Undergraduate Programs in Public Health

There are multiple options for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a deeper education and career in the field of public health. By taking public health courses, you will develop the skills and foundational knowledge needed to examine the health of local, national, and international populations in your career.

Eligible undergraduate students may use the registration function on the Student Link to enroll in SPH courses according to the University Registrar’s registration timetable. Juniors and seniors may register for SPH 700 level classes as long as they meet course pre-requisites and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Sophomores may enroll in SPH 500-level classes. Freshman may not register in SPH classes.

If you need assistance with course choices, please contact Professor Sophie Godley, sgodley@bu.edu, or a staff member in the SPH Registrar’s Office.

Minor in Public Health

As an undergraduate you may choose to minor in Public Health through the College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College in conjunction with BU School of Public Health. The minor is designed to introduce the interdisciplinary field that addresses environmental, social, and behavioral determinants of health. The minor can be an excellent complement to coursework in other disciplines, and any undergraduate at BU may join the public health minor.

Students must complete a minimum of six (6) courses to fulfill the public health minor requirements. This is achieved by taking four (4) required courses (Introduction to Public Health, a course in Global Health, a course in Epidemiology, and a course in Statistics). The remaining two (2) courses will be selected from the list of public health electives.

To learn more about the requirements of the minor, visit the Bulletin. For additional information about the Minor in Public Health, please contact Eileen O’KeefeClinical Professor of Health Sciences and Director of the Program in Health Sciences at Sargent College.

Degree Programs in Public Health

Bachelor of Arts or Science/Master of Public Health

BU School of Public Health offers two streamlined 5-year (4+1) programs that let you begin the MPH program while completing your bachelor’s degree at BU. Both are rigorous and immersive, providing real-world knowledge and practical skill you can apply immediately outside the classroom. By beginning the program in your junior year of undergraduate studies, you can complete two degrees in a total of five years. For more information, visit:

Quick Links for SPH Courses

Contact Information:

Dr. Sophie Godley
Director of Undergraduate Education
Boston University School of Public Health
Phone: 617-638-5296
Email: sgodley@bu.edu

Registrar’s Office
Boston University School of Public Health
715 Albany Street, Talbot 210 Center
Boston, MA 02118
phone: 617-638-5057 or 617-638-4963
fax: 617-638-5060
Nikki Longe, Registrar