Bachelor of Science to Master of Public Health (MPH) program

The Community Health Sciences, Public Health Bachelor of Science (BS) to 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.

About the BS to MPH program

The BS to MPH program allows undergraduate CHS students to take graduate-level courses that will count towards their BS public health degree and an MPH degree (upon admission). Students can apply 3 to 12 credits to both degrees.

Students will complete the majority of their undergraduate degree requirements (108 credits) before taking graduate credits which will apply to both their remaining undergraduate degree requirements and their MPH degree. MPH emphases are available in Epidemiology, Health Administration and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Health.

Step-by-step process for pursuing the BS to MPH Program

  1. Meet with your Community Health Science advisor as early as possible by making an advisor appointment to determine if you are eligible for the BS to MPH program.
  2. Complete 75 B.S. Public Health degree credits.
  3. After undergraduate advisor approval, schedule a meeting with the MPH Graduate Director to determine your chosen MPH specialization, determine graduate course enrollment, and complete the BS to MPH powerform.
  4. Ensure submission of BS to MPH powerform to the Graduate School for approval (by June 1st to take MPH courses in the Fall, and November 1st to take MPH courses in the Spring)
  5. Following the completion of 108 undergraduate credits, register for graduate courses recommended by the Graduate Director and noted on the BS to MPH powerform.
  6. Begin your first semester as a BS to MPH student attending graduate courses.
  7. Review MPH admission requirements and prepare application.
  8. Apply to the Master of Public Health program (ONLY) through the Graduate School (by November 1st to be admitted as an MPH student in the Spring, and June 1st to be admitted as an MPH student in the Fall)

To start the graduate school application for Fall 2021, follow these directions:

  • Access the application through the Graduate School's online application portal.
  • Click create account to create a username and password and then log in and begin the short application.
  • At the end of the application, there is an "Application Fee Waiver" section with instructions. The coupon code to use is CHS2021.
  • Enter the coupon code (CHS2021) and click "save and review."
  • After you finish reviewing click "save and pay."
  • This will take you to next page where you will select "request a waiver" and then "submit waiver request". This can take a few minutes, but please wait for it to finish. You should get a congratulations page when it is complete.

*Submit undergraduate graduation application by the appropriate deadline.

*Note: An approved BS to MPH powerform does not guarantee admission to the graduate school.

MPH admission requirements

  1. BS Public Health degree with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  2. GRE scores (optional): The GRE is NOT required for the MPH program but may be submitted if the applicant believes it will strengthen their application.  If test scores are submitted, they should be official scores from an exam taken within the past 5 years. 
  3. Three letters of recommendation: Letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's motivation, academic capability, scholarship potential, and personal goals for graduate study.
  4. Statement of purpose: The essay should be approximately 500 words in length, outlining the student's interest in graduate study in public health, potential research interests, career objectives, and specifying the MPH emphasis of interest (Epidemiology; Health Administration and Policy; Social and Behavioral Health)
  5. Resume or CV: Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) that demonstrates professional and/or educational health-related experience.

Additional program guidelines

  • Up to 12 credits of graduate work may apply to BS degree program.
  • Students must have an approved BS to MPH program form on file before graduate courses can be taken.
  • Students who do not finish the requirements for the MPH will be allowed to finish their BS degree; graduate coursework completed will not revert to undergraduate credit but may be used to satisfy undergraduate requirements.
  • Students begin graduate coursework after completing 108 undergraduate credits.
  • Only those graduate credits approved to meet specific undergraduate degree requirements will contribute to the credit requirements to receive undergraduate financial aid. The graduate-level courses will require payment of graduate credit tuition. Students should discuss their financial aid options with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • A Program of Study (POS) must be completed after the student's first semester as a graduate student in the program. 

Continuation requirements

To continue in the program, students must maintain a University of Nevada grade point average of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate courses, and at least a 3.0 in graduate courses. Students whose undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0 and/or whose graduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation within the program for one semester. If they raise their GPA to meet the standards above, they will be removed from probation and returned to good standing. If after one semester, students are not able to raise their GPA sufficiently, they will be removed from the program. Students who have been removed from a program may pursue bachelor's and master’s degrees through normal requirements.

Bachelor’s degree completion

Students must complete a bachelor's degree before advancing to graduate standing and/or receiving research or teaching assistantships. Students are expected to meet regularly with their advisor to ensure they are progressing appropriately.

Financial issues

The 12 graduate credits approved to meet undergraduate degree requirements apply towards full-time status as an undergraduate student. Undergraduate financial aid is not available to students in the BS to MPH program after their undergraduate degree has been posted.

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