Public Health Science

The University of Maryland College Park offers the B.S. degree in Public Health Science at the Universities at Shady Grove.

The Public Health Science degree is a science-based program which prepares students to work in the field of public health at the local, state, national, and international level in all aspects of disease prevention, health promotion, environmental protection, emergency preparedness, and wellness, as well as a host of other public health related areas.

The Public Health Science Program is a two year program at Shady Grove. A basic foundation in public health and health behavior, including biology, chemistry, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology are requirements for participation in the program. For more information, visit the program website.

Why Study Public Health?

Public health is an exciting and dynamic field which is growing and expanding. Public health professionals face complex and challenging issues like: How can we help to make the public healthier? How can we help to make the public safer? How can we get health information to people who need it? How can we educate the public on the dangers of environmental hazards? How can we work to control infectious diseases?

Public health is a rewarding field which offers professionals the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. Public health is a field which is geared toward serving the public and ensuring the public welfare by improving people's health and well-being.

Program Curriculum

Students in the Public Health Science Program will take courses from the broad field of public health, including Environmental Health, Public Health Biology, Epidemiology, Kinesiology, Emergency Preparedness, and Nutrition. Full time students will take 5 courses each semester over 4 semesters. Students may also participate in an internship during their senior year as part of their curriculum.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students enrolled in this program are charged the same full- or part-time tuition as students attending the University of Maryland, College Park. Financial aid is available to students enrolled in this program, and is administered through the University of Maryland, College Park.

Contact Information

For more information on the Public Health Science Program, please contact Assistant Director Lynn Cook at 301-738-6164 or or Academic Advisor Dr. Jessica O'Hara at 301-738-6165 or

For further information about financial aid and application forms, please contact the Office of Student Services at 301-738-6023 or

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