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Graduate Programs in Public Health Practice

There’s growing demand for skilled healthcare professionals with the cutting edge knowledge and exemplary leadership skills to meet the growing number of societal, technological, ethical, financial, and public health challenges. Graduate Programs in Public Health Practice provides a multi-disciplinary curriculum for healthcare professionals to assume leadership roles in addressing important public health practice and policy issues nationally and globally. Increase your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, and career advancement readiness.

Graduate Programs in Public Health Practice include a Master in Public Health or 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 45-credit, multi-disciplinary curriculum that includes evidence-based approaches to public health, public health and health care systems, planning and management to promote health, policy in public health, leadership, communication, inter-professional practice and systems thinking, public health management, health policy and services, health law and economics, public health research methods, and foundations of environmental health, with learning how to translate knowledge into effective day-to-day practice. The curriculum also includes an internship and a capstone project that integrates all course learning and experiences. The MPH-PHPP may be completed in 24 months of full-time study without taking leave time from work. Part-time study is welcomed. Online instruction is supplemented by a total of four to five weekend days of residency held at the UMD College Park campus.

The Graduate Certificate in Principles of Public Health (GC-PPH) is a 14-credit, inter-disciplinary curriculum with an emphasis on real-world public health practice. The curriculum includes evidence-based approaches to public health, public health and health care systems, system’s thinking, planning and management to promote public health, policy in public health, leadership, and communication with learning how to translate knowledge into effective day-to-day practice. The fully online GC-PPH 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 for the MPH-PHPP within a five-year period of completing the GC-PPH, 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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