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BS in Health Science and a Master of Public Health in Urban Health (BS/MPH)

BS/MPH

Apply to the BS/MPH Program.

The Department of Health Sciences offers a combined undergraduate BS in Health Science and a Master of Public Health in Urban Health. This program allows up to 5 students each year to complete both degrees in a shorter amount of time than it would take to do each program separately.

Curriculum

Students in the combined degree program will meet the core curriculum requirements for a BS and an MPH degree. Fifteen credits of the MPH degree are taken during the final undergraduate year in order to decrease tuition costs and duration of study. The program may be completed in three ways:

  • Five years; no co-op
  • Five years; 1 co-op
  • Six years; 2 co-ops

Sample Schedule

Sample Curriculum Plans

Five Years | No Co-op
  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH1260 The American Health Care System
    • HSCI1000 College: An Introduction
    • BIOU111/2 General Biology 1 with Lab
    • MATH1241 Calculus
    • CHEM1211/2/3 General Chemistry 1 with lab

    19 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PSYC1101 Foundations of Psychology
    • BIOL1113/4 General Biology 2 with Lab
    • ENGL1111 College Writing
    • CHEM 1214/5/6 General Chemistry 2 with lab

    18 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH2350 Community & Public Health
    • BIOU117/8 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology 1 with Lab
    • MATH2280 Statistics and Software
    • Elective
    • HSCI2000 Professional Development for Co-op

    18 credits

  • Spring Semester

    • HLTH1200/1 Basic Clinical Skills / Lab
    • BIOL1119/20 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology 2 with Lab
    • HSCI1105 Nutrition
    • Elective

    16 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • PHIL1165 Moral Problems in Health Care
    • HLTH5450 Health Care Research
    • Elective
    • Elective

    16 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • COMM3201 Health Communication
    • ENGL3306 Advanced Writing for the Health Professions
    • Elective
    • Elective

    16 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH5212 Public Health Administration and Policy (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH6204 Society, Behavior and Health (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH5200 Principles and HX of Urban Health (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH5540 Health Education and Program Planning

    13 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PHTH5120 Race, Ethnicity, and Health (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH5210 Biostatistics (MPH Grad Course)
    • Undergrad Elective
    • HSCI4710 Health Sciences Capstone Project

    14 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • PHTH Elective (MPH Grad Course)
  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH5202 Epidemiology (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH Elective (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH Elective (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH Practicum (MPH Grad Course)

    12 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PHTH5214 Environmental Health (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH6901-2 Capstone (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH6208 Urban Health Assessment (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH Elective (MPH Grad Course)

    12 Credits

Total in BS-MPH Combined Program = 129 + 42 = 171

Six Years | Two Co-op Plan
  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH1260 The American Health Care System
    • HSCI1000 College: An Introduction
    • BIOU111/2 General Biology 1 with Lab
    • MATH1241 Calculus
    • CHEM1211/2/3 General Chemistry 1 with lab

    19 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PSYC1101 Foundations of Psychology
    • BIOL1113/4 General Biology 2 with Lab
    • ENGL1111 College Writing
    • CHEM 1214/5/6 General Chemistry 2 with lab

    18 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH2350 Community & Public Health
    • BIOU117/8 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology 1 with Lab
    • MATH2280 Statistics and Software
    • Elective
    • HSCI2000 Professional Development for Co-op

    18 credits

  • Spring Semester

    • HLTH1200/1 Basic Clinical Skills / Lab
    • BIOL1119/20 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology 2 with Lab
    • HSCI1105 Nutrition
    • Elective

    16 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • Co-op
  • Fall Semester

    • Co-op
  • Spring Semester

    • COMM3201 Health Communication
    • ENGL3306 Advanced Writing for the Health Professions
    • Elective
    • Elective

    16 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • PHLU165 Moral Problems in Health Care
    • BHSU450 Health Care Research
    • Elective
    • Elective

    16 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Co-op
  • Summer Semester

    • Co-op
  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH5212 Public Health Administration and Policy (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH6204 Society, Behavior and Health (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH5200 Principles and HX of Urban Health (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH5540 Health Education and Program Planning

    13 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PHTH5120 Race, Ethnicity, and Health (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH5210 Biostatistics (MPH Grad Course)
    • Undergrad Elective
    • HSCI4710 Health Sciences Capstone Project

    14 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • PHTH Elective (MPH Grad Course)
  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH5202 Epidemiology (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH Elective (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH Elective (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH Practicum (MPH Grad Course)

    12 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PHTH5214 Environmental Health (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH6901-2 Capstone (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH6208 Urban Health Assessment (MPH Grad Course)
    • PHTH Elective (MPH Grad Course)

    12 Credits

Total in BS-MPH Combined Program = 129 + 42 = 171

Admission and Application

Interested students should work with their undergraduate academic advisor early in their academic career to discuss the program. Students will apply in the spring of their Junior year. The application deadline is March 15th and admission decisions are made by May 1st. Applicants will be considered by the MPH Admissions Committee, which also reviews regular MPH applications.

