The Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) consists of 120 credit hours, of which 60 are transferred from either a community college or another accredited 4-year institution. The remaining 60 credits are completed at USG and can be completed in 4 full-time semesters or on a part-time basis. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday including some evening classes. All undergraduate coursework at USG begins at the junior level.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the Public Health Science program at USG, students must have

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better for all college level work
  • Earned a C- or better in all 100- and 200-level Public Health Science Prerequisite courses (see below.)

It is also strongly recommended that students either earn an Associate of Arts or Science degree from a Maryland state institution OR complete all University of Maryland General Education requirements prior to transfer.

Prerequisite Courses (34 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 and are prerequisites for admission to the Public Health Science program at USG. Transfer credit is given based on a review of the syllabus and a determination of its equivalence to the following UMCP courses. To determine the equivalent course at your current institution please visit the UMD Transfer Credit Database.

Course ID Course Title Credit
Foundation in Behavioral and Social Science* 3
MATH120 Elementary Calculus I 3
BSCI170/171 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology 3/1
BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM131/132 Chemistry I - Fundamentals of General Chemistry/General Chemistry I Lab 3/1
CHEM231/232** Organic Chemisty I/Organic Chemistry I Lab 3/1
BSCI222 Principles of Genetics 4
BSCI223 General Microbiology 4

*Courses that satisfy the Foundation in Behavioral and Social Science include: Introduction to Public and Community Health (HLTH130), Introduction to Health Behaviors (HLTH230), Anthropology (ANTH260), Sociology (SOCY100 or SOCY105), or Psychology (PSYC100).

**Students transferring from Montgomery College may take the MC equivalent of CHEM150: Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry in place of the UMD equivalent of CHEM231/232

Public Health Science Foundation (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 and are instructed through the following:

Course ID Course Title Credit
PHSC300 Foundations of Public Health 3
HLTH366 Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health 3
MIEH300 Introduction to Environmental Health  3
MIEH400 Introduction to Global Health 3
KNES 320 Physiological Basis of Physical Activity and Human Health 4
HLSA 300 Introduction to Health Policy and Services  3
EPIB301 Epidemiology for Public Health Practice 3
EPIB315* Biostatistics for Public Health Practice  3
PHSC415 Essentials of Public Health Biology: The Cell, The Individual, and Disease  3
PHSC497  Public Health Science Capstone 3

*Previously EPIB300

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 major. By choosing from these courses, students have an opportunity to customize their program. Students are encouraged to specifically choose courses that best align with a particular career goal. Option courses that have been offered at USG include:

  • Program Planning & Evaluation
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness
  • Maternal, Child & Family Health
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Food Policy & Public Health
  • Perspectives on Health in the Urban Environment