Dual Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Public Health

Program Director  S. Wilensky
Program Advisor  M. Wilson

The Milken Institute School of Public Health accepts a small number of outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence and a strong commitment to public health into its dual bachelor of science in public health and master of public health (BS/MPH) degree program each year. The program is designed to help students become public health leaders who are committed to lifelong learning and improving the health and well-being of local, national, and international communities.

The BS/MPH program allows students to take up to 9 graduate credits as part of their undergraduate degree, thereby decreasing the number of credits normally required for the master's degree. The program is appropriate for pre-professional students who are interested in public health issues. Current public health undergraduate students may apply to the program after their sophomore or junior academic year. Interested students may apply to any of the MPH programs.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Coursework for the university general education requirement in the bachelor of science in public health is distributed as follows:

  • Communication—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing-in-the-disciplines (WID) courses; 
  • Critical Analysis in the Humanities—one approved course in humanities that involves critical thinking skills;
  • Quantitative Reasoning—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics;
  • Scientific Reasoning—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry; and,
  • Critical Analysis in the Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences 

Please visit the university general education requirement page for a list of qualifying courses.

Credit Distribution Chart

Category Non Premed Credits Premedical Credits
BS general curriculum requirements 19 52-71
BS public health core course requirements (Includes 9 graduate crossover credits) 27 27
BS SPH electives 12 12
BS additional electives 47-54 10-29
BS total credits 120 120
Total remaining MPH credits (45 - 9 = 36) 36 36
BS/MPH total credits (120 + 36 credits = 156) 156 156
Public health core requirements and graduate substitutions
Undergraduate core courses:
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
PUBH 1102History of Public Health
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3133Global Health and Development
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 4140WSenior Seminar
Graduate crossover credits
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health (Replaces PUBH 2112 Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion [3 credits] in the BS Public Health Program)
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology (Replaces PUBH 3131 Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease [3 credits] in the BS Public Health Program)
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World (Replaces PUBH 3132 Health and Environment [3 credits] in the BS Public Health Program)
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health (Replaces PUBH 2110 Public Health Biology [3 credits] in the BS Public Health Program)
Publc health elective courses
AMST 3950Special Topics (Narrative Medicine in American History only)
ANTH 3504Illness, Healing, and Culture
ANTH 3513Anthropology of Human Rights
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
BADM 4101Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
BIOC 3560Diet, Health, and Longevity
BISC 3450Evolutionary Medicine
or BISC 3450W Evolutionary Medicine
EHS 2107Theory and Practice of Research in a Clinical Setting
EXNS 1114Community Nutrition
EXNS 1199Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (Nutrition and Disease only)
EXNS 2119Introduction to Nutrition Science
EXNS 2122Food Systems in Public Health
GEOG 2104Introduction to Cartography and GIS
GEOG 2127Population Geography
GEOG 2137Environmental Hazards
HIST 3363Race, Medicine, and Public Health
HLWL 1106Drug Awareness
HLWL 1109Human Sexuality
HONR 2047Self and Society Seminar
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Science, Policy, and Technology only)
PHIL 2124Philosophies of Disability
PHIL 2281Philosophy of the Environment
PSYC 3128Health Psychology
PUBH 2113Impact of Culture upon Health
PUBH 2114Environment, Health, and Development
PUBH 2115Health, Human Rights, and Displaced Persons
PUBH 2117Service Learning in Public Health
PUBH 3136Health Law
PUBH 3116Global Health Systems Performance
PUBH 3136Health Law
PUBH 3137Global Public Health Nutrition
PUBH 3150Sustainable Energy and Environmental Health
PUBH 3151Current Issues in Bioethics
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health
STAT 2118Regression Analysis
STAT 2183Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
SUST 2003The Sustainable Plate
MPH required core course
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health (Replaces PUBH 2110 Public Health Biology (3 credits). (Summer, fall, spring))
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health (Summer, fall, spring)
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology (Replaces PUBH 3131 Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease (3 credits) in the BS Public Health Program). (Summer, fall, spring))
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World (Replaces PUBH 3132 Health and Environment (3 credits) in the BS Public Health Program). (Summer, fall, spring))
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health (Summer, fall, spring)
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health (Replaces PUBH 2112 Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion (3 credits) in the BS Public Health Program). (Fall, spring, summer))

Refer to the relevant MPH program for program-specific graduation requirements.

Graduation requirements:

  1. Total credits requirement: 156 undergraduate and graduate credits.

  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of the undergraduate degree, graduate core courses, and program-specific courses.

  3. An overall 3.0 (B) grade-point average in graduate-level coursework is required.

  4. Time limit requirement: Degrees must be completed within six years of the date accepted to the program.

  5. Transfer credit policy: In accordance with undergraduate and graduate established policies

  6.  Students must comply with all policies and procedures outlined in University Regulations and SPH requirements, including SPH requirements for completing human research training and eight hours of professional enhancement activities and passing the academic integrity quiz.