Public Health (formerly HAPP)

Welcome to the Public Health Program!

2018 HAPP graduates

The Health Administration and Policy BA will be changing to the Public Health BA during summer 2021! The term Public Health offers students a “bigger umbrella” to recognize their education and skills, and we are excited to be able to provide this opportunity to current and incoming students for Fall 2021. Additionally, students will now have their tracks listed on their transcripts to highlight their credentials to prospective employers and graduate schools. The complete transition may take some time, and we look forward to answering your questions on campus this fall. Check out out Public Health FAQs for answers to common questions.


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Health Communication Students

The Public Health BA offers three tracks of study for majors; Health Administration, Health Policy, and Public Health. Public Health students come to UMBC from a diverse set of backgrounds, and this diversity provides for a rich university experience.

Many Public Health majors go directly into the workforce after graduation. Students have gone on to work in the non-clinical medical setting in hospitals and care facilities, government organizations, nonprofit organizations, and private healthcare related jobs. Frequently these positions are the result of the required internship. Many students also go on to pursue graduate degrees in health administration, health policy, and public health. We also have a minor that can be a rewarding compliment for many majors, such as Biology, Emergency Health Services, Information Technology, and Political Science, among others.


Alumni Spotlight

Sam Saxena, MPH CHES® (Public/Population Health Track, 2015) is the Sexual Health Program Coordinator at CommUnityCare Health Centers in Austin, Texas. Sam helps to oversee awarded grants and implement programs and policies clinic-wide that promote sexual health and wellbeing. CommUnityCare strives to provide quality care for those in need, especially the under and uninsured, in over 25 clinics in the Austin area.

Olivia Hardy (Health Policy Track, 2020) is Special Assistant to the Baltimore City Commissioner of Health, where she is responsible for high level coordination and administrative functions for the department. The Baltimore City Health Department is the primary public health agency for the city of Baltimore.

Imani Adegbuyi, MHA, (Health Administration Track, 2017) is the Director of School-Based Health at Henry Ford Health System. Henry Ford Health System’s School-Based and Community Health Program provides primary care and behavioral health services to children ages 5-21 regardless health insurance coverage or ability to pay.

Our Graduates are Employed with: CMS, CDC, IMPAQ, HRSA, State and Local Health Departments, Booz Allen Hamilton, USAID, NIH, Johns Hopkins Hospital, CareFirst, DHHS, MedStar, US DOJ, Erickson, Mercy Medical Center, The Hilltop Institute, NORC, Signant Health, and many more.

Public Health students are able to apply for an accelerated BA/MA with the graduate program in Applied Sociology, and an accelerated BA/MPP with the graduate program in Public Policy. Accelerated programs allow a student to take graduate level courses as an undergraduate, and count three to four classes toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students may also be interested in number of undergraduate certificate programs, such as the Social Dimensions of Health certificate or the Health IT certificate.  Talk to you advisor about these and other programs that can complement your Public Health BA at UMBC.

You can also refer to the UMBC Undergraduate Catalog for further information about the academic program and course descriptions for the Public Health Major.

What can I do with a degree in Public Health?

Nikki Saad and Professor Paul Coakley