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

Program Director  S. Wilensky
Program Advisor  K. Pinto

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.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 155 credits, including 19 credits in University General Education requirements; 34 credits in public health core courses including 10 graduate crossover credits; 9 credits in undergraduate public health electives; 58 credits in additional electives; and 35 credits in selected program-specific and graduate electives.

Credit Distribution

Public health core requirements and graduate substitutions
Undergraduate public health core courses (21 credits):
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
PUBH 1102History of Public Health
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3133Global Health and Development
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 4140WSenior Seminar
or PUBH 4141 Senior Seminar Community Needs Assessment
Research Methods Selective (3 credits from list below:)
PUBH 3152Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
EXNS 3111Nutrition Science Research Methods
ANTH 3531Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
EHS 2107Theory and Practice of Research in a Clinical Setting
PSC 2101Scope and Methods of Political Science
PSYC 2101Research Methods in Psychology
SOC 2101Social Research Methods
Graduate crossover courses (8 credits + 2 elective credits):
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
Graduate Elective course (2 credits)- any graduate level course in PUBH or EXNS
Public health elective courses (9 credits from approved list below):
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 1003Society and Environment
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 (Medicine and Society only)
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics (residential delivery only)
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Science, Policy, and Technology only)
PHIL 2124Philosophies of Disability
PHIL 2281Philosophy of the Environment
PSYC 3128Health Psychology
PSYC 4202WResearch Lab in Applied Social Psychology (Discrimination and Health only)
PSYC 3199Current Topics in Psychology (Substance Abuse and Addiction only)
PUBH 2113Impact of Culture upon Health
PUBH 2114Environment, Health, and Development
PUBH 2117Service Learning in Public Health
PUBH 3115Global Health and Human Rights
PUBH 3116Global Health Systems Performance
PUBH 3136Health Law
PUBH 3137Global Public Health Nutrition
PUBH 3150Sustainable Energy and Environmental Health
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health
PUBH 3151WCurrent Issues in Bioethics
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health
PUBH 3201Introduction to Bioinformatics
PUBH 4201Practical Computing
PUBH 4202Bioinformatics Algorithms and Data Structures
STAT 2118Regression Analysis
STAT 2183Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
or STAT 2183W Intermediate Statistical Laboratory: Statistical Computing Packages
Additional MPH core required courses (11 credits):
(beyond crossover noted above)
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience (or other CE or Capstone for specific MPH program)

Refer to the program guide for the BS,Public Health-MPH joint program for specific rules about substitutions that may be applicable and course scheduling issues.  Also, the relevant MPH program guide is the best source of information for program-specific graduation requirements.  The Undergraduate Advisors are available to support individual curriculum planning.

Graduation requirements:

  1. Total credits requirement: 155 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 seven years of the date accepted to the program.

  5. Transfer credit policy: In accordance with undergraduate and graduate established policies- see student handbooks.

  6.  Students must comply with all policies and procedures outlined in University Regulations, SPH regulations and the SPH Undergraduate Handbook.