Public Health Combined Program
The public health combined program in the Department of Public and Environmental Wellness provides high-achieving students an opportunity to complete a bachelor's and master's degree in less time than would be required if the two degrees were done independently. In this program, you have the opportunity to graduate with a Master of Public Health degree in approximately one calendar year after completing a bachelor's in public health.
NOTE: The Public Health Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for need-based funding. This is available for MPH students and public health combined program students. Additional information can be found on the MPH website and the School of Health Sciences’ Scholarship website.
Course requirements for the public health combined program can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog (see Curricular Requirements).
In this program, you will complete 12 graduate level credits at undergraduate tuition rates. If you have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and have earned a 3.0 or above GPA in each of the 12-credits of graduate courses, you will be reclassified as a graduate student through Graduate Study. View the Master of Public Health program website for additional details.
If a student has a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, has at least sophomore standing, and has completed: EHS 2550 (or STA 2220); HS 2250 (or PSY 2500); WHP 2800; and WHP 3500, the student may apply to the BS to MPH combined program through the graduate office. Qualified applicants will be given a delayed admission to the MPH program. (Full, formal admission will not take place until the student successfully completes his or her undergraduate degree with an overall GPA of 3.0). Applications are due February 1.
A student accepted into the combined program continues his or her undergraduate degree with the substitution of 3 graduate courses as shown below:
Please note that students must be accepted into the combined program before taking any graduate level courses.
|PH 5000||Foundations of Health Behavior and Health Education|
|PH 5100||Principles of Community-Based Participatory Research|
|PH 5200||Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions|
If a combined program student has successfully graduated with a BS degree and an overall GPA of 3.0, he or she and is fully admitted to graduate MPH program. Classes to be completed are:
|PH 5400||Statistical Methods in Public Health|
|PH 5500||Introduction to Epidemiology|
|PH 5700||Health Policy & Management|
|PH 5600||Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences|
|PH 5960||Public Health Practicum|
|PH 5996||Public Health Capstone|
|Eight credits of electives|
The career outlook for individuals with an MPH degree is very positive and expected to grow in coming years due to an increasing concern for public health needs around the world. There are a wide variety of professional opportunities in both the public and private sector, including: international health organizations, government agencies, state and local health departments, nonprofit organizations, corporate and worksite wellness sites, and local hospitals.
Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 12% from 2021 to 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates that employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28% from 2021 to 2031, significantly faster than the average for all occupations.
ZipRecruiter reports that the average annual pay for the MPH jobs category in the U.S. is $116,386 as of May 2023. BLS reports the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $101,340 in 2021.