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Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance








Curbow, Barbara, Full Member

Graduate Director

Sharp, Katherine E., Full Member

Distinguished University Professor

Portnoy, Barry, Special Member


Baur, Cynthia, Full Member

Beck, Kenneth H., Full Member

Boekeloo, Bradley O., Full Member

Feldman, Robert H., Full Member

Gold, Robert S., Full Member

Wang, Min Qi, Full Member

Associate Professor

Arria, Amelia, Full Member

Desmond, Sharon M., Full Member

Holt, Cheryl L, Full Member

Howard, Donna E., Full Member

Sawyer, Robin G., Full Member

Assistant Professor

Garza, Mary, Full Member

Green, Kerry, Full Member

Research Professor

Borzekowski, Dina, Full Member

Clark, Pamela I., Full Member


LaTouche-Howard, Sylvette, Full Member

Associate Clinical Professor

Sharp, Katherine E., Full Member

More BCHL Faculty Information

Behavioral and Community Health (BCHL)   

Program Title and Classification

Behavioral and Community Health

Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Health


The Department offers graduate study leading to the Master Public Health (MPH) in Behavioral and Community Health and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Behavioral and Community Health. The graduate programs are designed to prepare behavioral and community professionals with specific skills and the ability to implement theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.

The goal of the doctoral program is to develop health professionals competent in understanding the health needs of populations who are qualified to conduct research in order to implement programs and policies aimed at improving the public’s health. This program is very selective and admission is competitive. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop research skills essential in making significant contributions to the scientific and professional literature in behavioral and community health.

Degree programs may be completed either full-time or part-time, although full-time is preferred. Faculty support coursework, research and practice experiences in many areas, including: health communication; health behavior; adolescent health; women’s health; health literacy and health disparities. Faculty hold doctoral degrees in public health, psychology, health education, sociology and epidemiology. The Department offers excellent research and laboratory facilities including the Center for Young Adult Health and Development, Laboratory for Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention, and The Center for Health Behavior Research

Admissions Information

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA; 3.5 graduate GPA
  • GRE scores for exam taken within the last five years (UMD SPH code = 0485)
  • Three Letters of recommendation that address your academic capabilities
  • Statement of purpose and research interests
  • Resume or CV

Program Admission Pre-Requisites:

  • 6 credits Psychology or Sociology or Anthropology

For admission to the doctoral program, the Department requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (if a masters degree has not been obtained) and/or a graduate GPA of 3.5. In addition, the Department requires satisfactory GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, a resume or curriculum vitae, and a statement of purpose from all applicants. Completed admission applications (those that include all supporting materials including GRE scores and letters of recommendation) must be received by November 15th for best consideration. February 15th is the final deadline to be considered for Fall enrollment.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) at Remember to designate the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, as one of your school choices along with your desired program. The University of Maryland School of Public Health GRE Code in SOPHAS is 0485 (the GRE is required in all applications).

For information please see

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
Best Consideration: 15 Nov / Final: 15 Feb
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
Best Consideration: 15 Nov / Final: 15 Feb

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Required courses:

HLTH 606: Foundations of Public Health Education and Policy (3 credits)

HLTH 665: Health Behavior I (3 credits)

HLTH 671: Public Health Communication (3 credits)

HLTH 710: Methods and Techniques of Research (3 credits)

HLTH 774: Community Health Program Planning (3 credits)

HLTH 776: Community Health Program Evaluation (3 credits)

EPIB 610: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 650: Biostatistics I (3 credits)

HLSA 601: Introduction to Health Systems (3 credits)

MIEH 600: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 credits)

HLTH 666: Health Behavior II (3 credits)

Elective in Advanced Theory and Applications (3 credtis)

HLTH 652: Quantitative Research Methods I in Public health (3 credits)

HLTH 653: Quantitative Research Methods II in Public Health (3 credits)

HLTH 711: Advanced Research Methods in Health (3 credits)

HLTH 712: Applied Research Methods in Behavioral and Community Health (3 credits)

Individualized Research Plan (15 credits minimum)

HLTH 899: Doctoral Disseration Research (12 credits)


The PhD in Behavioral and Community Health is a 48 to 75 credit program depending on the number of course requirements that can or cannot be waived. This research-intensive degree includes coursework, qualifying exams, and individual research that results in a dissertation.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Department has research specializations in a variety of areas including:

  • Minority health/social inequalities in health
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Safety and health
  • Sexual health
  • Adolescent health and risk behavior
  • Violence prevention/community violence
  • Public health communication
  • Health literacy
  • Treatment of nicotine dependence

Specialized laboratories operating within the Department include:

  • The Center for Young Adult Health and Development
  • The Laboratory for Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention
  • The Center for Health Behavior Research

The proximity of the nation’s capital, the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and Food and Drug Administration, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and numerous public health focused private and not-for-profit organizations/agencies render the University of Maryland unusually well suited for graduate work in behavioral and community health.

Financial Assistance

The Department offers a limited number of fellowships, and graduate teaching and research assistantships. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for further information.

Contact Statement

For additional information please contact:



Director of Graduate Studies

1234V SPH Building, Valley Drive

College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-2464

Fax: (301)314-9167 ">


Associated Information




Ph.D. in Behavioral and Community Health. Areas of study including but not limited to: Health Behavior, Stress Management, Violence Prevention, Women’s Health, Health Disparities, Traffic Safety, Sexual Health, Health Communication, Community Health.


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