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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health Science, A.S.

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Associate of Science | PHS.AS | Transfer Program
CIP Code: 51.2201


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Program Description

The Public Health Science A.S. program is designed to prepare graduates for public health and related programs at the bachelor’s degree level including public health generalist, health administration, and environmental health programs. The program is built on and reinforces fundamental skills, including writing, oral communications, and quantitative skills obtained through general education coursework. Students will be exposed to concepts and experiences necessary for success in the workplace, further education, and life-long learning. Throughout the curriculum, students will be presented with a wide range of instructional methods and experiences that provide exposure to a solid foundation of the diverse nature of public health practice. This degree program is designed to articulate with the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Other bachelor’s degree programs may require additional coursework. Students are advised to consult the specific requirements of the bachelor’s degree program to which they wish to transfer. Credit for previous relevant coursework and/or relevant experience may be awarded.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Public Health Science A.S. will be able to:

  • Identify health problems and health hazards in the community
  • Describe risk factors for disease
  • Interpret health information from reliable sources
  • Analyze lifestyle decisions and their impact on health
  • Communicate effectively using basic scientific terminology
  • Apply the scientific method to interpret data and draw conclusions

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Public Health Science A.S.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 60 Credits


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the  same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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