Public Health AGRADE Program

The goal of this proposal is to provide qualifying students in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.P.H.) program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with an opportunity to pursue an accelerated pathway to the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program in the School of Medicine, which prepares them for professional practice career at the intersection of public, clinical and/or other allied health sciences.   


Undergraduate students enrolled in the B.S.P.H. major or minor would be eligible to apply for AGRADE status in the semester in which they expect to complete 90 credits and in which they have completed the following four undergraduate courses:

PH 2100Introduction to Public Health3
PH 3100Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PH 3200Introduction to Biostatistics4
PH 3300Epidemiology 4

Applicants must have a 3.6 g.p.a or better in B.S.P.H. major coursework, and a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.5 or better. Students with a GPA of 3.3-3.49 will be considered on an individual basis.

Applications will be reviewed in both fall and winter semesters. Applicants will be required to submit a personal statement indicating their interest in the MPH program, their career goals, and the reasons why they are especially suited to join this accelerated track. Applicants will also be required to submit two recommendation letters from faculty referees able to address the student’s capacity for graduate study. The GRE may be waived based on satisfactory performance in the AGRADE courses (at least a B grade in each AGRADE class). Acceptance to the B.S.P.H.-M.P.H. AGRADE program will be competitive. The admissions committee in the M.P.H. program will review all AGRADE applicants’ applications and make decisions about admission to this accelerated track. 


Upon admission, students may elect 3-16 credits in approved graduate M.P.H. courses. These graduate level courses will complete elective bachelor's degree requirements as well as fulfill the beginning of study toward the master's degree.

FPH 7015Biostatistics I3
FPH 7100Health Care Organization and Administration3
FPH 7240Epidemiology3
FPH 7320The Social Basis of Health and Health Care3
FPH 7420Principles of Environmental Health3

The bachelor's degree will be awarded following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements. Graduate course work taken in this program must be completed within eight years (from the time that the first graduate course is taken that is counted toward degree requirements) or within six years from the awarding of the bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.

For more information on individual degree requirements, please visit the respective sections of this bulletin for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health and the Master of Public Health.