MS in Genetic Counseling/Master of Public Health (MS/MPH)

Graduate Medical Sciences and the School of Public Health offer a dual degree that is based in genetic counseling and public health. Students must apply and be accepted to both the MS in Genetic Counseling program and the MPH program. The MS and MPH degrees do not need to be awarded simultaneously.

Learning Outcomes

MPH Requirements for Genetic Counseling/MPH Candidates

The MPH is a 48-credit degree. Genetic Counseling/MPH students must complete a minimum of 40 SPH credits, and 8 credits are completed at GMS in Genetic Counseling. All SPH courses counted to the MPH portion of the Genetic Counseling/MPH must be numbered SPH XX 700 and above. 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.

Foundations of Public Health

  • SPH PH 700 Foundations of Public Health (0 cr) 

SPH Core Courses

  • SPH PH 717 Quantitative Core (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 718 Leadership and Management (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 719 Health Systems, Law, and Policy (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 720 Individual, Community, and Population Health (4 cr)

MPH Certificate & Elective Coursework

Students select and complete one functional area certificate as their interdisciplinary, professional skills base (16 credits), and have the option to take a context certificate (focused on key populations or areas of interest in public health, 12 credits) or elective courses to fulfill SPH coursework requirements. A maximum of 4 credits may be shared between a functional certificate and a context certificate.

Functional Certificates—16 credits

  • Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Health Communications and Promotion
  • Healthcare Management (CAHME)—28 credits
  • Health Policy and Law
  • Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation
  • Program Management

Context Certificates—12 credits

  • Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
  • Pharmaceutical Development, Delivery, and Access

 Students follow the SPH grading policy for their MPH courses.

Professional Development and Practical Experience

  • SPH PH 746 Career PREP (0 cr)
  • SPH PH 976 Practicum (240 hours, 0 cr)
  • SPH PH 985 Required Integrated Learning Experience (0 cr)

The following Graduate Medical Sciences courses have been approved to meet MPH electives required for students enrolled in the Genetic Counseling/MPH dual degree program. Genetic Counseling/MPH students must complete 8 credits of coursework from this list when completing the genetic counseling portion of their degree. These courses cannot be counted toward certificate requirements or core course requirements for the MPH degree.

  • GMS GC 600 Genetic Diagnosis and Laboratory Methods (3 cr)
  • GMS GC 602 Clinical Genetics (3 cr)
  • GMS GC 603 Embryology, Teratology, and Prenatal Genetics (3 cr)
  • GMS GC 604 Cancer Genetic Counseling (3 cr)
  • GMS GC 605 Clinical Applications in Human Genetics (4 cr)
  • GMS GC 606 Genetic Counseling Seminar (2 cr)
  • GMS GC 608 Fundamentals of Counseling in Genetics (3 cr)
  • GMS GC 704 Genetic Counseling Fieldwork IV (2 cr)
  • GMS GC 712 Metabolic Genetics/Advanced Risk Assessment (3 cr)
  • GMS GC 713 Genetic Counseling Research Methods (3 cr)
  • GMS GC 714 Advanced Topics in Medical Genetics (3 cr)
  • GMS GC 716 Social, Cultural, and Ethical Issues in Genetics (3 cr)