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Public Health AGRADE Program

Public Health AGRADE Program

AGRADE provides qualifying Public Health students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with an opportunity to pursue an accelerated pathway to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the School of Medicine. The MPH prepares students for a professional career at the intersection of public, clinical and/or other allied health sciences.  


Undergraduate students enrolled in the Public Health major or minor are eligible to apply for AGRADE status in the semester in which they expect to complete 90 credits and 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 GPA or better in coursework for their Public Health major or minor, and a cumulative GPA 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 each semester. Applicants must 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 must also submit two recommendation letters from faculty that 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 BSPH-MPH AGRADE program is competitive. The MPH program admissions committee reviews all AGRADE applicant applications and makes decisions about admission to this accelerated track. 


Upon admission, students may elect 3-15 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 7011Foundations of Public Health3
FPH 7012Social Justice in Public Health3
FPH 7015Biostatistics I3
FPH 7100Health Care Organization and Administration3
FPH 7240Epidemiology3

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, contact the Public Health undergraduate academic advisors and consult the AGRADE FAQs.

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