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The 4+1 B.S. in Health/MPH degree prepares students to earn a Bachelors degree in Health and streamlines coursework for students interested in a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH), helping students complete the entire sequences in as little as five years.

The growing field of public health promises strong employment opportunities, particularly in Houston. With a diverse, growing population and the nation’s largest medical center, Houston is a prime location to start a career in public health and this program prepares professionals to address the challenges to come.

Graduates will be qualified to enter careers in the public and private sector in a variety of positions, including:

  • Health educator
  • Safety and health inspector
  • Risk assessor
  • Environmental health expert
  • Health program evaluator
  • and more!

The program is a partnership with the UT Health School of Public Health, which is one of six schools of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the most comprehensive academic health system in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

4+1 B.S. in Health/MPH program degree plan

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply first and be accepted to the UH B.S. in Health program with a specialization in Public Health in the University of Houston, College of Education. 

As prerequisites to the B.S. in Health program, students must complete:

    • HLT 1353 Personal Health (Health Elective)
    • HLT 2320 Introduction to Public Health, and
    • One of the following two courses: HLT 3301 (Health Behavior Theory & Practice) OR HLT 3381 (Health Promotion and Disease Prevention).  Each course must be completed with a “C” or better before the student will be eligible to declare a major in Health
  1. Complete at least four semesters (63 credit hours) of the B.S. in Health program and obtain an overall UH grade point average of 3.5 or greater. For transfer students, they must complete 30 credit hours in UH B.S. in Health with a specialization in Public Health (half of them should be health courses) maintaining a UH GPA of 3.5.
  2. Complete the application. 
  3. Submit a written goal statement regarding pursuing the BSH and MPH degrees.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  5. Participate in an admission interview conducted by UH Health Program.
  6. Once students are accepted into the BSH/MPH program, they must maintain a UH GPA of 3.5 and their progress will be monitored by semester.

Once students have met all requirements above and are informed of their acceptance by the UH Health Program Director, they may apply to the MPH certificate program here following the application and admission schedule and policies of the UT Health School of Public Health. Courses may be taken in person or on-line.  Applicants will be considered for admission to each program individually.  Final admission to the dual B.S. in Health/MPH program will require approval by the UH Health Program faculty, and the UT School of Public Health Houston.

If and when the B.S. in Health/MPH student decides to pursue the full MPH degree, they will apply to UTSPH via www.sophas.org in the year prior to graduating (i.e. February deadline of B.S. in Health graduation year).  If the student decides not to pursue the MPH, a Certificate in Public Health can and will be awarded with successful completion of the five MPH core courses taken in the final year of the B.S. in Health degree program.  These five MPH core courses will be accepted by UH as transfer credit.

Application Requirements

***YOU MUST BE A UH B.S. IN HEALTH MAJOR WITH A SPECIALIZATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH, COMPLETE ALL PRE-REQUISITE COURSES, AND HAVE A 3.5 GPA TO BE CONSIDERED.***

In order to complete your application to the program please:

  1. Read all of the introductory screens;
  2. Enter all required information;
  3. Submit your application by the deadline; and
  4. Frequently check your email as important application/registration information will be sent to you.

(Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered late, and applicants may not be eligible for current consideration into the program.)

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