Online Master of Public Health - Behavioral and Community Health

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The mission of the MPH in Behavioral and Community Health program is to promote the development of behavioral and community health professionals who understand the science, theory, and practice of public health and can apply this knowledge toward the enhancement of health status of communities. The MPH in Behavioral and Community Health program is designed as a professional degree to prepare behavioral and community health professionals working in public health service as researchers, practitioners, consultants, and educators.

Students admitted to the MPH in Behavioral and Community Health complete 45 credit hours of coursework. Students will 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.

Delivered entirely online, the MPH in Behavioral and Community Health program offers flexibility and accessibility. Easy to use web-based technology enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. The program uses the traditional fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Term (two 6-week sessions) academic calendar format. School of Public Health faculty and experts from prominent public health organizations in the Greater Washington DC Area deliver instruction. Review the information under Online Learning to find out more about UMD’s online learning environment.

Applicants apply first through SOPHAS, a common application for various Schools of Public Health. Approximately one (1) week after a completed application has been submitted to SOPHAS, applicants receive an email from UMD’s Graduate School with instructions for completing the supplemental application. Applicants are then required to submit UMD’s supplemental application and nonrefundable fee of $75.00. Visit the School of Public Health’s website for complete SOPHAS information.

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