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Located in Baltimore, the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is a professional degree program that currently offers an MPH as well as several joint and accelerated degree opportunities for health, law, and human services professionals.

The MPH Program uniquely combines classroom learning with real-world experiences that prepare the MPH students for leadership positions in public health. To that end, the program:

  • Is grounded in the tradition and excellence of a major medical school and biomedical research institution
  • Is taught in a dynamic and diverse urban setting that is a “living laboratory” for community engagement and hands-on experience
  • Provides opportunities to work in developing countries around the world on the most critical public health issues
  • Exposes students to numerous opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration
  • Has placement opportunities with local, state, national and international agencies

Are there specific areas of study within the MPH?

Three academic concentrations are offered within the MPH. When entering the program, each student selects one concentration.

  • Community and Population Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health

What are the course requirements?

All MPH students must complete 17 core course credits, 12 concentration course credits, 7 approved elective course credits and 6 capstone experience credits.

Core Coursework (17-credit hours): Training in the five foundational areas of public health:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Environmental Health and Health Policy and Management
  • Public Health Ethics

Course #

Course Name

# of Credits

PH 600

Principles of Epidemiology


PH 610

Social & Behavioral Foundations of Public Health


PH 621

Biostatistical Methods


PH 668

Environmental & Occupational Health


PH 623

Ethical Issues in Public Health


PH 648 

Health Services Policy, Management & Finance


Concentration Coursework (12-credit hours):
Advanced training in one of three areas - Community and Population Health, Epidemiology or Global Health.

Elective Coursework (7-credit hours): With faculty guidance, students select from a variety of elective courses in areas relevant to public health. Approved elective courses are available in several of the schools across campus.

Capstone Experience (6-credit hours): The required MPH field and culminating experiences are combined into a capstone which includes the development of a capstone prospectus, a 240-hour placement in a public health agency, a final written report, an oral defense of the project and the creation of a capstone portfolio.

 A complete list of MPH courses and descriptions can be found here.