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Advising & Curriculum Overview

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more about the program, prospective students should contact the program director, Dina Borzekowski, via email:

  • A 45-credit, sixteen-course, multi-disciplinary curriculum designed to prepare behavioral and community health professionals working in public health service as practitioners, administrators, supervisors, educators, consultants, and researchers. 
  • Plan of study includes:
    • 14 credits (six courses) in evidence-based approaches to public health that includes public health and health care systems, planning and management to promote health, policy in public health, leadership, communication, and inter-professional practice and systems thinking;
    • 15 credits (five courses) in a behavioral and community health concentration/cognate area selected from a list of approved electives and additional courses;
    • 9 credits (three courses) in electives; and
    • 7 credits (two course) in a capstone experience that consists of an internship and capstone project.
  • The program promotes the development of behavioral and community health professionals who understand the science, theory, and practice of public health and to apply this knowledge toward the enhancement of health status of communities. Students participate in both academic and applied training in program planning and implementation, program evaluation, public policy analysis, research, and management.
  • Students must complete HLTH786 Capstone Project in Public Health during the final semester in which the student intends to graduate.
    • This experience must demonstrate synthesis of foundational and concentration-specific competencies acquired from different coursework and other experiential learning techniques to solve practice-based public health problems and challenges at the community or organizational level. 
    • The purpose of the final project is to provide the student with a culminating capstone experience where s/he applies the knowledge and skills learned in the MPH program to a specific public health issue or problem.  
    • The final project illustrates the student's understanding of health behavior theories, principles, and processes, as well as her/his ability to actively apply this knowledge and demonstrate acquisition of the necessary knowledge and competencies of behavioral and community health professionals.

The program features 100% online instruction wherein all courses are held online. Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field. Courses are scheduled for weekday evenings (e.g., after 5:30 p.m.).

Online Instruction

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Students attend in real time via the use of webcams and headsets with microphones. Through synchronous participation, students see slides, see and hear instructors speaking, and also ask questions.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Choose major social, behavioral, and public health theories to use with the design and evaluation of interventions.
  • Build emergent themes and sub-themes within qualitative data which require re-reading of text and an iterative process of data aggregation and interpretation.
  • Identify and use mobile/computer apps to gather information or collect data for use in the evaluation of research.
  • Manage traditional and new media to communicate health information (e.g., statistics, reports) effectively.
  • Build valid data collection tools to measure behavioral factors that influence community health.
  • Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.

The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Students in the program are eligible to take the National Board of Public Health Examiners exam to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) after completing all the core principles of public health courses.

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