Univ of Maryland School of Public Health  

College Park,  MD 
United States
  • Booth: 104

At the University of Maryland School of Public Health, we are driven by a passion to break down the societal barriers that keep individuals, families, communities and populations from optimum health and wellness. 

Established in 2007 to advance a better state of health for the diverse populations of Maryland and beyond, our school builds upon a foundation of disciplines that originated over 165 years ago when our land grant university was established.

With more than 2800 students across 25 different degree programs—including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs—the UMD School of Public Health is preparing the next generation of public health leaders who are dedicated to advancing health equity, literacy and smart, science-based solutions to promote well-being. 

We're ranked in the top ten public schools of public health in the country — and tied for No. 20 overall. Our academic excellence and location at one of the nation’s leading research institutions positions us to advance and translate public health knowledge to improve health and well-being for all. 

Our academic programs provide you with: 

  • Leadership and career development  - Interdisciplinary and hands-on experiences that accelerate your successful entry into the public health workforce 

  • Expertise from leading faculty who are dedicated to mentorship and supporting student success  

  • Authentic community connections to local and global partner organizations

  • Cultural competency skills through our focus on promoting health equity, health literacy and social justice 

  • Unique research and internship experiences found only in the national capital region 

We are Public Health Terps! Join us in fearlessly promoting health for all!

Join the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Graduate Admissions team during one or both of our APHA chat sessions. Information for these sessions can be found below:

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  • Quynh Nguyen and Elizabeth Aparicio will Develop and Test Tech-enabled Tool Reduce Disparities in Maternal and Child Health.

    New parents may soon have a reliable and easy way to find information to guide them through the uncertainty of caring for a new baby—a chatbot named Rosie. 

    With a $3.7 million grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health, Epidemiology Associate Professor Quynh Nguyen (principal investigator) and Behavioral and Community Health Assistant Professor Elizabeth Aparicio (co-principal investigator) will develop this tech-enabled tool that they hope can reduce post-partum depression among new moms and improve infant health.  

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  • New Report Provides Urgent Recommendations to Inform the Ongoing Response to COVID-19 and Increasing Health Equity in Majority-Black Prince George’s County.

    new report released September 15th by the University of Maryland School of Public Health provides urgent recommendations to inform the ongoing response to the COVID-19 in Prince George’s County, Md, which has led Maryland in COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths throughout the pandemic. There are still significant numbers of county residents, particularly African Americans, who have not been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and who remain at risk from the Delta variant and other emerging virus strains. The report findings and recommendations are made with the goal of helping the county recover by continuing to increase the numbers of vaccinated, but also by increasing engagement in support of an ongoing community health campaign that outlives and transcends the COVID-19 pandemic. Ideally, this campaign would be sustained over the next decade or more to address other health issues, such as chronic diseases, HIV, infant mortality and unequal access to health care, the report suggests.

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  • UMD SPH Researchers Studied Millions of Tweets for Evidence of Bias.

    George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police last May sparked horror, outrage and demands for change worldwide. But a new study led by University of Maryland researchers used Twitter data to take the nation’s pulse on race-related sentiments and suggests that changes in attitudes—particularly about anti-Black sentiment—were short-lived following the high-profile killings of Floyd and other unarmed Black people in early 2020.

    Nationwide, the proportion of tweets referencing Black people in a negative way after the Floyd killing declined by 32%, but anti-Black tweets returned nearly to baseline levels by July, according to a new study published this month in the journal SSM-Population Health.

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  • With the Biden administration spotlighting EJ issues in an unprecedented way, Dr. Sacoby Wilson propels folks to take advantage

    Climate change is impacting us all, but it’s not impacting us all the same way, Dr. Sacoby Wilson, director of the Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health, said during the opening session of the 2021 Environmental Justice and Health Disparities Symposium, Aug. 19-21. 

    Each year, Wilson, an associate professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, brings together environmental justice advocacy groups, researchers, scholars, legal professionals, policymakers and others to have open dialogue conversations about the various ways of how climate change is affecting communities. But the 2021 event paid special attention to the unprecedented work that leaders in the Biden administration are doing to advance environmental justice, including EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Dr. Cecilia Martinez, senior director of environmental justice for the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, who both spoke at the event. 

