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 end of the spring term of year two. 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

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website including how to apply.

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 Development1.0
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
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
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 I2.0
PBHL 498Capstone Experience II3.0
PBHL 499Capstone Experience III3.0
Free Electives 39.0-42.0
MPH Core Requirements
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
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
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
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 1011.0
PBHL 3033.0PBHL 3013.0PBHL 3143.0(UG) Social Science electives6.0
PBHL 3043.0PBHL 3023.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirements6.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirements6.0
(UG) Social Science electives3.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0(UG) Social Science elective3.0(UG) Free elective3.0
(UG) Free elective6.0(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free elective3.0 
 19 16 18 16
Third Year
(UG) Social Science electives6.0(UG) Social Science electives6.0  
(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0  
(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free elective3.0  
 18 18 2 0
Fourth Year
PBHL 4972.0PBHL 4983.0PBHL 4993.0BS Degree Awarded
(UG) Social Science elective7.0(UG) Social Science electives6.0(UG) Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0Student classified as Graduate Student
(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free electives6.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0PBHL 5000.0 
  (GR) MPH Elective/Graduate Minor Course3.0 
  (GR) Discipline Specific MPH Course4.0 
 16 16 19 0
Fifth Year
CHP 750, EOH 750, EPI 750, or HMP 7503.0CHP 751, EOH 751, EPI 751, or HMP 7513.0(GR) MPH Elective/Graduate Minor Course3.0 
(GR) Integrative Learning Experience I(GR) Learning Experience II(GR) Discipline Specific Courses6.0 
(GR) Discipline Specific MPH course3.0(GR) Discipline Specific MPH course3.0  
(GR) MPH Elective/Graduate Minor Courses6.0(GR) MPH Elective/Graduate Minor Course6.0  
 12 12 9 
Total Credits 237
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