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


Program Overview

Undergraduate Health Science majors enrolled in the joint BS/MPH Program have the opportunity to take graduate courses in the MPH program during their final undergraduate year. These courses count toward both their BS and their MPH, allowing these students to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time than it would to earn them separately.

Earn two degrees at once

Hone your public health interests

Begin your career sooner


Students enrolled in the joint program take classes that meet the curriculum requirements for both a BS and MPH. BS/MPH students work with undergraduate and graduate advisors to design a flexible program of study that enables them to use their undergraduate electives strategically to begin graduate coursework.

Final Undergraduate Year*

Fall Semester Take 2 or 3 MPH core courses
Spring Semester Take 2 or 3 MPH core courses
May Graduate with BS
Summer Semester Officially matriculate into MPH Program
  • Go full time (earn MPH in one year)
  • Go part-time (earn MPH in two years)

*A maximum of 5 MPH core courses can be taken during this year. Please see the MPH Program page for curriculum details.


Interested students should plan to apply during the Spring semester of their Junior year.

Eligible: Health Science majors only
Deadline to apply: 3/15
Decision notification: 5/1

Please note that BS/MPH applicants should apply via Northeastern’s Apply Yourself system, not the SOPHAS application portal.

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Admissions Checklist

Click each required application item for more information.

Completed application

Completed application via Northeastern’s “Apply Yourself”

All applications must be submitted through Northeastern’s “Apply Yourself” application system. The $75 application fee is waived for current Northeastern students. Select BS/MPH for your program.

Official transcripts

Official transcripts

Applicants must send official copies of their current transcripts to the Bouve Graduate Office to be added to their applications. Information for sending transcripts can be found on the Bouve Graduate Application website.

3 letters of recommendation

3 letters of recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from the following:
  • A faculty member in a public health-related discipline
  • A second academic faculty member
  • A professional reference from a public health experience (coop, internship, volunteer, other work experience)
Personal statement

Personal statement

Applicants must submit a personal goal statement that answers the following questions:
  • What are your current public health-related career goals?
  • How will a master’s degree in public health (specifically urban health) help you attain your career goals?


Applicants will be scheduled for interviews once their completed applications are submitted.


Student Experiences

Click on each student’s photo to read about their experiences in the BS/MPH program.

Kate Barral

I applied to the BS/MPH program because a career in social impact always had my attention through my studies, especially towards the end of high school, when the decision to choose a field of study in college became quite necessary. But to what kind of social impact I figured out during my studies at Northeastern. I studied Health Sciences in my time as an undergrad at Northeastern because I was drawn to a career in improving the health of others, but it wasn’t until my second year that I had a clearer actualization of that field. Stepping into the course “Community and Public Health”, I found the material exactly what I believed I could build my future around, incorporating the concepts of improving the wellbeing of a community on a physical, mental, and emotional level. At the same time I was also drawn to a career that I could travel and experience improving the health of proportionally more disadvantaged populations in a global context, which I found that I could apply the concepts of my urban public health degree to that in other cities around the world.

Near the end of my undergraduate studies, I discovered that Northeastern not only has a well developed and highly regarded MPH program, but that they offer a program for Bachelor’s of Health Sciences students to matriculate directly into graduate studies their senior year and complete the graduate degree in just one extra year after graduation, instead of two. To me, this was a great strategy to pursue a graduate degree that spoke to my aspirations as well as a smart way of saving time and money. I chose to apply to Northeastern University’s Masters of Public Health program not only because it was a wise and advantageous decision for me, but also because of the diversity of courses offered, challenging curricula, the high caliber of professors and advisors, and abundance of career opportunities.

Through my studies at Northeastern I plan on finishing my graduate degree this summer, after which I look forward to taking my education and using it around the world.


