The Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Science at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) consists of 120 credits. Up to 60 of those credits can be transferred from a community college or another accredited 4-year institution. The remaining 60 credits are completed in UMD’s Public Health Science program at Shady Grove and can be completed either on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday in-person, including some evening and a limited number of online courses. Students entering the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove will have completed their freshman and sophomore years at a community college or accredited 4-year institution prior to transferring into the major. All coursework for the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove is offered at the 300 and 400-level.

Admissions Requirements

All students entering the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove must transfer in from a community college or another accredited 4-year institution after meeting 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 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.

UMD Course ID Course Title Credit
MATH120 Elementary Calculus I 3
BSCI170/171 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology/Lab 3/1
BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM131/132 Fundamentals of General Chemistry/Lab 3/1
CHEM231/232* Organic Chemisty I/Lab* 3/1
BSCI222* Principles of Genetics* 4
BSCI223 General Microbiology 4
One of the following: HLTH140, HLTH230, ANTH260, SOCY100, PSYC100 3

*Application consideration will be given to students who have not yet completed the UMD equivalents of BSCI222 and/or CHEM231/232. Once admitted, these courses must be completed with grades of C- or higher by the end of the student’s second semester in the majorStudents 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.

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

For the full list of transfer course equivalencies and for additional transfer course information, please refer to UMD’s Transfer Credit Services.

Public Health Science Foundation (31 credits)

Once in the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove, students are immersed in coursework exemplifying many of the various disciplines in the public health field. These courses include, but are not limited to, the five core disciplines of public health, including behavioral science, epidemiology, environmental health, and health services administration. Students must complete each of these requirements with grades of C- or higher.

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
KNES320 Physiological Basis of Physical Activity and Human Health 4
HLSA300 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

 

Public Health Science Options (12 credits)

In addition to the prerequisite and Public Health Science Foundation courses, students must take 12 credits of Public Health Science Options coursework. These courses are intended to build upon existing knowledge, offering students the opportunity to customize their programmatic experience and explore topics of interest on a deeper level.

The Public Health Science program at Shady Grove typically offers 3-4 Options courses each semester, based on student feedback and interest.

Examples of Public Health Science Options courses include:

  • The Built Environment, Sustainability, and Public Health
  • Food, Policy, and Public Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Public Health Informatics
  • History of Public Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Policy Advocacy and Public Health
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness

General Electives

The Public Health Science degree program consists of 120 credits.  In addition to completing courses for the Public Health Science major and UMD General Education* requirements, students may need to take general electives to reach the total of 120 credits. Students in the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove typically fulfill general electives in the following ways:

  • Completion of additional Public Health Science Options courses beyond the required 12 credits.
  • Selection of courses offered through other UMD programs at Shady Grove through a predetermined list of available courses. For a list of courses being offered this upcoming semester, please refer to the UMD Course Sharing Page.
  • Obtaining permission to take select general elective courses at the College Park campus in the fall or spring semester. Students must meet the prerequisite requirements for the desired course and receive permission from the designated department. For additional information, email a Public Health Science program at Shady Grove academic advisor.

*Students whose Associate’s degree from a Maryland community college has been verified by UMD are exempt from General Education requirements, with the exception of Professional Writing.

PHSC at Shady Grove Course Schedule 

As you are planning your semester schedules, please note that not all classes are offered each fall and spring semester in the Public Health Science program at Shady Grove. Below is a list of required courses for the Public Health Science program offered specifically in the fall semester and spring semester:

Fall Semester Spring Semester
   
EPIB315: Biostatistics for Public Health Practice MIEH400: Introduction to Global Health 
HLSA300: Introduction to Health Policy EPIB301: Epidemiology for Public Health Practice
PHSC300: Foundations of Public Health  HLTH366: Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health 
MIEH300: Environmental Health ENGL395: Writing for Health Professions 
KNES320: Physiological Basis of Physical Activity and Human Health  PHSC497: Public Health Science Capstone 
PHSC415: Public Health Biology  
PHSC497: Public Health Science Capstone   

A variety of Public Health Science Options courses are offered each semester for the PHSC at Shady Grove program. Students may also choose to take required and PHSC Options coursework in the summer or winter semester, as availability permits.