Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Health
The BS/MPH program is offered jointly by the College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College and the School of Public Health.
This dual degree program requires five years of full-time study to acquire a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the specified concentrations at Sargent College and the Master of Public Health degree in one of the eight concentrations at the School of Public Health.
Up to 16 credits of graduate-level School of Public Health coursework will be completed in the last two years of undergraduate study and applied to both the BS and MPH degrees. At the completion of the BS degree requirements (128+ credits) at Sargent College, the Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded. At the end of the fifth year or a minimum of 32+ additional credits of SPH coursework, the Master in Public Health degree will be awarded.
Students in the public health minor must take note that courses which have been applied toward an undergraduate public health minor cannot be counted towards a graduate degree in public health, even if the courses are in excess of the credits required for a bachelor’s degree at Boston University. In addition, the 500-level courses from the School of Public Health may not be applied towards a graduate degree at the School of Public Health.
By the time of graduation from Sargent College, and as a condition of entry into the SPH, students must have successfully completed the following:
- Biostatistics: SPH BS 704 (3 credits); CAS MA 115 and 116; or CAS MA 213 and 214; or CAS MA 684. Students who successfully completed SPH BS 701 or SPH BS 703 between Fall 2011 and Fall 2012 will have met this requirement. Students who take SPH BS 701, 703, or 704 to complete the biostatistics requirement must earn at least a B–. Students who take both CAS MA 115 and CAS MA 116; both CAS MA 213 and CAS MA 214; or CAS MA 684 to meet the requirement must earn at least a B in these courses. However, credit received for CAS statistics courses does not count toward the minimum total of 48 credits of SPH coursework required for graduation with the MPH; these courses count only as waiver of the biostatistics core course requirement.
- Epidemiology: SPH EP 713 (3 credits) or SAR HS 300. Students who take SPH EP 713 to complete the epidemiology requirement must earn at least a B– in SPH EP 713. Students who take HS 300 to complete the epidemiology requirement must earn at least a B in SAR HS 300. However, credit received for SAR HS 300 does not count toward the minimum total of 48 credits of SPH coursework required for graduation with the MPH; this course counts only as waiver of the epidemiology core course requirement.
- Either SPH LW 740 or the MPH Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights core course requirement (SPH LW 719 or SPH LW 751). Students who successfully completed SPH LW 707 between Fall 2011 and Fall 2012 will have met the MPH core course requirement. Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights concentrators must take SPH LW 751 to meet the MPH core course requirement. Students who take LW 740 as an undergraduate to meet this requirement must also satisfy the MPH Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights core course requirement with LW 719 or LW 751 as appropriate after they complete the bachelor’s degree and transition to SPH.
Students are required to meet with the Director of Undergraduate Education and/or with a staff member in the Registrar’s office at the School of Public Health shortly after being accepted into the dual degree program in order to plan their public health courses. Proactive planning is essential for timely completion of all MPH requirements. The tentative schedule of courses should then be reviewed with the student’s advisor at Sargent College.
The six core courses required of all MPH candidates provide a broad exposure to the field of public health, and it is strongly recommended that students focus on MPH core courses during the undergraduate years. However, there may be variation in schedules due to course sequencing.
Waiving MPH Core Course Requirements
Students may complete the following undergraduate courses to waive particular MPH core course requirements. Note that courses that waived MPH requirements do not count towards the minimum 48-graduate-credit requirement for the MPH. Students will need to take additional coursework that will provide them with greater depth or breadth to meet the minimum 48-credit requirement.
- Students who attain a grade of B or higher in both CAS MA 115 AND CAS MA 116; CAS MA 213 AND CAS MA214; or CAS MA 684 will have fulfilled the MPH Biostatistics requirement.
- Students who attain a grade of B or higher in SAR HP 353 will have fulfilled the MPH Health Policy and Management core course requirement.
- Students who attain a grade of B or higher in SAR HS 300 will have fulfilled the MPH Epidemiology core course requirement.
Application & Admission
The program is available to Sargent students who are majoring in any of the undergraduate concentrations except for the combined BS/MSOT, AT/DPT, and BS/DPT professional degree programs.
Students may apply for admission to the MPH program in the second semester of their sophomore year (April 1 deadline) or the first semester of their junior year (October 15 deadline).
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2.
There will be no graduate course prerequisites for entering students. GRE test results will not be required as part of the application.
The application to the BS/MPH program consists of:
- a completed Sargent College BS/MPH Application Approval Form, signed by the Sargent College BS/MPH faculty advisor, submitted to the Admissions Office at the School of Public Health
- a SOPHAS application to Boston University School of Public Health
- an official Boston University undergraduate transcript, submitted at the end of the semester in which you apply
- three letters of reference, including at least two from faculty members at Boston University specifically addressing the student’s capacity to do graduate-level work
Accepted students will be conditionally admitted to the MPH program. Students in the program must maintain the GPA and other degree requirements for their BS concentration at Sargent College. They will be expected to achieve a grade of B– or better in all SPH courses, taken as an undergraduate, and a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 in all SPH courses. Students who meet this standard will automatically matriculate into the MPH program. Students who do not meet the standard will be considered for full matriculation on a case-by-case basis.
Checklist for Dual Degree Students
- Meet with Sargent faculty in the fall of sophomore year to discuss application to BS/MPH program
- Complete required Sargent College BS/MPH Application Approval Form, have the form signed by the Sargent College BS/MPH faculty advisor, and submit form to the Admissions Office at the School of Public Health
- Submit completed application through SOPHAS services by April 1 of sophomore year or October 15 of junior year
- Request an official BU transcript be sent to the SPH Admissions Office at end of semester in which application made
- If accepted, “un-declare” public health minor (if applicable)
- If accepted, schedule a meeting with the SPH Registrar’s office or Director of Undergraduate Education
For more information about the Boston University School of Public Health, visit the SPH website; or contact Sophie Godley, Director of Undergraduate Education at the School of Public Health, at firstname.lastname@example.org.