Kate Barral
BS/MPH class of 2016

Stephanie Santana

The BS/MPH program was one of the main reasons I chose to attend Northeastern. I entered my freshman year knowing I wanted to either pursue public health as a career or be able to utilize the public health “tool-box” in a clinical career. As I took more public health courses as well as interned for various public health organizations, I began to realize how an extensive knowledge of public health is necessary for any potential career. The dual degree program provides me with the opportunity to hone in on the areas of public health that are most interesting to me in an environment I already know so well. The MPH program is a natural extension of my undergraduate curriculum as well as a significant motivator for me to think critically about public health and its many applications. I feel very accomplished to be completing both my undergraduate degree and master’s degree in five years as most of my peers are taking the same amount of time to complete their undergraduate degree alone. The BS/MPH coursework and community-based experiences have made me a well-rounded individual as well as marketable professional.

Stephanie Santana
BS/MPH class of 2017

John Sirisuth

The BS/MPH program was particularly attractive to me because of the experiential opportunities in both service and research that were seamlessly integrated with my undergraduate coursework. Being a part of this program has opened doors that have fed my intellectual, personal, and professional curiosities at the levels of urban and global public health. Not only that, but also the ability to work alongside some of the best professionals across a range of disciplines in Boston has, without a doubt, provided me with the clarity and momentum to move forward in the public health sphere.

John Sirisuth
BS/MPH class of 2017

Tom Wickham

I have always been interested in medicine and improving a patient’s quality of life. In my science courses, I reviewed biologic contributors to illnesses, but as a Health Science student, I also studied the impacts that various environmental, social, and economic factors have on health. I was fascinated by these issues and soon discovered the field of Public Health. Through my undergraduate coursework, I became engrossed with how a diverse population in an urban setting is comprised of individuals who face an array of obstacles to receiving quality care. These individuals are also affected differently by various factors associated with city life. As an aspiring physician, I believe it is important for healthcare providers to acknowledge these contributing factors and understand their patient’s background. It is imperative to address the health concerns of patients, but it is equally important to understand the environment in which they live. Becoming sensitive to these issues and reaching out to communities may lead to more efficient patient care and improve population health. The combined BS/MPH program at Northeastern University allowed me to advance my skills from undergraduate that continue to improve my work in the clinic and in research. I am confident this education will make me a more compassionate and holistic clinician in the future.

Tom Wickham
BS/MPH class of 2016

Aaron Yagoda

When first arriving to Boston, I had never heard the term public health and solely focused on clinical medicine. It was not until the American Healthcare System and Community and Public Health courses that I knew I wanted to pursue further education in Public Health. Through wonderful mentorship from numerous faculty members in the Bouvé College, I became drawn to the incredible work being done at the community level right here in Boston. I also had frequent exposure to various public health opportunities outside of the classroom. My time with Peer Health Exchange spurred my interest in health education, motivating me to explore effective education to impact healthy behavior and catalyzing my passion for advocacy and reform. My internship at the Boston Public Health Commission gave me a remarkable glimpse into policy development and research, demonstrating the large impact of legislative changes. As a patient advocate with Health Leads, I watched the social determinants of health I had learned about in the classroom come to life, and I saw first-hand the drastic influence they have on a person’s health. These experiences drew me to the BS/MPH program at Northeastern.

I soon realized a Master of Public Health would be a remarkable bridge to a clinical career in the future. A patient’s health ties back to the health of their community, and utilizing public health will help me more effectively treat patients, ultimately preventing illness and disease entirely. In the BS/MPH program, I am able to pursue my interests in public health, while saving time to attend further clinical training. I was really drawn to the small program size, individualized attention to their students, course flexibility, and focus on team-based learning. However, my primary attention to the program is based from its focus on urban health. I am fascinated with the issues faced by urban communities, specifically poverty, social justice, and racial and ethnic health disparities. I feel that underserved urban communities can be incredible areas of growth and opportunity for those in need, especially with the right public heath interventions and systematic changes. The BS/MPH program will allow me to obtain those exact goals. I am so grateful to continue my learning for an additional year at Northeastern.


Aaron Yagoda
BS/MPH class of 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will I save by doing both degrees at once?