Requirements to be considered for admission include:

  1. Official Northeastern University transcript
  2. Three letters of recommendation including:
    • A faculty member in a public health related discipline
    • A second academic faculty member
    • A professional reference from a public health experience (co-op, internship, volunteer, other work experience)
  3. Personal goal statement addressing:
    • What are your current public health related career goals?
    • How will a Master of Public Health degree in Urban Health help you attain your career goals?
  4. An in-person interview
Contact Info

Shan Mohammed MD, MPH
312 Robinson Hall
Tel: (617) 373-7729
s.mohammed@neu.edu

Student Profiles

Caitlin, 2011 BS/MPH Graduate

What made you decide to apply to the program?
The combined program offered a unique opportunity to earn an advanced degree in a familiar setting in a shorter period of time. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to end up in the health field. After learning about how versatile a master in public health can be and how many doors it can open, I knew the program would be a great fit for me.

What was the best thing about the combined BS/MPH program?
The best part of the BS/MPH program was how well they fit together. It was not a difficult transition. Also, as a graduate, I cannot express how useful the knowledge I gained through this program has become. I use the theories, techniques, and strategies I learned in this program daily in my position as a coordinator for a community substance abuse prevention coalition.

What made you decide to apply to the program?
At some point during my undergraduate career, it became very clear that many of our country’s health issues had more to do with both personal behaviors and social environments that traditional medicine did not treat. After taking an undergraduate course in Community & Public Health, I found my mind travelling back to the concepts we discussed. Feeling compelled to do something about improving health, I began to observe my surroundings differently – critically thinking about the limitations one’s environment placed on decision-making and seeing how poor choices manifested into disease. I wanted to explore this relationship further and deepen my understanding of preventing disease and promoting health through feasible means. Public Health was the answer.

Once the combined BS/MPH program was announced, I immediately knew that it would provide me with the expanded knowledge and skills I was looking for. I gained a better grasp on the fundamentals of Health Policy, Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Health, and Environmental Health, to name a few, that have helped me design health-based interventions for some of Boston’s youth.

What was the best thing about the combined BS/MPH program?
For me, the combined program seemed like a natural extension to my undergraduate courses. Taking graduate level courses during my senior year kept my intellectual momentum going so that the transition back into the classroom for the last year of the MPH program was second nature. Also, after living in Boston for 5 years, the program’s special focus on Urban Health was relevant to my surroundings, which served as a reflecting point for class discussion and application.

Jeannine, 2011 BS/MPH Graduate

Spencer, 2012 BS/MPH Graduate

What made you decide to apply to the program?
I decided to apply to the BS/MPH program at the end of my second year of the health science program. At the time, I was pre-med but became gradually exposed to the idea of public health. It was when I realized through the help of my professors that as a Master of Public Health I would be able to improve the lives of entire populations that I decided to apply to the program. As a health policy professional, I am able to spend each day writing legislation which affects the health of all Americans whereas if I were a doctor I might be able to see fifteen patients in a day.

What was the best thing about the combined BS/MPH program?
The BS/MPH degree is a tremendous opportunity to obtain a two year degree in just one extra year. I was able to graduate in five years with my master’s degree while most of my friends at Northeastern obtained a bachelor’s degree in the same amount of time. You will feel incredibly accomplished having such a valuable post-graduate degree at a young age and most importantly the MPH makes you very marketable to potential employers.

What made you decide to apply to the program?
I decided to apply to the program when I knew I wanted to learn more about public health as an undergrad. I was interested in a program on urban health and also completing the program faster. I also knew we had several professors who are prominent in the field of public health and wanted to learn from them.

What was the best thing about the combined BS/MPH program?
For me, the best thing about the combined program was that I was able to start grad classes sooner. I knew I wanted to study public health and I was ready for more challenging classes, so the combined program allowed me to get started faster than if I had to apply after I graduated undergrad first.

Emma, 2012 BS/MPH Graduate

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