Accelerated Public Health BS/MPH

Major: Public Health
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 237
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111; 21-1091, 21-1094, 25-1071

About the Program

The Dornsife School of Public Health offers an accelerated dual degree option with its undergraduate Public Health and Master of Public Health degrees. Participants can earn both a BS degree in Public Health and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in five years.

In this accelerated dual degree program, students participate in the undergraduate program for four full years (including one co-operative experience). After two years of undergraduate study students begin their graduate studies in the Master of Public Health program. The third and fourth years are a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses. After the successful completion of their fourth year, students receive their BS. When students successfully complete the remainder of their graduate studies (typically one additional year/ three graduate quarters), they will receive the MPH degree.

Students admitted to the accelerated, dual degree program apply to the graduate Master of Public Health Program during their junior year. Those admitted students must verify their intent to continue in the program with their advisor by the end of the spring term of year two.

Matriculated (continuing) students seeking admissions to the Dornsife School of Public Health BS/MPH accelerated program must verify their intent to participate in the program by the start of the fall term in their sophomore year. All students then follow the same application procedures as other applicants, including being interviewed by the graduate faculty. (Any student who does not meet the entrance requirements of the graduate program will be able to complete the fourth year of the Public Health undergraduate program and receive a BS degree.)

Students in the Master of Public Health program complete 56.0 graduate quarter credits to meet the requirements of the master's program. 
 

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

Erin Durkin, M.S.
Senior Academic Advisor
eed57@drexel.edu
267-359-6015

Admission Requirements

  • Be currently enrolled in the 4 year, 1 COOP program for Undergraduate Public Health.
  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA in line with the auto admit criteria for the MPH program.
  • Ability to simultaneously take undergraduate and MPH courses during junior and senior year.
  • Complete the prerequisite courses necessary for admission into the MPH program with no lower than a “C” grade.
  • Obtain one written recommendation from a faculty member and one written recommendation from an advisor, supervisor or mentor.
  • Complete the online SOPHAS application to the MPH program at the Dornsife School of Public Health in junior year.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
UNIV PH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Students must select one of the following math sequences:12.0
Introduction to Analysis I
and Introduction to Analysis II
and Mathematics for the Life Sciences
Or
Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
Physical and Life Sciences Requirements *16.0
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
and Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
and Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
and Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Or
Cells and Genetics
and Evolution & Organismal Diversity
and Physiology and Ecology
Students must select one of thr following chemistry sequences:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Or
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Social Science Requirements
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Social Science Electives37.0
Urban Anthropology
Anthropology of Immigration
Ethnographic Methods
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Economics of Health Care Systems
Equatorial Guinea: Society & Environment
Geographic Information Systems
Sociology of the Environment
History of Work & Workers in America
Principles of Human Resource Administration
Health-Care Ethics I
Management Information Systems
Organizational Behavior
Women and Children: Health & Society
Injury Prevention and Control
Burden of Disease
Drugs, Society, and Public Health
Violence and Trauma in Public Health
Health Inequality
Biomedical Ethics
International Human Rights
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Psychology - Inequity & Injustice
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Sociology of Health and Illness
Women's Health and Human Rights
Public Health Core Course Requirements
PBHL 301Epidemiology in Public Health3.0
PBHL 302Introduction to the History of Public Health3.0
PBHL 303Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
PBHL 304Introduction to Health & Human Rights3.0
PBHL 308The U.S. Public Health System3.0
PBHL 314Environmental and Occupational Health3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirements
Select one course from each PH Department - CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP12.0
Select 12 course credits from any other PH Courses12.0
Public Health Capstone Experience
PBHL 497Capstone Experience I3.0
PBHL 498Capstone Experience II3.0
PBHL 499Capstone Experience III3.0
Free Electives 39.0-42.0
MPH Core Requirements
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
MPH Discipline Specific Foundation Courses16.0
MPH Integrative Learning Experience **6.0
MPH Electives/Graduate Minor Courses18.0
Total Credits237.0-240.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
MATH 101
or 121
Introduction to Analysis I
Calculus I
4.0
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
UNIV PH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Winter
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
MATH 102
or 122
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus II
4.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Spring
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
MATH 239Mathematics for the Life Sciences4.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
PBHL 303Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
PBHL 304Introduction to Health & Human Rights3.0
Social Science electives3.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits19.0
Winter
CHEM 112General Chemistry II4.0
PBHL 301Epidemiology in Public Health3.0
PBHL 302Introduction to the History of Public Health3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Spring
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PBHL 314Environmental and Occupational Health3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirements6.0
Social Science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Summer
Social Science electives7.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirements6.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Third Year
Fall
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
PBHL 308The U.S. Public Health System3.0
Social Science elective6.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Winter
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
Social Science elective6.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Spring
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
Co-op 
 Term Credits2.0
Summer
Co-op 
 Term Credits0.0
Fourth Year
Fall
PBHL 497Capstone Experience I3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
Social Science elective6.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Winter
PBHL 498Capstone Experience II3.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Social Science elective6.0
Free electives3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Spring
PBHL 499Capstone Experience III3.0
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
Free elective6.0
Discipline Specific MPH Course4.0
MPH Elective/Graduate Minor Course3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Fifth Year
Fall
Integrative Learning Experience I 
CHP 750, EOH 750, EPI 750,
or HMP 750
Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention I
Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health I
Integrative Learning Experience in Epidemiology I
Integrative Learning Experience
3.0
Discipline Specific MPH course3.0
MPH Elective/Graduate Minor Courses6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Winter
Integrated Learning Experience II 
CHP 751, EOH 751, EPI 751,
or HMP 751
Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention II
Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health II
Integrative Learning Experience in Epidemiology II
Integrative Learning Experience II
3.0
Discipline Specific MPH course3.0
MPH Elective/Graduate Minor Course6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Spring
MPH Elective/Graduate Minor Course3.0
Discipline Specific Courses6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 237.0
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