The School of Public Health now offers an accelerated BS/MPH program which 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 (as elective credits) and enter any of our nine MPH concentrations (including the MHA degree). Beginning Fall 2019, admitted students will 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 FY2020/21 school year will begin on November 25, 2019.

Application Deadline: February 14th, 2020, 5pm.

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

  • Information Session 1: Location: School of Public Health, Friedgen Family Lounge;  Date: December 4, 2019; Time: 2-3pm
  • Information Session 2: Location: Via WebEx;  Date: January 15, 2020; Time: 11am-12pm

Application Criteria:

Students may apply for the program early in the 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 GPA 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

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.

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