Accelerated Public Health BS/MPH

Major: Public Health
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 237.0
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 degree option with its undergraduate BS in 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 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 must confirm their intent to continue or participate in the program with their advisor by the end of the spring term of year two. All students must also submit a formal application to apply to the graduate Master of Public Health program during their junior year.

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:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
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
Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
Physical and Life Sciences Requirements **16.0
Students must select one of the following biology sequences:
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
and Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
and Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
and Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Cells and Biomolecules
and Cells and Biomolecules Lab
and Genetics and Evolution
and Genetics and Evolution Lab
and Physiology and Ecology
and Anatomy and Ecology Lab
Students must select one of the following chemistry sequences:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
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
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 PBHL course from each PH Department below:12.0
Community Health & Prevention: PBHL 305, PBHL 306, PBHL 309, PBHL 313, PBHL 316, or PBHL 422
Environmental & Occupational Health: PBHL 307, PBHL 317, PBHL 319, PBHL 350, PBHL 457, or PBHL 458
Health Management & Policy: PBHL 315, PBHL 318, or PBHL 333
Select 12.0 additional PH course credits (PBHL 102-494)12.0
Public Health Capstone Experience
PBHL 497Capstone Experience I2.0
PBHL 498 [WI] Capstone Experience II3.0
PBHL 499 [WI] Capstone Experience III3.0
Free Electives 39.0
MPH Core Requirements
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Applied Practical Experience
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
MPH Major Courses, Integrative Learning Experience, and Electives/Graduate Minor ***39.0
Total Credits237.0

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.


Please note that students who take the BIO 131 & BIO 134, BIO 132 & BIO 135, and BIO 133 & BIO 136 sequence will be required to take fewer free electives


Students will follow the required curriculum of their chosen MPH major.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4+1, 1 co-op (Accelerated program completed in 5 years)

Students complete undergraduate requirements in four years, then convert to graduate status in the fifth and final year.

First Year
BIO 1073.0BIO 1093.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0VACATION
BIO 1081.0BIO 1101.0MATH 2394.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0SOC 1013.0 
MATH 101 or 1214.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0(UG) Free electives6.0 
PBHL 1013.0MATH 102 or 1224.0  
UNIV PH1011.0PSY 1013.0  
 15 15 16 0
Second Year
CHEM 1114.0CHEM 1124.0COM 2303.0COOP 101*1.0
PBHL 3033.0PBHL 3013.0PBHL 3143.0(UG) Free elective3.0
PBHL 3043.0PBHL 3023.0(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirements6.0
(UG) Free electives6.0(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirements6.0(UG) Social Science electives6.0
(UG) Social Science electives3.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0(UG) Social Science elective3.0 
 19 16 18 16
Third Year
(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free elective3.0HMP 5053.0 
(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0  
(UG) Social Science electives6.0(UG) Social Science electives6.0  
EPI 5703.0BST 5713.0  
 18 18 3 0
Fourth Year
PBHL 4972.0PBHL 4983.0PBHL 4993.0BS Degree Awarded
(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free electives6.0Student classified as Graduate Student
(UG) Social Science elective7.0(UG) Social Science electives6.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0PBHL 5000.0
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0(GR) MPH Major Courses, Electives/Graduate Minor6.0 
 16 16 18 0
Fifth Year
(GR) MPH Major Courses, Integrative Learning Experience, and Electives/Graduate Minor12.0(GR) MPH Major Courses, Integrative Learning Experience, and Electives/Graduate Minor12.0(GR) MPH Major Courses, Integrative Learning Experience, and Electives/Graduate Minor9.0 
 12 12 9 
Total Credits 237

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

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