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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Public Health Science

5127 Building III, 301-738-6181
http://sph.umd.edu/department/phs
mapeter@umd.edu

School of Public Health
Universities at Shady Grove

9630 Gudelsky Drive, Bldg III Room 5127

http://sph.umd.edu/department/phs  

301-738-6181

Director: Barbara Alving, MD

Assistant Director:  Lynn Cook, MHS, CHES
Assistant Director of Curriculum Development: Jessica O'Hara, PhD

Program Coordinator: Monique Peterson, MEd

The Major
Public Health Science combines a robust curriculum in the natural sciences with training in the basic fields of public health. The Public Health Science major provides students with interdisciplinary training that is essential to recognizing and addressing public health issues at the state, national and global levels.

With a degree in Public Health Science, students can follow many career paths, from allied health professions to medical school. More specifically, graduates can:

  • Pursue degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and allied health professions, such as occupational and physical therapy.
  • Continue with graduate work to earn Masters, Ph.D., or MPH degrees in such disciplines as biostatistics and epidemiology, environmental health, health services and policy, as well as behavioral sciences.
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams, both governmental and nongovernmental, at the local, state, national, and international levels in disease prevention, environmental protection, and health promotion.

The BS in Public Health Science is offered on both the College Park and Shady Grove campus. At College Park students can enter the program at any time during the college career, while at Shady Grove, students begin their studies with us in their junior year. 

Shady Grove Curriculum
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) ( www.shadygrove.umd.edu/ ) consists of 120 credit hours, of which 60 are transferred from either a community college or another accredited 4-year institution. The remaining 60 credits are completed at USG and can be completed in 4 full-time semesters or on a part-time basis. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday including some evening classes. All undergraduate coursework at USG begins at the junior level.

Admissions Requirements
To be admitted to the Public Health Science program at USG, students must have
-A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better for all college level work
-Earned a C- or better in all 100- and 200-level Public Health Science Prerequisite courses (see below.)

It is also strongly recommended that students either earn an Associate of Arts or Science degree from a Maryland state institution OR complete all University of Maryland General Education ( www.gened.umd.edu/ ) requirements prior to transfer.

Degree Requirements
For full details of degree requirements, please view the Shady Grove curriculum online at: http://sph.umd.edu/department/phssg/shady-grove-curriculum .

Prerequisite Courses (31 credits)
Certain mathematical techniques and scientific principles serve as a foundation for future study in Public Health Science. These courses cover the scientific concepts essential to advanced study in the field and are prerequisites for admission to the Public Health Science program at USG. Transfer credit is given based on a review of the syllabus and a determination of its equivalence to the following UMCP courses. To determine the equivalent course at your current institution please visit the UMD Transfer Credit Database ( https://ntst.umd.edu/tce/ ).

COURSE ID

COURSE TITLE

COURSE CREDIT

*

Foundation in Behavioral and Social Science

3

MATH120 or MATH220

Elementary Calculus I

3

BSCI170&171

Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Lab

4

BSCI201

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BSCI202

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4

CHEM131/132

Chemistry I - Fundamentals of General Chemistry/General Chemistry I Lab

3/1

CHEM231/232
OR
CHEM105

Organic Chemistry I/Organic Chemistry I Lab
OR
Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry

3/1

BSCI222

Principles of Genetics 

4

BSCI223

General Microbiology

4

*Courses that satisfy the Foundation in Behavioral and Social Science include: Introduction to Public and Community Health (HLTH130), Introduction to Health Behaviors (HLTH230), Anthropology (ANTH260), Sociology (SOCY100 or SOCY105), or Psychology (PSYC100).

Public Health Science Foundation Courses (31 credits)
In addition to the scientific foundation courses, the major also studies discipline specific courses that lead to advanced study in the field. These courses include, but are not limited to, the five core disciplines of public health (behavioral science, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and health services administration) as well as kinesiology and are instructed through the following:

COURSE ID

COURSE TITLE

COURSE
CREDIT

HLTH366

Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health

3

PHSC401

History of Public Health 

3

MIEH300

Introduction to Environmental Health 

3

MIEH400

Introduction to Global Health

3

KNES360

Exercise Physiology of Exercise

4

HLSA300

Introduction to Health Policy and Services 

3

EPIB300

Biostatistics for Public Health Practice 

3

EPIB301

Epidemiology for Public Health Practice 

3

PHSC415

Essentials of Public Health Biology: The Cell, The Individual, and Disease 

3

SPHL409

Social, Political, and Ethical Issues in Public Health 

3

Public Health Science Options (12 Credits)
The Public Health Science option courses build upon the Scientific and Public Health Science Foundation courses. The option courses are 300 and 400 level courses offered within the major. By choosing from these courses, students have an opportunity to customize their program. Students are encouraged to specifically choose courses that best align with a particular career goal.

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