD Terpmail account on a regular basis. In order to ensure your privacy, we will use Terpmail for all direct advising communication with you. 
  • Set up Zoom on your home device via with your UMD Single Sign On. 
  • Contact us via email if you have concerns about accessing online tools for classes or advising.
  • Follow us on social media for more updates (and maybe some pet photos):  Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook