The five-year accelerated program leads to both the B.S. and M.P.H. degrees in Public Health. Students who want to complete this program must identify themselves to the Public Health program as undergraduate majors. Eligibility requirements for application to the B.S./M.P.H. program are:
Undergraduate majoring in Public Health
Completion of at least 92 semester hours of undergraduate designated course work as approved by adviser
Completion of approved course work for the B.S./M.P.H. program (see adviser)
Minimum GPA of 3.25; no GRE required
Completion of all application requirements, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a resume/curriculum vitae
Applications are due to the Graduate School no later than July 15 prior to the applicant’s final undergraduate year, for fall semester matriculation into the program. Admission will be on a competitive basis, and the likelihood of admission will depend on the number and quality of the applicants to the program, the number and quality of applicants to the M.P.H. in general, as well as other factors normally considered in admissions decisions by the Graduate School and the Public Health program.
Interested students should talk to a public health adviser as early as possible.
Students must complete 92 semester hours of undergraduate designated course work as approved by adviser for the accelerated B.S. in Public Health to M.P.H. degree. Students accepted into the M.P.H. program will matriculate in the M.P.H. program in the fall of their final undergraduate year. The graduate-level courses taken in the B.S./M.P.H. are the same as those taken in the stand-alone M.P.H. program. Up to 18 semester hours of M.P.H. courses will be counted toward the 120 hours needed for the undergraduate degree. Students must complete all undergraduate requirements and receive their B.S. degree before the beginning of the fifth year. After completing one additional year of study in the M.P.H program, students will receive their M.P.H. degree.
Students must complete all the admission requirements for the Public Health B.S. accelerated degree as well as all general education requirements by the end of their junior year and have earned at least 92 semester hours. Beginning with the first semester of their senior year, students will start taking classes in the M.P.H. program as well as completing final university requirements. Successful completion of year 4 courses will count towards the final 28 semester hours of the undergraduate degree.