Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health (Online)

The Masters of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health (Online) (MPH-BCHL Online) is designed for passionate, aspiring public health advocates and public health leaders. Common roles of program graduates include helping to create systems, programs, research and policies to improve the lives and wellbeing of populations or communities. The MPH-BCHL Online prepares students to be skilled practitioners and have positive influences in the public health field. The program is offered through the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health.

The MPH-BCHL Online synthesizes knowledge, social aspects and cultures of populations to determine current and future health status. The program emphasizes the idea that health status is the interplay of individual and social, political and economic structures of a society. Factors related to human behaviors, biological and medical/health systems are considered important in understanding how larger societal forces shape individual’s health and wellbeing. Students learn about methods of community health needs assessment; program planning development; health behavior theory application; public health leadership; community-based participatory research; and translational research techniques. In addition, students learn about evidenced-based interventions that reduce health inequities and change behavior on a local, national or global scale.

The MPH-BCHL Online is a 45-credit professional graduate program that can be completed in as few as 2 years full-time or three years part-time. Students participate in both academic and applied training in health behavior theory, program planning and implementation, program evaluation, health communication, public policy analysis, research, and management. The course of study includes completion of 14 credits of core courses, 15 credits in cognate areas, 9 credits of electives, and 7 credits in a capstone experience that consists of an internship and capstone project. The program may be completed full time or part time; although full time is preferable.

The MPH-BCHL Online is in direct alignment with the traditional face-to-face MPH in Behavioral and Community Health offered on the College Park campus and follows the same guidelines, course structure, and admissions policies. The MPH-BCHL Online offers greater flexibility for students learning and increased opportunity to tailor learning to different needs.

The MPH-BCHL Online offers dynamic learning opportunities that will help you develop your knowledge and competencies as a public health professional:

  • Applies active learning techniques purposefully designed for online environment and interactive course activities enable you to collaborate directly with the Department’s caring community of scholars.
  • Easy access to Baltimore and Washington metropolis provide opportunities to practice your new skills in person (through internship opportunities), with faculty and peers during your first year in the program.
  • Experienced faculty who are committed to supporting you with internship placement, mentoring, helping you understand the interconnectedness of issues and challenges in population health and public health program implementation.
  • Continued networking with experienced faculty, alumni and practice-based industry experts after graduation.

As a UMD graduate, you will enter the field of work or service ready to improve the quality of life across populations, address complex interconnected public health issues, and promote population health and wellness locally, nationally and globally.

The MPH-BCHL Online features online instruction, offering flexibility and accessibility that fits in with personal and professional responsibilities. UMD’s online learning environment delivers online content through easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. Instruction is provided by School of Public Health faculty and experts from prominent public health organizations in the Greater Washington DC area. The program uses the semester academic calendar: fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).

Program Contact Information

Stephen Nkansah-Amankra, Ph.D., MPH, MA
Director, MPH-BCHL Online Graduate Program
Email: snkansah@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-0128
Department of Behavioral and Community Health
School of Public Health
1242C SPH Building
College Park, MD 20742

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