BS/MHA and BSM/MHA Combined Degrees
The BS or BSM Combined Degree Programs are a path for continuous study from the bachelor’s degree through the Master of Health Administration (MHA) professional degree at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM). The Combined Degree is an opportunity for Bachelor of Science majors in the School of Science and Engineering or Bachelors of Science in Management majors to begin graduate study for the MHA during their senior year; students may take up to 12 graduate credits from the designated public health graduate courses that may be applied to the MHA degree.
Students must graduate from the BS or BSM program to continue in the MHA program beyond the 12 credits inteh designated graduate courses. Once students have been accepted into the Combined Degree Program, they should meet with their public health faculty adviser early in their senior year to plan study that will incorporate the goals and competencies of the MHA program.
The Combined Degree Program is for students who meet the application deadlines based on their expected graduation date, are accepted, and continue directly from the BS or BSM program into the MHA. Students who take time off between degrees are not eligible for the Combined Degree. Students may return to the MHA degree program at a later time but cannot apply graduate credit earned in the BS program with a gap in program enrollment.
Combined BS/MHA or BSM MHA
The MHA program is a 60 credit masters in health administration plus a 950-hour administrative residency. (See the MHA degree requirements) BS/MHA or BSM/MHA Combined Degree students may share up to 12 credits of graduate courses taken during their senior year. Combined Degree students may only begin the MHA full time in the fall semester. Students are eligible to take challenge exams for introductory courses and if passed, proceed onto the next course in sequence. In their senior year, students may select 12 graduate credits from designated MHA graduate courses that are shared in the both the BS or BSM and MHA degrees from the following:
- SPHL 6060 Biostatistics for Public Health or BIOS 6040 – Intermediate Biostatistics
- HPAM 6360 Human Resource Management
- HPAM 6050 Health Systems Concepts HPAM 6210 Health Law & Regulation
- HPAM 6710 Quantitative Decision Models
- HPAM 6170 Quality Management in Health Care
- HPAM 6780 Information Systems
Combined Degree students should meet with their Public Health faculty adviser early in their senior year to plan study that will incorporate the goals and competencies of the MHA program.