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Integrated BS/MPH Program

The Integrated Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Health program (commonly known as a 4+1) is a highly competitive program of study that allows well-prepared students an efficient pathway to graduate with both their BS in Public Health as well as their MPH in just five years (compared to the typical six years). Applicants must be on track to receive their bachelor’s degree in one of our offered emphases (Epidemiology, Health Promotion, and Health Science - not currently available for Environmental Science). This new degree option will help the BYU MPH program accomplish its mission of developing public health leaders who are prepared to improve the health and well-being of communities, families, and individuals in many settings.

If admitted into the program, students will take MPH courses and finish their undergraduate requirements during their senior year and plus one year. Students will pay undergraduate tuition during their senior year and graduate tuition their plus one year.

INTEGRATED BS/MPH INFO SESSION:

Integrated BS:MPH Info Session.mp4


UPCOMING INTEGRATED BS/MPH EVENTS:

Integrated BS/MPH Grad Plan workshops will be held in January 2023 to allow for students to get their Integrated BS/MPH Grad Approval Forms approved and signed.

Workshop Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 11th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm in 2037 LSB
  • Thursday, January 12th from 11:00am - 12:30pm in 2037 LSB

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Must be declared as a current BYU public health undergraduate major with an emphasis in epidemiology, health promotion, or health science (not currently available for environmental science).

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.5.
    • In exceptional circumstances, students may be accepted into the integrated program with lower than a 3.5 GPA. Students with a GPA lower than 3.5 will be required to provide an explanation in their admissions application, explaining their GPA and why they feel they would be successful in the integrated curriculum.
  • Must be in the third year of study or considered a junior at BYU by the February 1st application deadline. If admitted, students will begin the integrated program during their senior year by taking the MPH level coursework with the rest of the traditional incoming MPH cohort. 
  • Interested students must meet with undergraduate academic advisor, Beth Liechty (beth.liechty@byu.edu), to carefully map their public health coursework for each semester. This will determine whether the BS and MPH degree can feasibly be completed within two additional years.
  • Undergraduate and graduate level department approval to apply to the integrated program. The Integrated BS/MPH Grad Plan Approval Form, listing the approved coursework plan, must be signed by undergraduate advisor, Beth Liechty (beth.liechty@byu.edu) AND the MPH director, Ali Crandall, (ali_crandall@byu.edu) or a designated MPH curriculum committee member. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Students applying to the Integrated BS/MPH program will have a two-step application process:

  • In Step 1, students must submit the Integrated BS/MPH Department Application by Feb 1st of their junior year at BYU (or when they have one year left in their program - e.g., graduating in April or August of the following year). Students will begin taking the MPH courses in their senior year. Admitted students must sign and submit the Graduate Studies Form Notice of Integrated or Joint Program Status (GS Form 5) at the time of formal admission into the Integrated BS/MPH program.
  • In Step 2, during their senior year, applicants must formally apply to the BYU MPH program through BYU Graduate Studies. If they are in good standing in the MPH program, they will be automatically admitted in Step 2. The university application fee will be deferred until after the student’s first year in the integrated program at which point they must submit a Graduate Studies application.

STEP 1:
(Junior Year - application to Integrated BS/MPH program)
1. Application Deadline - Submit the Integrated BS/MPH Department Application by the February 1st application deadline of your junior year.
2. Statement of Intent - Upload three short essays explaining the following (each essay should not exceed 400 words in length):

  • Essay 1: Explain why you want to study public health. Explain your public health interest areas (topics or skills) and include life or personal experiences that have led to your interest in public health. You may list specific faculty members who are doing research in your area(s) of interest that you may want to work with.
  • Essay 2: How would the BYU MPH program advance your career and personal goals? Be specific about why you are interested in a MPH at BYU. (see MPH mission statement)
  • Essay 3: The BYU Department of Public Health has a stated priority to create an environment that honors diversity and belonging for all people. How can you support or enhance our ability to achieve that priority? What could you uniquely contribute to the cohort? Applicants are encouraged to share their experiences relating to cultural background, socioeconomic background, adversity, first-generation college student, and life experiences. We do not make decisions based on gender or race.

3. Quantitative/Analytic Skills - List up to three courses on your transcript that illustrate your quantitative or analytic ability.

  • In 300 words or less, discuss specific details and examples of relevant coursework, work, research, volunteer, or other professional experiences that involved analytical and/or quantitative skills and tasks.

