Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program

For Current Students in the College of Health Sciences

About The Option

Qualified undergraduate junior or senior students may apply for admission to the Baccalaureate to Master's of Public Health (Baccalaureate/MPH) accelerated option. This program is designed to facilitate admission from a Bachelor's degree program to the Master's degree in Public Health (M.P.H.). Students accepted into this option may take up to four graduate level Public Health Core courses (500 level) during their senior year that will be credited toward both the Baccalaureate and MPH degrees upon approval by their undergraduate adviser. Pre-requisites for the Baccalaureate/MPH accelerated option include a semester of either biology or anatomy and physiology and a semester of statistics with a grade of C or better.

Expanding Employment Opportunities

It is an exciting time to pursue a Master's degree in public health (MPH). You will not only make a difference in the world by improving human health, but you will also be in demand to fulfill much needed roles in the field. It is projected that more than 250,000 additional public health workers will be needed in the United States by 2020. Trends fueling the need include a greater public interest in health promotion and disease prevention, an aging population and an increase in the number of people retiring from public health jobs.

Advantages of this Option

  • Baccalaureate/MPH students are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission into the master's program.
  • Baccalaureate/MPH students pay undergraduate tuition for graduate courses taken during the undergraduate program resulting in a cost savings in the graduate program.
  • Baccalaureate/MPH students complete the graduate degree in an accelerated time frame, allowing them to pursue careers more quickly.
  • Students accepted in the accelerated Baccalaureate/MPH option may waive the application fee for the MPH program.


  • Grade point average of a 3.25 or greater. (Must be maintained through completion of the baccalaureate degree).
  • Application to Graduate Admissions Baccalaureate/M.P.H. accelerated option in junior or senior year.


For More Information about the Baccalaureate/MPH option, please contact:
Leland Ackerson, Sc.D.
Public Health Program Graduate Coordinator