Undergraduate Health Science majors in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences who are enrolled in the joint BS/MPH Program have the opportunity to take graduate courses in the MPH program during their final undergraduate year. These courses count toward both their BS and MPH, allowing them to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time than it would to earn them separately.
It typically takes two years of full-time coursework to earn the stand-alone MPH. If you matriculate into the program having already begun your MPH coursework as an undergraduate, you have the ability to earn your MPH within a year if you continue as a full-time student.
If you take the five maximum allowed graduate courses as an undergraduate, you save 15 credits worth of graduate tuition. You only have to pay for 27 credits of graduate tuition to earn your MPH. (Non-dual degree students have to pay for 42 credits).
For up-to-date information regarding Northeastern University tuition per credit, please refer to the University’s tuition page.
– Health Sciences and Master of Public Health (BS/MPH)
— Available to
Bouvé Health Science majors only*
– Full-time or part-time (as a graduate student)
Application deadline: Mar 10
Duration: One year
Please note that BS/MPH applicants should apply via Northeastern’s Application Portal, not the SOPHAS application portal.
The BS/MPH Program has provided me with the support and tools to continue to focus on healthcare and social justice throughout my career. I intend on using my degrees to positively impact community health outcomes.
Students enrolled in the joint program take classes that meet the curriculum requirements for both a BS and MPH. BS/MPH students work with undergraduate and graduate advisors to design a flexible program of study that enables them to use their undergraduate electives strategically to begin graduate coursework. All BS/MPH graduates will fulfill the same competencies that guide the MPH program.
Sample curriculum, subject to change.
Final Undergraduate Year*
Fall Semester Take 2 MPH core courses
Spring Semester Take 3 MPH core courses
May Graduate with BS
Summer Semester Officially matriculate into the MPH Program
*Go full-time (earn MPH in one year)
*Go part-time (earn MPH in two years)
*A maximum of 5 MPH core courses can be taken during this year. Please see the MPH Program page for curriculum details.
I entered Northeastern my freshman year with the singular intention of one day going to medical school. While this remains my goal today, the integrated health sciences curriculum has entirely changed my view on what it means to be a competent clinician in the healthcare field, and that is why I ultimately chose the BS/MPH program.
Interested students should plan to apply during the Spring semester of their Junior year. Students with conditional acceptance apply through filling out a letter of intent form. Please see below.
Completed Application via SOPHAS
2 letters of recommendation
Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
If you were conditionally accepted into the BS/MPH Program upon freshman matriculation you do not need to formally apply via the process outlined here, but instead, please fill out the Letter of Intent form by December 1 of your Junior year to confirm your interest in pursuing the dual degree.
You MUST have a minimum overall 3.5 GPA in the semester of your junior year and have completed a health-related co-op. You will be issued a formal letter of acceptance by the MPH Program, which must be signed and returned to the Bouvé Graduate Office.
We welcome any questions you might have about the BS/MPH program. Please feel free to send general program inquiries and admissions-related questions.
I soon realized a Master of Public Health would be a remarkable bridge to a clinical career in the future. A patient’s health ties back to the health of their community, and utilizing public health will help me more effectively treat patients, ultimately preventing illness and disease entirely. In the BS/MPH program, I am able to pursue my interests in public health, while saving time to attend further clinical training.
Five courses will count towards your MPH. Anything above that while still an undergraduate, will count towards your BS only.
You are automatically converted to a graduate student in the semester following your undergraduate graduation. Typically, you will be awarded your BS in May and be considered a graduate student after that point in time.
Once you’re a graduate student you can change your status to a part-time student (taking one or two classes a semester). It would typically take you two years to complete the program.
If you were offered conditional acceptance into the BS/MPH Program as a freshman, but as a junior you either do not have a 3.5 GPA or did not take a health-related co-op, you can still apply to the dual degree program via the admissions process outlined above for all health sciences majors.