In 2019, the School of Public Health launched the BS-MPH/MHA Accelerated Program.

This program allows select students from any of our four BS degree programs (Family Science, Community Health, Kinesiology and Public Health Science) to count 12 credits* of our MPH and MHA core course curriculum at the undergraduate level and enter any of our nine MPH concentrations (including the MHA degree). Admitted students have the opportunity to complete their BS/MPH (or BS/MHA) more efficiently at a reduced cost.

Entry into the BS-MPH program is not guaranteed, even for qualified students, as the number of seats available is limited. 

 

Applications for the FY2021/22 school year will begin on December 7, 2020

 

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

Information Sessions (Q & A format) will be held via zoom:

December: 9th(3-4p); 10th (10-11a); January 26th (4-5p) and January 28th (10-11a)

For general questions and advisement related to the program and how it coordinates with the undergraduate curriculum, please contact Dr. Sylvette La Touche-Howard.

Application Criteria:

Students may apply for the program in their junior year.

Students must be majors in one of the four SPH BS degree programs (Family Science, Community Health, Kinesiology, and Public Health Science) with an overall minimum CGPA of 3.5. Students must have completed a majority of their undergraduate degree requirements and prove a record of strong academic progress and experience within the degree program. Students with these qualifications are invited to submit a statement of purpose essay, two letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional), a resume, a recent unofficial copy of their UMCP transcript and a BS/MPH degree plan developed in collaboration with our advising staff.

Application Materials: 

In addition to the application, the following items are required: 

  • A statement of purpose essay
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • The most recent unofficial copy of your UMCP transcript
  • An approved program plan from your Undergraduate Advisor
  • A resumé

Application Process:

Applying for the Accelerated Program is a Two-Part Process, once the application period has been launched

Step 1: Students will complete an Initial Interest Application

Step 2: Students will then be "enrolled" in a Canvas Course designed for all applicants to retrieve and upload their application documents.

Want to know more about this rewarding program? Click here to see our Viewbook.

*Further Information about the 12 Credits that "double count".

 

Students admitted to the BS/MPH will enroll in the following 12 credits of MPH coursework in the final year of their BS program:

 

SPHL601 – Core Concepts in Public Health (1 cr.; Fall semester)

SPHL602 – Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (4 cr.; Fall semester)

SPHL603 – Public Health Data Laboratory (1 cr.; Fall semester)

SPHL610 – Program and Policy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation (5 cr.; Spring semester)

SPHL611 – Public Health Ethics (1 cr.; Spring semester)

 

These 12 credits of MPH coursework will double count with the following requirements in each of the BS degrees:

 

FMSC BS: The 12 SPHL6** credits will double count with general elective credits (“free” electives) rather

than major requirements.

HLTH BS: The 12 SPHL6** credits will double count with 6 general elective credits and 6 HLTH degree-specific

options credits. Students would reduce their required 12 cr. internship (HLTH491) to 9 cr. and add one

additional HLTH option course to accommodate the 6 graduate credits with the internship requirement in the

final semester of their Senior year.

KNES BS: The 12 SPHL6** credits will double count with general elective credits rather than major

requirements.

PHSC BS: The 12 SPHL6** credits will double count with general elective credits rather than major

requirements.

For general questions and advisement related to the program and how it coordinates with the undergraduate curriculum, please contact Dr. Sylvette La Touche-Howard.