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University System of Maryland Hagerstown

Salisbury to Bring Bachelor's Degree in Community Health to USMH in Fall 2019

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A program from Salisbury University's new College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is expanding across Maryland.

Starting this fall, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in community health from Salisbury at USMH.

"There is a growing demand for this program, offered by our School of Health Sciences," said De. Kelly Fiala, CHHS transitional dean. "We are excited to add to the degrees we already offer at USMH. SU is committed to providing quality education throughout the state."

"USMH is looking forward to expanding its partnership with Salisbury University in bringing the Community Health Program to Hagerstown," said Mark Halsey, USMH Executive Director. "Salisbury faculty and staff have embraced the local community through its social work program that has been offered here since 2007. We believe that the community health program will have an equally positive impact on our area while providing an additional educational path for local students."

SU's community health program prepares students to be health educators, promoting wellness for individuals, communities and populations. It is aligned with the National Commission for Health Education credentialing, training students to become certified health education specialists.

"Our students want to help achieve better health for all," said Dr. Brandye Nobiling, program chair. "Our students get hands-on opportunities, such as semester-long internships and global seminars, and learn alongside experienced and caring faculty. After completing our program, they are well-prepared for careers in health and wellness, and graduate school in public health."

The program accommodates non-traditional students with online and evening courses.

For more information about the community health program, contact Nobiling at 410-677-0062 or, or visit the program website at