PHS Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Public Health Sciences administers two undergraduate programs: the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) and the Public Health Sciences minor.

Public health is the science and art of promoting health, preventing disease and injury, and prolonging life through organized efforts of society. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) coursework provides students with a solid foundation in the core disciplines of public health (health behavior, epidemiology, administration, environmental health, and biostatistics), and the internship and capstone experiences allow students to integrate and demonstrate their knowledge and analytical skills in research and practice settings.
 
The Minor in Public Health  was created to support students (a) interested in health-related careers or (b) seeking a health dimension within other career choices. The interdisciplinary health studies minor extends students' working knowledge of health applications, better preparing them to be competitive in the job market and to make advanced degree choices. National health priorities in the first decade of the 21st century emphasize interdisciplinary training. As students develop specific healthcare competencies, undergraduate interdisciplinary experiences provide students better flexibility in working across disciplines as well as within their own major.
 

Early-entry into the MPH (Master in Public Health) program

Exceptional BSPH students (or those pursuing a related baccalaureate degree concurrent with the Public Health minor) selected for the early-entry program begin graduate coursework in their senior year.  The MPH Early-Entry program is accelerated; that is, up to twelve credit hours may be taken at the graduate level and double counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Students may leave the program with their baccalaureate degree, or they may complete the remaining coursework required to earn the MPH. Students pursuing the early entry option can reduce the time needed to earn both degrees by one semester.

Early entry admissions requirements

Applicants to the MPH Early-Entry program must: 1) have junior standing at the time of application (and have completed at least 75 hours by the proposed entry semester); 2) be enrolled in the BSPH (upper division) major OR enrolled in a related major and the public health minor; and 3) have at least a 3.20 overall GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA from at least 12 hours in the Department of Public Health Sciences (HLTH) by the end of the fall semester prior to starting the early-entry program.  Early-entrance applicants submit a full graduate application, including scores of the Graduate Record Examination.

Accepted early-entry students have provisional graduate admission pending the award of the baccalaureate degree and must complete their undergraduate degree requirements by the time they have completed 15 hours of graduate work.

Interested students should consult with the MSPH Program Coordinator about their eligibility for this program.

Early-entry into the MHA (Master of Health Administration) program

Exceptional BSPH students (or those pursuing a related baccalaureate degree concurrent with the Public Health minor) selected for the early-entry program begin graduate coursework in their senior year.  The MHA Early-Entry program is accelerated; that is, up to twelve credit hours may be taken at the graduate level and double counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Students may leave the program with their baccalaureate degree, or they may complete the remaining coursework required to earn the MHA. Students pursuing the early entry option can reduce the time needed to earn both degrees by one to two semesters.

Early entry admissions requirements

Applicants to the MHA Early-Entry program must: 1) have junior standing at the time of application (and have completed at least 75 hours by the proposed entry semester); 2) be enrolled in the BSPH (upper division) major OR enrolled in a related major and the public health minor; and 3) have at least a 3.20 overall GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA from at least 12 hours in the Department of Public Health Sciences (HLTH) by the end of the fall semester prior to starting the early-entry program.  Early-entrance applicants submit a full graduate application, including scores of the Graduate Record Examination.

Accepted early-entry students have provisional graduate admission pending the award of the baccalaureate degree and must complete their undergraduate degree requirements by the time they have completed 15 hours of graduate work.

Interested students should consult with the MHA Program Coordinator about their eligibility for this program.