Behavioral and Community Health (BCHL)
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 and community professionals with specific skills and the ability to implement theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.
The goal of the doctoral program is to develop health professionals competent in understanding the health needs of populations who are qualified to conduct research in order to implement programs and policies aimed at improving the public’s health. This program is very selective and admission is competitive. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop research skills essential in making significant contributions to the scientific and professional literature in behavioral and community health.
Degree programs may be completed either full-time or part-time, although full-time is preferred. 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 and the Prevention Research Center.
The Department offers a limited number of fellowships, and graduate teaching and research assistantships. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for further information.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Behavioral and Community Health
1234V School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
PART 1. SOPHAS APPLICATION
- Complete the online SOPHAS application.
- Choose the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health program to which you would like to apply.
- You may apply to only one UMD SPH program per application cycle.
- You must send an official transcript for all completed college courses. These transcripts go directly to SOPHAS.
- We require 3 letters of recommendation. Your references will receive an email invite from SOPHAS to complete the recommendation online.
- Test scores. GRE and English proficiency (IELTS and TOEFL) scores must be sent to 5688 & 5814.
- Pay the SOPHAS application fee.
- Your SOPHAS application will go through several phases including submission, completion and verification. Verification can take up to four weeks, therefore we recommend starting the application early.
PART 2: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION
- The supplemental application is completed online via an emailed invitation from the UMD graduate school.
- The invite is sent within one week of your SOPHAS verification date to the email on file with SOPHAS.
- The title of the email is ‘please complete the school of public health supplemental application.’
- This application requires demographic and residency questions, transcript, and application fee.
- You must submit a PDF copy of your undergraduate degree transcript (the transcript that indicates degree awarded).
- The application fee is $75.00
- Upon completion of BOTH parts, you will receive notification of ‘Under Committee Review’, which means the application has been sent to the review committee.
For more information, please visit the School of Public Health website.
|Type of Applicant||Fall Deadline|
|US Citizens and Permanent Residents||1 June (extended)|
|F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants||Priority: 15 Nov|
|Final: 14 Feb|
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
- Health literacy
- Treatment of nicotine dependence
Specialized laboratories operating within the Department include:
- The Center for Young Adult Health and Development
- The Prevention Research Center
- The Center for Health Behavior Research
The proximity of the nation’s capital, the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and 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.
|Last Name||First/Middle Name||Graduate Faculty Status||Academic Credentials||Positions|
|Aparicio||Elizabeth||Full Member||M.S.W., Catholic University of America, 2005; Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore, 2014||Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Arria||Amelia||Full Member||B.S., Cornell University, 1986; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1993.||Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Baur||Cynthia||Full Member||Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Beck||Kenneth H.||Full Member||B.S., Pennsylvania State University-University Park, 1972; M.A., Syracuse University, 1975; Ph.D., 1977.||Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Boekeloo||Bradley O.||Full Member||B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1981; S.C.M.,Johns Hopkins University, 1985; Ph.D., 1989.||Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Borzekowski||Dina||Full Member||B.S., 1998, Cornell University; M.S., 1989, Columbia University; Ed.M., 1990, Harvard University; Ed.D., 1994, Harvard University||Research Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Butler||James||Full Member||B.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College, 1991; M.Ed., Temple University, 1994; D.P.H., University of Pittsburgh, 1999||Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Desmond||Sharon M.||Full Member||B.A., University of Toledo, 1982; M.S., 1984; Ph.D., 1988.||Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Feldman||Robert H.||Full Member||B.A., City University of New York-Brooklyn College, 1964; M.A.,Pennsylvania State University-University Park, 1966; M.S., Syracuse University, 1972; Ph.D., 1974.||Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Fryer||Craig Scott||Full Member||B.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1992; M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh, 1997; D.P.H., Columbia University, 2006||Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Gold||Robert S.||Full Member||B.S., State University of New York-College at Brockport, 1969; M.S., 1971; Ph.D.,University of Oregon-Eugene, 1976; Doc.P.H., University of Texas, 1980.||Chair, Behavioral and Community Health |
Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
|Green||Kerry||Full Member||B.S., College of William and Mary; M.A., University of Maryland; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University||Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Horowitz||Alice Munkhoff||Associate||B.A., University of Iowa, 1964; M.A., University of Iowa, 1965; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1992||Associate Research Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Howard||Donna E.||Full Member||B.S., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1978; M.P.H., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1980; D.Pub.Hlth., Johns Hopkins University,1994.||Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|King-Marshall||Evelyn Claire||Associate||B.S., University of Florida, 2005; M.P.H., University of Florida, 2007, Ph.D., University of Florida, 2013||n/a, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Knott||Cheryl L||Full Member||B.S.,SUNY-Brockport; M.S.,East Tennessee University; Ph.D.,St. Louis University||Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Portnoy||Barry||Special Member||Distinguished University Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |
|Sharp||Katherine E.||Full Member||B.S., University of Maryland, 1990; MPH, Emory University, 1996; Ph.D., Kent State University, 2005.||Graduate Director, Behavioral and Community Health |
Associate Clinical Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
|Stoebenau||Kirsten||Associate||B.S., Emory University, 1995; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2006||n/a |
Associate Research Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
|Wang||Min Qi||Full Member||Ed.D., Syracuse University; B.S., M.S., The City College of New York||Professor, Behavioral and Community Health |