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Program Overview


The Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health (Online) (MPH-BCHL Online) is designed for passionate, aspiring public health advocates and public health leaders.

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 eighteen months of full-time study while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. Part-time study is welcomed. 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 MPH-BCHL Online offers dynamic learning opportunities to 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.

The MPH-BCHL Online features online instruction which offers greater flexibility and increased opportunity to tailor learning that accommodates personal and professional responsibilities. UMD’s online learning environment delivers content through easy-to-use web-based technology that supports engaging and interactive learning. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held during fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).

Academic Program Director Contact Information

The MPH-BCHL Online is offered through the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health. The program prepares students to be skilled practitioners and to have positive influences in the public health field by helping to create systems, programs, research and policies to improve the lives and wellbeing of populations or communities. 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. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Dina L.G. Borzekowski, Ed.D.
Department of Behavioral and Community Health
School of Public Health
1234B School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-2611

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