The accelerated 4+1 MPH in Epidemiology allows students to graduate with both Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Public Health degrees in epidemiology in just five years. This program is one year less than the traditional six-year path of obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree, saving time and money and giving students the specialized skills and experience needed to be the next champions of public and population health. This accelerated program combines the foundations of public health and principles of the epidemiological method (of the BSPH degree) with the public health systems, academic theory, research and real-world experience of the MPH degree. The 4+1 accelerated program may also be combined with pre-professional coursework.
Accelerated 4+1 BSPH–MPH in Epidemiology Admissions
Plan of Study
Students complete three years of bachelor’s degree requirements. During their third year, they apply for the accelerated program. If accepted into the accelerated program, students complete their first year of MPH coursework during what would have been their fourth year of undergraduate study. That MPH coursework takes the place of their final BSPH required courses. The student then graduates with their bachelor’s degree the spring after their first year in the MPH program.
|Year One||Bachelor’s Degree Courses|
|Year Two||Bachelor’s Degree Courses|
|Year Three||Bachelor’s Degree Courses|
|Year Four||Master’s Degree Courses (take place of BSPH requirements)|
Graduate with BSPH degree
|Year Five||Master’s Degree Courses|
The accelerated program is a competitive opportunity for outstanding public health students. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a B or higher in the following courses – PBHL-P109, PBHL-B300, PBHL E303 (Evidence-Based Writing for Public Health), PBHL-E322, and PBHL-E422.
Prior to the start of their senior year, the student must have all but five major applications courses completed for their BSPH degree, these courses will be replaced with MPH courses taken the first year of the MPH program or last year of the BSPH program.
Students who meet the above criteria are not guaranteed admission. All elements of the application including letters of recommendation, scores, GPA, resume, interview and personal statement will be taken into consideration.
When to Apply
Students are encouraged to apply during fall or spring semesters of their Junior year, however, the deadline for accelerated BSPH-MPH applications is June 1. Accepted BSPH-MPH accelerated students will matriculate into the MPH program during the Fall semester of their senior year.
How to Apply
The application process is being revised. Please check back at the end of November for an updated process.
Please contact your undergraduate advisor to discuss the accelerated program and process.
Kayla Rinker will be meeting with students whose last names are A-L, and Leah Jansen will be meeting with students whose last names are M-Z. Please visit our advising page for complete instructions on how to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health requires applicants whose native language is not English or whose academic study was done exclusively at non-English speaking institutions to prove English proficiency by providing either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Scores must be under two years old.
The preferred minimum English language test scores for admission to the Fairbanks School of Public Health are:
- Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 92
- Computer-based TOEFL: minimum score of 263
- Paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 620
- IELTS (total band score): minimum score of 7
Begin Planning Early
Prospective accelerated program students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor early to begin planning.
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