4+1 Program in Public Health B.S.P.H./M.P.H.

The 4+1 program allows outstanding students to complete the requirements for both undergraduate and masters degrees at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in a period of five years. With permission of the deans of undergraduate and graduate admissions at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, students may opt to study towards the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) and Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degrees. Up to 15 credit hours of graduate coursework can be applied towards the undergraduate degree requirements. In such cases, students may fulfill both bachelors and masters degree requirements in as few as 30 credit hours beyond the BSPH coursework.

Program admission takes effect at the beginning of the students senior year (i.e., upon completion of 90 credit hours). Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000 in their public health courses to be eligible. Formal enrollment in the Graduate Program follows receipt of the BSPH and maintenance of a B (3.000) or higher in all graduate program coursework. Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisers to ensure that the requirements of the 4+1 program, the BSPH degree, and the MPH or MSPH degree are met.

The general outline of the proposed 4+1 program is as follows:

Years 1-4 Minimum Total of 121 credit hours.
Year 5 15 credit hours of advanced public health core courses waived from the undergraduate public health degree.
30 credit hours of additional public health courses taken at the graduate level. Students can NOT retake an undergraduate cross-listed class and count it towards the Masters degree.
Capstone - an integrative experience is required. The capstone may be a practicum, a research project with thesis, a capstone course, or a comprehensive exam, depending on the program.

In order to apply for the 4+1 program, the following materials must be submitted to the Admissions Office in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine: