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Health Equity (HLEQ)   

Program Title and Classification

Health Equity

Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Health


The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Health Equity is a 43-credit interdisciplinary professional degree. It is a school wide program, currently administered by the Department of Health Services Administration.

The MPH program in Health Equity is designed to train students as public health scientists and practitioners that focus practice and/or research activities on the recognition, description and elimination of health disparities. Health disparities exist across several groups such as race/ethnic groups, geographic residence, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability status.  Public health and health care practitioners and researchers play a critical role in the identification and amelioration of health disparities and in working towards achieving health equity.  

The MPH program in Health Equity is a unique and interdisciplinary program with students taking courses across all departments at UMD-SPH and across the UMD campus.   The expertise gained through the MPH in Health Equity prepares students for careers that involve integrating health equity into public health practice at various levels. Various agencies in the state (e.g., county and state health departments) and across the nation (e.g., NIH and CDC), including colleges/universities, health-related agencies, community groups, and even large corporations (hospitals and insurance plans), employ public health professionals with a deep understanding of health disparities in order to design, implement, evaluate, and monitor interventions and policies to improve the health of their constituents by working towards health equity.

To accommodate a variety of career pursuits, students have flexibility in designing their course structure. Once a foundational knowledge is acquired through the MPH program's core requirements, students are encouraged to take electives across a range of disciplines. A large number of elective courses are available within the existing graduate curriculum across all departments in the School of Public Health as well as across other UMD colleges and DC area institutions.  Students will be advised to work with SPH faculty for recommendations about how certain elective courses will best support particular career aspirations.

The curriculum is adaptable to both a full and part-time student status.

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Admissions Information

Applications to the MPH program in the University of Maryland School of Public Health are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

Applications for the MPH program are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:

  1. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable)
  3. GRE scores taken within the past 5 years
  4. 3 letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic capabilities and probability of success in graduate school
  5. Statement of professional goals and interests and their congruence with those of the program
  6. Relevant academic and work experience

Applicants for the MPH in Health Equity degree should be sure to the use the HLEQ major code when selecting the program on the Graduate School application.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
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International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
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Degree Requirements

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 43 credits

Non-thesis option: 43 credits

EPIB 610: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 650: Biostatistics I (3 credits)

HLSA 601: Introduction to Health Systems (3 credits)

HLTH 665: Health Behavior I (3 credits)

MIEH 600: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 credits)

HLSA 785: Internship in Public Health (3 credits)

HLSA 703: Seminar in Health Equity (1 credit)

Thesis option:

HLSA 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Students take one less cognate course.

Non-thesis option:

HLSA 786: Capstone Project in Public Health (3 credits)

Students take one additional cognate course.



Contact Statement

Please see updated information on the program, faculty, deadlines and contacts at the program website


Associated Information


Health Equity, Health Disparities, Minority Health, Health Services


Health Administration (HLSA)

Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation (HPAE)

Health Services (PHHS)

Principles of Public Health (Z076)

Public Health Practice and Policy (PHPP)