4. Leadership and Non-Cognitive Abilities -Complete the questionnaire provided on the online application.
5. Recommendation Form - Include two Integrated BS/MPH Recommendation Forms from those who can attest to your academic and/or work ability. At least one form should be from a BYU public health faculty member. Applicants are encouraged to ask their recommenders to discuss the following in their form: leadership skills, ability to work well with others, grit, dependability, writing, and academic ability. Recommenders should email recommendation forms directly to mph@byu.edu.
6. Resume - Upload your resume to your online application.
7. Transcripts – Upload your undergraduate transcripts demonstrating coursework completed to date. In general, students must have a 3.5 GPA in their undergraduate courses when applying to demonstrate that they can handle the added rigor of completing MPH and BS requirements simultaneously. In rare exceptions, students may be accepted who have a GPA lower than 3.5. They should include a statement explaining their lower GPA and why they think they can manage completing MPH and BS requirements simultaneously.
8. Integrated BS/MPH Grad Plan Approval Form – Upload the signed Integrated BS/MPH Grad Plan Approval Form indicating how you will complete MPH and BS requirements in your senior year and plus one year. You must use the form that will be made available on this website. The form must be signed by an undergraduate academic advisor, Beth Liechty, (beth.liechty@byu.edu), and the MPH director, Ali Crandall (ali_crandall@byu.edu), or a designated member of the MPH curriculum committee.  

Note: It is strongly recommended to have the required statement of intent essays, qualitative/analytic skills essay, resume, transcripts, and Integrated BS/MPH Grad Plan Approval Form completed and ready for individual upload before starting the Integrated BS/MPH online application form.

To access the Integrated BS/MPH Department Application, click HERE. (Application opens January 1, 2023)

STEP 2:
(Senior Year – application to BYU MPH program)
1. Application Deadline - Submit the BYU Graduate Studies Application by the February 1st application deadline of your senior year.
2. Maintain a 3.2 GPA for courses taken during senior year (first year of integrated BS/MPH curriculum).
3. Statement of Intent - Include three short essays explaining the following (each essay should not exceed 400 words in length):

  • Essay 1: Explain why you want to study public health. Explain your public health interest areas (topics or skills) and include life or personal experiences that have led to your interest in public health. You may list specific faculty members who are doing research in your area(s) of interest that you may want to work with.
  • Essay 2: How would the BYU MPH program advance your career and personal goals? Be specific about why you are interested in a MPH at BYU. (see MPH mission statement)
  • Essay 3: The BYU Department of Public Health has a stated priority to create an environment that honors diversity and belonging for all people. How can you support or enhance our ability to achieve that priority? What could you uniquely contribute to the cohort? Applicants are encouraged to share their experiences relating to cultural background, socioeconomic background, adversity, first-generation college student, and life experiences. We do not make decisions based on gender or race.

4. Quantitative/Analytic Skills - List up to three courses on your transcript that illustrate your quantitative or analytic ability.

  • In 300 words or less, discuss specific details and examples of relevant coursework, work, research, volunteer, or other professional experiences that involved analytical and/or quantitative skills and tasks.

5. Leadership and Non-Cognitive Abilities -Complete the questionnaire provided on the online application.
6. Letter of Recommendation - Include two letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic and/or work ability. Applicants are encouraged to ask their letter writers to discuss the following in their letter: leadership skills, ability to work well with others, grit, dependability, writing, and academic ability. 
7. Resume - Upload your resume to your online application.
8. Transcripts – Upload your undergraduate transcripts demonstrating coursework completed to date. 

To access the Graduate Studies application for the Master of Public Health Program, click HERE

MAP SHEETS:

The MAP sheets below provide one possible course flow option to help students graduate in five years. There are other possible substitutions for epi, health promotion, and health science students.

Epidemiology MAP Sheet
Health Promotion MAP Sheet
Health Science MAP Sheet

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

-The Integrated BS/MPH program allows up to 12 credits to be counted toward both the BS and MPH degrees. These 12 credits must be graduate level courses (eg. an undergraduate course cannot be substituted in place of a graduate course, but a graduate course can be substituted in place of an undergraduate course). For example, a health promotion student would take HLTH 614 in place of HLTH 494, HLTH 624 in place of HLTH 434, and HLTH 688R in place of HLTH 496R. HLTH 614, HLTH 624, and HLTH 688R would count toward their undergraduate and graduate degree. For a list of possible course substitutions, click HERE.

-Students accepted into the integrated program will be charged undergraduate tuition during their Senior year. Graduate tuition rates apply for the plus one year.

For more information please email: mph@byu.edu