Interested students may apply to this combined degree program during the start of their Junior year at DePaul. The student will need to be a Health Sciences major in the Public Health Studies concentration with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Application to the Master of Public Health program includes a 1-2 page personal statement and a current CV. The GRE requirement will be waived. Students must present a plan for their remaining quarters at DePaul to confirm that they can complete all degree requirements.
This combined program maintains the rigor and value of both the undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the College of Science and Health and the Master of Public Health from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, so that students are earning exceptional training at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The advantage to this program is that students can earn their BS in Health Sciences degree and an MPH in as few as five years.
In year four, accepted students take undergraduate courses toward the BS, graduate courses toward the MPH, and graduate courses that will count toward both degrees. The student will be awarded the BS at the end of the fourth year. The fifth year will solely consist of courses for the MPH.
Because this program requires careful planning of courses, students in their sophomore year are encouraged to work with the Health Sciences academic advisor in the College of Science and Health and a faculty advisor from the MPH program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
While students are enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Science and Health, they must apply for undergraduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their BS in Health Sciences at the conclusion of their fourth year of study. While students are enrolled as graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, they must apply for graduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their MPH.
In the event that they are not accepted into the MPH program, students would take the remaining requirements in their fourth year to earn the BS in Health Sciences. They are then encouraged to apply for the MPH program as a traditional applicant.
The MPH curriculum will be completed in its entirety and is unaltered by this program. A complete listing of MPH courses and their descriptions can be found in the DePaul University Catalog.
If the student is admitted and has completed some MPH coursework, but decides not to complete the MPH, then completed MPH courses will count toward the undergraduate degree and any remaining Health Sciences courses will be finished at the undergraduate level.
Students will also be carefully advised as to the financial implications of this program as the timing of courses affects when students would be counted as graduate students for purposes of tuition and eligibility for financial aid. Students will be considered graduate students for tuition-purposes beginning in Spring Quarter of the fourth year. During that quarter, the student will take two undergraduate courses on a per-credit basis (concentration elective and open elective) and graduate courses (MPH 522, MPH 512, MPH 600). Once the undergraduate degree is conferred at the end of Spring Quarter of the fourth year, then the student is eligible for the Double Demon Scholarship - see DePaul's Scholarship website for details. Students will also be told that if they already have a significant scholarship as an undergraduate, they can finish out the regular four-year BS academic program and then apply for the regular two-year MPH program.