Public Health Sciences Degree

Associate of Science
Public Health Sciences AS Degree

Public health is the science of promoting health, preventing disease, extending life and improving quality of life for populations. The population can be as small as a community or as large as a country. Public health professionals address the impact of genetics, environment and individual behavior on the health of the population.

The mission of public health is accomplished through the development and delivery of educational programs, creation of policy, regulation and administration of resources and continuing research. The scope of public health practice is broad encompassing a wide range of disciplines which emerge from the five core areas; behavioral science, epidemiology, biostatistics, administration, and environmental health.

MC's degree program is designed to articulate with the BS in public health sciences at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Students may choose to complete this program at either the Shady Grove campus or the main campus in College Park. Students not transferring into the BS in public health sciences are advised to check the requirements of the institution and program to which they intend to transfer.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze credible sources of health information.
  • Describe the biopsychosocial factors which impact human health.
  • List and describe controllable and uncontrollable risk factors for disease.
  • List and describe the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the US.
  • Analyze the contribution of both controllable and uncontrollable risk factors to the health status of individuals and populations.
  • Evaluate the impact of personal/individual choice in achieving and maintaining good health.
  • Evaluate the impact of individual choice on the health of the population.


Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process. 

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.

Careers

Related careers include health policy analyst, health administration program specialist, and epidemiologist. Some positions require a bachelor’s degree.

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: Public Health Sciences

A suggested Public Health Sciences course sequence for full-time students follows.

A suggested Public Health Sciences course sequence for full-time students follows.

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

  

Suggested Course Sequence


A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


Fourth Semester


*ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 or HLTH elective.

If students plan to transfer to a school other than UMD or UMD at the Universities at Shady Grove, they should consult the transfer institution for more detailed information on course transfer.


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