It typically takes two years of full-time coursework to earn the stand alone MPH. If you matriculate into the program having already begun your MPH coursework as an undergraduate, you have the ability to earn your MPH within a year if you continue as a full-time student.

How much money will I save by doing both degrees at once?

If you take the five maximum allowed graduate courses as an undergraduate, you save 15 credits worth of graduate tuition. You only have to pay for 27 credits of graduate tuition to earn your MPH (non dual degree students have to pay for 42 credits). For up-to-date information regarding Northeastern University tuition per credit, please refer to the University’s tuition page.

Can I still do coop?

Yes, you would just need to do your coop(s) prior to your final undergraduate year, which is when you begin taking graduate MPH coursework.

At what point in the program am I considered a graduate student?

You are automatically converted to a graduate student in the semester following your undergraduate graduation. Typically, you will be awarded your BS in May and be considered a graduate student after that point in time.

Am I eligible for the merit-based scholarships the MPH Program awards its students?

No, because you are saving 15 credits worth of graduate tuition as a dual degree student, you are not eligible to receive any merit-based scholarships from the MPH Program, including the Double Husky Scholarship.

Do I have to complete the MPH portion of my program within a year?

No, you can take up to five years to complete the MPH portion of your dual degree program.

Once I am a graduate student in MPH Program, do I have to go full-time?

No, you can change your status to a part-time student (taking one or two classes a semester). It would typically take you two years to complete the program.

Can I take more than 5 MPH graduate courses if I have room in my undergraduate schedule?

You can take more than 5 MPH graduate courses while still an undergraduate. However, any number of credits over the permitted 15 credits would not count toward your undergraduate degree. Once you officially matriculate into the graduate MPH program, you would need to arrange to have those credits transferred in. Only a maximum of 9 credits can be transferred and they need to be preapproved by the MPH Program.

Will my MPH be any different than the MPH non dual-degree students get?

No, your MPH will be exactly the same as the one awarded to non dual-degree students.

Contact Information

We welcome any questions you might have about our program. Please feel free to send general program inquiries and admissions-related questions to Dr. Shan Mohammed.

Shan Mohammed MD, MPH

Professor Mohammed is a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. He directs the Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health and oversees the program in areas of educational policy development, curricular design, public health workforce development and recruitment/outreach to public health professionals. The graduate program is committed to addressing a variety of urban health issues through interprofessional engagement. Dr. Mohammed also directs Interprofessional Research, Education and Practice Initiatives for Bouvé College of Health Sciences. He is a board-certified family medicine physician and fellow of the American Association of Family Physicians who has been involved in competency-based curricular design, implementation and evaluation for the past 11 years. He also completed a three year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse” Fellowship worked as a Co-Investigator on a Center for Substance Abuse Prevention funded grant “Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention in African-American Families” which focused on training of primary care providers in community health centers on brief interventions to improve parenting skills and reduce risky adolescent behavior. Before joining Northeastern in 2007, Professor Mohammed served on the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

1988 B.A. Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1997 M.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Cleveland, OH
1993 M.P.H. School of Public Health, Boston University. Boston, MA Dual Concentration: Social & Behavioral Sciences and Health Services

2007 Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
2005 Fundamentals of Management Certificate, Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
2001 Board Certified. American Academy of Family Physicians
1991 “Healthcare Delivery in Developing Countries Certificate” School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, MA


  • Public Health Workforce Development
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Primary Care Delivery

Parenting and prevention of risky substance abuse and sexual behavior among young urban adolescents


  • Community and Public Health
  • Principles and History of Urban Health
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • MPH Capstones (1, 2, 3)

Key Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students (undergraduate and graduate):
Students (undergraduate or graduate) are invited to explore the growing field of interprofessional education which focuses on improving individual and community health outcomes through improved understanding of various health professions, better teamwork skills, enhanced communication across professions, and demonstrating the highest caliber of ethical practice.

Faculty Page


Shan Mohammed MD, MPH
Program Director
312 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.7729

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