Medical Sciences and Public Health (MS/MPH)

The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and the School of Public Health offer a dual degree that is broadly based in preclinical medical sciences and public health.

Students must apply and be accepted to both the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and to the School of Public Health. The acceptances do not have to be concurrent. The most successful pathway is for students to apply for the MPH program after their first semester in the MS program.

Students in the MS/MPH program take core courses in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and the School of Public Health. Taken as separate degree programs, the Master of Public Health requires 48 credits and the Master of Science in Medical Sciences requires 32 credits. The dual MS/MPH, however, is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 64 credits distributed equally between the two schools.

The degrees are simultaneous degrees, meaning the degrees cannot be awarded singly. Students are awarded the degrees during the same graduation period (May, September, or January) and must have successfully completed the requirements of both degrees.

MPH Requirements for MS/MPH Candidates

All MS/MPH students must:

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 32 credits of courses numbered SPH XX 700 or above.
  • Successfully complete all core, concentration, and degree requirements, including the practicum and the culminating experience, for their concentration at the School of Public Health.

MS/MPH students must take all courses they wish to count toward the MPH at the School of Public Health. No courses taken outside of the School of Public Health will count toward the MPH, including courses taken at other Boston University schools and colleges.

The following Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) courses have been approved to meet MPH electives required for students enrolled in the MS/MPH dual degree program. MS/MPH students must complete 16 credits of coursework from this list when completing the GMS portion of their degree. These courses cannot, however, be counted toward concentration requirements or core course requirements for the MPH degree.

  • GMS AN 722 Cellular Organization of Tissues (4 cr)
  • GMS BI 751 Biochemistry and Cell Biology (6 cr)
  • GMS MS 640 Introduction to Biomedical Information (2 cr)
  • GMS PH 730 Physiology A (4 cr)
  • GMS PH 731 Physiology B (4 cr)
  • GMS PM 730 Introduction to Medical Pharmacology (4 cr)