Behavioral and Community Health (online) (MBCO)

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 health professionals with specific skills and the ability to implement theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.

The mission of the MPH program is to promote the development of behavioral and community health professionals who understand the science, theory, and practice of public health and can apply this knowledge toward the enhancement of health status of communities. The MPH program is designed as a professional degree to prepare behavioral and community health professionals working in public health service as practitioners, administrators, supervisors, educators, consultants, and researchers. Students will participate in both academic and applied training in program planning and implementation, program evaluation, and research.


The Department offers a limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for further information.


Dina Borzekowski, PhD
Research Professor
Director, Online MPH Program
Department of Behavioral and Community Health
School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301-405-8729 (office line) 

Katherine Sharp, PhD, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor
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
Telephone: 301.405.2464
Fax: 301.314.9167


Courses: HLTH SPHL

Relationships: Epidemiology (EPID)Health Administration (HLSA)Maternal and Child Health (MCHS)Behavioral and Community Health (BCHL)

The MPH in Behavioral and Community Health program has a two-part application process. Applicants must submit the SOPHAS application (, the centralized application service for schools and programs of public health and the UMD Supplemental applicationBoth applications must be submitted and verified by the scheduled deadline. Applications will be reviewed when the SOPHAS and the UMD Supplemental applications are completed.



  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • At least one undergraduate math course
  • Transcripts from all previous coursework
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) (international applicants)
  • Statement of purpose and objectives including career and educational goals, professional experience, and areas of interest, and faculty you are interested in working with


  • SOPHAS application & UMD Supplemental application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Fit between applicant's goals and expectations and program degree competencies
  • Official GRE Test Scores submission is not required
  • A writing sample is optional

Note for applicants with foreign credentials:

For detailed instructions on how to submit your application, please visit the School of Public Health Website:


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents April 5, 2024 November 17, 2023
The priority deadline for both the SOPHAS and the UMD applications is December 15, 2023 The priority deadline for both the SOPHAS and the UMD applications is October 13, 2023
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants N/A N/A


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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
  • Treatment of nicotine dependence

Specialized laboratories operating within the Department include:

  • The Laboratory for Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention
  • The Center for Health Behavior Research
  • The Center for Young Adult Health and Development

The proximity of the nation’s capital, the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, the 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.