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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

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

Zanjani, Faika, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Butler, James, Full Member

Fryer, Craig S., Full Member

Green, Kerry, Full Member

Research Professor

Borzekowski, Dina, Full Member

Clark, Pamela I., Full Member


Anderson-Sawyer, Anne, Full Member

LaTouche-Howard, Sylvette, Full Member

Associate Clinical Professor

Sharp, Katherine E., Full Member

More MBCH Faculty Information

Behavioral and Community Health (MBCH)   

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 health professionals with specific skills and the ability to implement theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.

The mission of the MPH program is to promote the development of behavioral and community health professionals who understand the science, theory, and practice of public health and can apply this knowledge toward the enhancement of health status of communities. The MPH program is designed as a professional degree to prepare behavioral and community health professionals working in public health service as practitioners, administrators, supervisors, educators, consultants and researchers. Students will participate in both academic and applied training in program planning and implementation, program evaluation, public policy analysis, research, and management.

Degree programs may be completed either full-time or part-time. All classes are held from either 4:00pm-6:45pm or 7:00pm-9:45pm Monday through Friday. 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
  • GRE scores for exam taken within the past five years (UMD SPH code = 0485)
  • Three Letters of recommendation that address your academic capabilities
  • Statement of goals and interests
  • Resume or CV

An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required for admission to the MPH program. For best consideration, completed admission applications (those that include all supporting materials including GRE scores and letters of recommendation) must be received by December 15th to be considered for Fall enrollment. The final deadline in April 15th.

How to Apply: 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
15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

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

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 42 credits

Non-thesis option: 42 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)

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

HLTH 672: Public Health Informatics (3 credits) or 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)

HLTH 780: Community Health (3 credits)

HLTH 785: Internship in Public Health (3 credits)

Thesis option:

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

Non-thesis option:

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

Students take one additional elective course (3 credits)


The MPH in Behavioral and Community Health is a 42-credit program which includes coursework, an internship, and a MPH project or a thesis. It takes 2 years to complete as a full-time student and 3.5-5.0 years to complete as a part-time student. The program cannot be completed in less than 2 years due to limited course availability. At this time, the majority of courses are held in-person on the College Park campus, a few are online.


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
  • Treatment of nicotine dependence

Specialized laboratories operating within the Department include:

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

The proximity of the nation’s capital, the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, the 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. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for further information.

Contact Statement

For additional information please contact:



Director of Graduate Studies

2387 SPH Building, University of Maryland, College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-2464

Fax: 301-314-9167


Associated Information




Epidemiology (EPID)

Health Administration (HLSA)

Maternal and Child Health (MCHS)