Physical Activity (online) (PHAO)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Public Health


The Master of Public Health (MPH Online) degree with a concentration in Physical Activity is a 45-credit professional degree administered by the Department of Kinesiology. All MPH students with a concentration in Physical Activity will complete six public health core courses, eight courses in the physical activity and related cognate area, an internship, and a capstone project.


Shannon Jette
Graduate Director
Department of  Kinesiology

2363 School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.2497 


The MPH in Physical Activity Online 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 application. Applications will not be reviewed until both 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


  • 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 Score submission is not required. GRE scores won’t be reviewed.

  • Applicants being considered for the program may be invited for a virtual interview via Zoom. 

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
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents April 14, 2023
The priority deadline for both the SOPHAS and the UMD applications is December 16, 2022.
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants April 14, 2023
The priority deadline for both the SOPHAS and the UMD applications is December 16, 2022.


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The Department of Kinesiology has three areas of specialization: Cognitive Motor Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, and Physical Cultural Studies. Laboratories are maintained, which support original investigations in each of the three areas. Laboratories include equipment for measuring metabolic parameters, strength, body composition, postural sway, ground reaction forces, amount of physical activity in daily life, as well as muscle biopsies and movement analysis. The response of the human body to physical activity/exercise can be viewed through ECG, EEG, EMG and systematic behavior observation systems. Each of the three research areas has interfaced computer hardware and software to support data collection and analysis. Collaborations with the School of Medicine at the Baltimore campus and with NIH often result in the availability of other facilities and equipment. All graduate students have access to computers and other forms of technology. Details and pictures of current facilities and equipment are available at our website:

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