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  • UMD School of Public Health at a Glance
    Learn more about what sets the UMD School of Public Health apart by exploring our graduate viewbook!...
  • Video: Explore UMD SPH Graduate Programs
    Graduate students at the University of Maryland School of Public Health share their reasons for choosing a degree at UMD....

  • In this video, graduate students at the University of Maryland School of Public Health share their reasons for choosing a degree at UMD and what they love about public health and our SPH community. Explore graduate programs on the UMD SPH website.

  • Master's Degree Programs
    The University of Maryland School of Public Health offers a variety of master's degree options. With diverse professional experiences and personal backgrounds, students in our graduate programs share a commitment to public health and meaningful research....

  • Our master’s programs provide students with outstanding mentorship by leading public health experts, and professional development opportunities unique to the Washington, DC metro region. 

    We are the only accredited school of public health at a public university in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia region, offering an affordable education with outstanding professional development opportunities.

    Our departments offer Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science (in Couple and Family Therapy and in Environmental Health Sciences) and Master of Arts (in Kinesiology) degrees, as well as dual degree programs and an accelerated BS + MPH or MHA that enables students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degree in less time. Discover the program that's right for you!

    MPH and MHA Programs

    Master of Arts Program

    Master of Sciences Programs

  • Doctoral Degrees
    Graduate students at the School of Public Health are a vital part of our academic community. With a wide variety of professional experiences and personal backgrounds, students in our programs share a commitment to public health and meaningful research....
  • Video: Public Health Terps are Terrapin Strong
    Students, faculty and staff of the School of Public Health discuss our community's commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • The University of Maryland strives to create an inclusive environment where every member of our community feels that they belong and are empowered to reach their full potential. Students, faculty and staff of the School of Public Health discuss our community's commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and our role in acknowledging and addressing implicit bias and the role the University of Maryland has played throughout its history in denying access and full participation.

  • Video: Shots at the Shop: Tre Shadez salon, June 1
    Dozens of teens and adults got their COVID-19 vaccine at a Capitol Heights hair salon which is part of the Shots at the Shop initiative, an ongoing effort to train 1,000 barbers and stylists to dispel myths about COVID-19 vaccination....

  • The HAIR initiative is going nationwide with Shots at the Shop, an ongoing effort to train 1,000 barbers and stylists to dispel myths about COVID-19 vaccination. President Biden announced the initiative on June 2 which is made possible by the Maryland Center for Health Equity, the Black Coalition Against COVID and SheaMoisture.

  • Video: UMD Prevention Research Center
    The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center (UMD-PRC) is working to improve mental health and health care for LGBTQ+ people with new funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)....

  • Through a new cooperative agreement that supports a select group of national prevention research centers, the CDC is funding the UMD-PRC’s research, service and training efforts with $3.75 million over five years (2019-2024). Learn more about the center in this video featuring voices from PRC leaders, students and community partners.

  • Video: Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
    Endowed and named to honor the legacy of Dr. Herschel S. Horowitz, a prominent scientist, educator, and public health advocate, the Center was the nation’s first academic Center for Health Literacy....

  • The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy has the unique characteristic of framing health literacy as a public health issue.

    Learn more about the center in this overview video featuring leaders, staff and students.

  • Video: University of Maryland Stop COVID study
    Professor Don Milton has been studying how respiratory viruses spread between people for more than 25 years. Since Spring 2020, he has led the Stop COVID study, which recruits people who have recently been infected with COVID-19 and their contacts....

  • Dr. Milton’s team studies how much virus is in the tiny particles that people exhale and how well masks work to contain the spread of the SARS CoV2 virus that causes COVID-19. Based on his current and previous research, Dr. Milton recommends what he calls a “hierarchy of controls” to minimize the spread of COVID-19 indoors beginning with environmental controls such as improving ventilation, utilizing filtration and/or installing upper room germicidal UV-C fixtures.

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