Public Health, Accelerated BS and MPH Program

Students Studying for 2-3 Program

The Community Health Sciences, Public Health Accelerated Bachelor of Science (BS)/ Master of Public Health (MPH) degree offers an integrated program of study and research in the multidimensional aspects of population health, health promotion and disease/disability prevention. It is suited for students who are interested in working in a wide range of health or wellness settings. People interested in specific health careers, special health settings or in teaching credentials will need to take additional courses designed specifically for their field. Students will complete the majority of their undergraduate degree in the first 3 years of study and then transition to the MPH program. MPH emphases are available in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Administration and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Health.

Contact Information

  • School of Community Health Sciences | 203 Lombardi | (775) 784-1857
  • Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle, Director of Graduate Studie
  • (775) 682-7097

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate students are accepted to UNR per the university admissions process. Students interested in the accelerated BS/MPH program should submit the Accelerated Program Application to the Community Health Sciences department early in the second semester of their junior year. Students are admitted to the accelerated program at the end of their junior year and enroll in 6-12 graduate credits during their senior year. Qualified undergraduate students must meet the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, have completed at least 75 credits overall and designated major courses, and have earned a University of Nevada grade point average of at least 3.2. Students apply to the MPH program per the following guidelines: 

Regular Fall Admission:

Students seeking Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, and Merit graduate student awards, the priority consideration deadline is February 1. The final deadline is April 15 for students seeking admission for the following fall semester.  Students apply to the program in their junior year immediately after the fall semester. 

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

  1. GRE required. GRE exam should be taken before the student's fall semester, junior year, with application submitted early in the spring semester. GRE scores of accepted students are typically above the 40th percentile. However, scores will be assessed relative to other applicants in the pool and considered in the context of the overall application package. The exam must have been taken within the last five (5) years. MCAT or GMAT scores may be substituted for the GRE.
  2. Student must have completed 75 credits toward their BS degree before applying to the MPH program and have completed 108 credits toward their BS degree before the end of their junior year.
  3. 3.2 GPA overall and within SCHS major; any exceptions will need approval from the SCHS Graduate Admissions Committee.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation. Two letters must be from SCHS faculty.
  5. Statement of Purpose.
  6. Student must meet all admission requirements of the GraduateSchool.
  7. All application material should be submitted to SOPHAS and the Graduate School, following normal graduate admission procedures. 

Program and Course Requirements

Students will earn a total of 153 credit hours (108 BSPH hours and 45 MPH hours). 108 credits must be completed before MPH work starts.

Additional guidelines:

  • Up to 12 credits of graduate work may apply to BS degree program.
  • Students must be admitted to the program before graduate courses can be taken.
  • Students who do not finish the requirements for the BS/MPH will be allowed to finish their BS degree; graduate coursework completed will not revert to undergraduate credit.
  • Students begin graduate coursework in their first semester of their 4th year.
  • Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in both BS and MPH coursework; anything lower will result in probation with a semester to raise it to 3.0 or above. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program to finish their BS degree.
  • Students who successfully complete 12 or more credit hours of graduate coursework but do not continue with the graduate program must request that the graduate level courses fulfill the remaining undergraduate requirement.
  • Graduate credits will not count toward undergraduate credits needed to meet financial aid requirements. Graduate courses do not apply towards the 12 credits required for full time undergraduate standing. The graduate-level courses will require payment of graduate credit tuition. Students should discuss their financial aid options with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Program of Study (POS) must be completed after the students first semester in the program.