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BS/MPH

Program Overview

Undergraduate Health Science majors in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences who are 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

Curriculum

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. All BS/MPH graduates will fulfill the same competencies that guide the MPH program.

Final Undergraduate Year*

Fall Semester    Take 2 MPH core courses   
Spring Semester    Take 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.

Admissions

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

Eligible:    Bouvé Health Science majors only*   
Deadline to apply:    3/1   
Decision notification:    4/1   

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

* Students that were conditionally accepted into the BS/MPH Program upon freshman matriculation do not need to formally apply via the process outlined here, but instead, they must fill out a Letter of Intent form (see button below) by December 1 of their Junior year to confirm their interest in pursuing the dual degree. Provided they earn a minimum overall 3.5 GPA in that semester and have completed a health-related co-op, they will be issued a formal letter of acceptance by the MPH Program, which must be signed and returned to the Bouvé Graduate Office.**

Letter of Intent Form

BS/MPH Letter of Intent Form

To be completed ONLY by Health Science majors who were offered conditional acceptance into the BS/MPH Program upon freshman matriculation to Northeastern.
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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.

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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.

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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)
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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?
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Interview

Interview

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

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Student Experiences

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

Ama Donkor

Before starting college I knew I was very interested in health care and social justice. I started my undergraduate career at Northeastern undeclared and declared a Health Science major after taking “Community and Public Health”. The course took two of my interests and really brought them to life for me. I learned more about how social inequalities can affect a community’s health outcomes and also learned methods that address health care improvement on a community level. After completing a co-op at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement I knew I wanted to pursue a masters public health and learned more about the BS/MPH Program here at Northeastern. The Masters of Public Health program is not only highly developed but provides support both inside and out of the classroom. The professors and advisors are accessible and the program connects us to many resources.

The BS/MPH Program has provided me with the support and tools to continue to focus on health care and social justice throughout my career. I intend on using my degrees to positively impact community health outcomes.

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Ama Donkor
BS/MPH class of 2018

Lindsay Fisher

I entered Northeastern my freshman year with the singular intention of one day going to medical school. While this remains my goal today, the integrated health sciences curriculum has entirely changed my view on what is means to be a competent clinician in the healthcare field, and that is why I ultimately chose the BS/MPH program. Treating patients goes far beyond having an in-depth understanding of the human body on a biological and chemical level; in fact, I’ve slowly realized that it even goes beyond the individual as a whole. The health of a patient is tied to a complex set of social, environmental, and societal determinants, and exploring the relationship between these factors and health outcomes has inspired me to expand my public health foundation. From courses in health advocacy, policy, research, and assessment, to completion of a community-based Practicum and Capstone Project, I’m confident that this program will prepare me to tackle a variety of health issues impacting both individuals and communities. I truly believe all clinicians should be required to have a background in public health, and I can’t wait to utilize the skills I’ve learned to address the disparities that are preventing our society from achieving health equity.
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Lindsay Fisher
BS/MPH class of 2018

Felicia Simmons

Coming in as a freshman, I was not sure what career I wanted to pursue. All I knew was that I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to improve upon the health outcomes of the people in my community. After taking the course Community and Public Health my sophomore year, my appreciation for public health grew and I realized that this field was going to be the right fit for me. As the MPH program at Northeastern is concentrated on Urban Health, which aligns with my background and interest, the BS/MPH program proved to be a perfect match for me. By entering into the BS/MPH program, my senior year at Northeastern became my favorite year. It was the first time during my time at Northeastern where all my classes were public health related and although challenging, I loved every minute of it. Through this program I have been able to collaborate with even more faculty and peers than ever before. Once I receive my MPH I hope to use all the knowledge I acquire from the program to improve upon the health of Boston residents and develop health programing for youth around the city.
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Felicia Simmons
BS/MPH class of 2018

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.

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Aaron Yagoda
BS/MPH class of 2018

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 the 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, these credits would not count toward your MPH degree, only your BS.

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.

I was offered conditional acceptance to the BS/MPH Program as a freshman, but I do not meet the requirements for automatic entry. What are my options?

If you were offered conditional acceptance into the BS/MPH Program as a freshman, but as a junior you either do not have a 3.5 GPA or did not take a health-related co-op, you can still apply to the dual degree program via the admissions process outlined above for all health sciences majors.

Contact Information

We welcome any questions you might have about the BS/MPH program. Please feel free to send general program inquiries and admissions-related questions to mph@northeastern.edu.

Neil Maniar

Neil Maniar, PhD, MPH
MPH Program Director

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Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health

The MPH Program in Urban Health CEPH Accreditation Self Study Document and CEPH Accreditation Final Report are available upon request from the Program Manager, Alison Gillis, at a.gillis@northeastern.edu.

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