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Graduate Programs in Public Health Practice

Over 11 million people work in America’s healthcare industry—but it’s still not enough. There’s growing demand for skilled healthcare professionals with the cutting edge knowledge and exemplary leaderships skills to meet the growing number of societal, technological, ethical, financial, and public health challenges. Graduate Programs in Public Health Practice are designed to provide the knowledge and skill-based competencies needed to assume leadership roles in addressing important public health practice and policy issues nationally and globally. Programs include a masters or a graduate certificate. Increase your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, core public health competencies, and career advancement readiness.

Graduate Programs in Public Health Practice reflect the broad range of knowledge and skill-based competencies germane to public health practice in the 21st century. The graduate programs include a master in public health or a graduate certificate. These professional degrees, delivered mostly online, offer flexibility and accessibility that fits in with your personal and professional responsibilities. 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. Instruction is delivered by School of Public Health faculty and experts from prominent public health organizations. Information on UMD’s online learning environment may be found here.

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice and Policy (MPH-PHPP) is a 42-credit curriculum that includes instruction on the principles of public health, public health management, and public health policy and practice. The MPH-PHPP provides working professionals with essential knowledge, tools, and resources to successfully address the critical issues facing health care organizations. The MPH-PHPP may be completed in as little as 24 months without taking leave time from work. Online instruction is supplemented by a total of six weekends of residency held at the UMD College Park campus. The MPH-PHPP highlights intensive leadership training throughout all coursework, a residency with leadership practice, an internship to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization, and a capstone project that integrates all course learning and experiences.

The Graduate Certificate in Principles of Public Health (GC-PPH) is a 15-credit curriculum that provides a foundation in the core principles of public health required of health care professionals. The fully online GC-PPH provides a rigorous and engaging multi-disciplinary curriculum and may be completed in 12 months. Students who successfully complete requirements for the GC-PPH may apply these credits towards the MPH-PHPP. Students must first submit an application; if applying within a five-year period, students do not need to re-submit accompanying application materials or pay the application fee.

Applicants apply first through SOPHAS, a common application for various Schools of Public Health. Approximately 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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