|Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health|
The BS-MPH dual degree program is a 5 year program offered jointly by Boston University's College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences-Sargent and the Boston University School of Public Health. This dual degree program enables qualified students the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the specified concentrations at Sargent College and the Master of Public Health degree in any one of the concentrations at the School of Public Health. Up to sixteen credits of graduate level BUSPH course work are 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 requirement (128+credits) at Sargent College the Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded. At the end of the 5th year (32+ additional credits of SPH coursework) the Master's in Public Health degree will be awarded.
This program seeks to enroll outstanding undergraduates who will be fully capable of successfully completing their undergraduate degree requirements while beginning a master's degree. The selection process is rigorous and designed to identify students capable of excelling in a dual undergraduate/ graduate course of study. The BS/MPH program is available to Sargent students, except those majoring in the combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy degree programs. The BS/MPH program requires a minimum of five years of full time study - four years to acquire a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the specified concentrations at Sargent College, and a minimum of one year for the Master of Public Health degree in any concentration at the School of Public Health.
All BS/MPH degree candidates must complete a minimum of 48 graduate level credits i.e., SPH courses numbered 700 or above, to earn the Master of Public Health degree, and they must complete all other requirements for the MPH. During their undergraduate years, BS/MPH students may enroll in any School of Public Health courses for which they satisfy pre-requisite requirements. However, a maximum of sixteen credits of graduate level BUSPH coursework may be applied jointly towards the two degrees. [Note: Once students matriculate in the School of Public Health they may choose to complete the degree requirements on a part-time basis which will increase the duration of their studies.
At the completion of the BS degree requirement (128 credits) at Sargent College, the Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded, and BS/MPH students' primary school of registration will change to the School of Public Health. BS/MPH students must meet all remaining concentration, core, and degree requirements for the Master of Public Health. Depending upon course sequencing and availability, students will be full time students at the School of Public for a minimum of two semesters and until they complete the 48 credits required for the Master of Public Health degree.
Admission to the BS/MPH Program
Students in the second semester of their sophomore year or first semester of their junior year are eligible to apply to the BS/MPH program, though they may enroll in courses at SPH prior to applying. Sargent sophomores and juniors who wish to apply to the BS/MPH program must first complete the Sargent College BS/MPH Application Approval form and meet with the Sargent College BS/MPH faculty advisor before initiating an application to the School of Public Health in SOPHAS, the centralized application service for the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2, and successful applicants will generally have a GPA above 3.5.
Application Deadlines and Decision Dates
Application to the BS/MPH program will consist of:
Students who are accepted into the BS/MPH program must send a written confirmation of their intention to join the BS/MPH program to the Office of Admissions at the School of Public Health within ten business days of receiving an offer of admission. Mutually accepted students in the BS/MPH program who have declared the public health minor at Sargent must undeclare the minor.
Students who are not accepted into the BS/MPH program may apply for entrance to the MPH program during their senior year. At that time, they may meet with the Sargent Student Records staff and SPH Registrar's Office staff to determine which SPH classes they completed may count towards the MPH degree if they are accepted to the SPH.
Requirements and review prior to matriculation to the SPH
Students accepted to the BS/MPH are required to meet certain academic standards and undergo further review prior to entering the SPH for their final year of study. BS/MPH students must maintain the GPA graduation requirement and other degree requirements for their particular major at Sargent College. Additionally, they must achieve a grade of B- or better in all SPH courses in which they enroll while undergraduates, and have attained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all SPH courses. Students who achieve less than a B- in any SPH courses will be subject to dismissal from the dual degree program and must petition the SPH Associate Dean for Education and the Associate Dean for Students for permission to remain in the dual degree program. Upon completion of the BS degree, the student's academic record will undergo a review by the SPH Assistant Dean for Admissions and the Assistant Dean for Education, who will make a final determination regarding a full transition to the School of Public Health. This review can be referred to the SPH admissions committee by the Associate Dean for Students.
By the time of graduation from Sargent College and as a condition of entry into the SPH students must have completed the following:
Students are required to meet with the Registrar or Associate Registrar at the School of Public Health shortly after being accepted into the dual degree program in order to plan their public health courses in advance. 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.
Undergraduate Courses That Waive MPH Core Course Requirements
Students may complete the following undergraduate courses to waive particular MPH core course requirements. Students must note that courses that waive MPH requirements DO NOT count towards the minimum 48 graduate credit requirement for the MPH degree. Students will need to take additional coursework that will provide them with greater depth or breadth to meet the minimum 48 credit requirement.
For detailed information and application materials, please contact:
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation: Sargent College
Health Science Program
Department of Health Sciences
635 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 405