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Community Health:

Master of Public Health

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Assess community needs. Develop innovative solutions. Implement impactful programs and policies. Focus on prevention. Build stronger, healthier communities.


Why should Community Health undergraduates consider earning both BS and MPH degrees?
If the Community Health BS degree program is a good match for a student's interests and abilities, then an MPH degree program is likely to be a good match too. Additionally, an undergraduate degree in Community Health is an excellent background for advanced study in public health. For students interested in a career as a public health practitioner, the MPH degree is the most widely recognized credential for a career in public health. Students who are more interested in research could also consider MS and PhD degree programs. However, the MPH degree does lay the basis for further study in a doctoral program in public health.
When Community Health students enter the BS-MPH program, what approved courses do they take prior to the end of their 4th (senior) year that count for both BS and MPH degrees?

Please see detailed information in the Joint Degree: BS-MPH section of the website.

Are there any pre-requisite courses I need to take before applying for the BS-MPH program?
The Community Health curriculum requires CHLH 274 Introduction to Epidemiology. This course is a pre-requisite for community health majors applying for BS-MPH program. Applicants must complete this course before applying and must achieve a B or higher.

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