Bachelor of Science in Public Health/Master of Public Health (4+1 BSPH/MSPH)

The University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) and the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) offer a 4+1 program that combines a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) and a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH). SONHS academically-qualified juniors are eligible to apply to the MSPH program. If accepted, students complete the combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 5 years. 

Applicants must be enrolled in the BSPH program with the SONHS and apply separately into the 4+1 BSPH/ MSPH. Applicants must be in good academic standing as defined by the School of Nursing at the time of submission. Acceptance into the BSPH program does not in any way indicate or guarantee acceptance to the MSPH degree program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) admissions requirement is waived for the BSPH students. 

Accepted students take 12 credits of master’s level (600) Public Health courses during their undergraduate senior year, not to exceed 6 credits per semester. These 600 level credits count towards the MSPH degree., Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the graduate level courses in order to matriculate into the MSPH program. The summer following the completion of the BSPH degree, students may take 3 to 6 graduate-level credits at the 600 level Public Health courses and then take the required the following fall and spring semesters to complete the 45 credit MSPH degree.

BSPH students must apply through SOPHAS during the undergraduate junior year by March 1 to start the MSPH program in the fall. Admission decisions regarding the entry of BSPH students into the MPH program are made solely by the Admissions Committee of the Department of Public Health Sciences.   

BSPH students interested in pursuing the 4+1 program must meet with their undergraduate advisor to develop an academic plan. The advisor will also explain the policies and procedures of the program and link the student with the graduate program advisor.

Admission Requirements

SONHS academically-qualified juniors are eligible to apply to the MPH program. Applicants must be enrolled in the BSPH program with the SONHS and apply separately into the 4+1 BSPH/MSPH. Applicants must be in good academic standing as defined by the School of Nursing at the time of submission. Acceptance into the BSPH program does not in any way indicate or guarantee acceptance to the MSPH  degree program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) admissions requirement is waived for the BSPH students. 

BSPH students must apply through SOPHAS during the undergraduate junior year by March 1 to start the program in the fall. Admission decisions regarding the entry of BSPH students into the MSPH program are made solely by the Admissions Committee of the Department of Public Health Sciences.   

BSPH students interested in pursuing the 4+1 program must meet with their undergraduate advisor to develop an academic plan. The advisor will also explain the policies and procedures of the program and link the student with the graduate program advisor.

Curriculum Requirements

BSPH DEGREE (120-121 credits)
Area of Proficiency
English Composition
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Mathematics
Mathematics: MTH 107 or higher3
Statistics: BPH 202 or other approved statistics course3
Social Science
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
One additional approved social science elective3
Modern Language
One modern language course at or above the 200 level3
Natural Science
BIL 150
BIL 151
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
5
Chemistry (choose one option below)4-5
CHM 103
CHM 105
Chemistry for the Health Sciences I
and Chemistry for the Health Sciences I (Laboratory)
4
CHM 121
CHM 113
Principles of Chemistry
and Chemistry Laboratory I
5
Areas of Knowledge
Arts & Humanities9
People & Society *0
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)9
Major33
BPH 206Introduction to Public Health3
BPH 208Introductory Epidemiology3
BPH 305Issues in Health Disparities3
BPH 309Health and Environment3
BPH 310Global Health3
BPH 321Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
BPH 352Biological Principles of Public Health3
BPH 465Public Health Statistics and Data Management3
BPH 490Field Practicum in Community Health3
Major Elective **3
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills ***0
Electives ****
MSPH DEGREE (45 credits)
Core Courses
EPH 600Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health3
EPH 601Medical Biostatistics I4
EPH 602Biostatistics II3
EPH 617Disease Prevention and Health Promotion3
or EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior
EPH 621Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
EPH 631Public Health Administration3
or EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems
EPH 641Environmental Health3
Choose two Methods Courses 16
Elective Courses 211
EPH-600, 700 level course not already listed
BST-600, 700 level courses not already listed
Research Thesis Project
EPH 698MSPH Thesis Proposal3
EPH 699MSPH Thesis 33
Total Credit Hours165-166

BSPH degree

This is only a sample.  There are numerous ways students can create plans of study for the public health major.  Students should feel empowered to use the information listed in the Academic Bulletin and the Student Handbook to take charge of their education, pursue their own academic interests, and create their own, unique plans of study.

The School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) recommends students create their own plan of study that accounts for their ENG, MTH, and modern language placements and incorporates their major, minor, and cognate interests.  Once students draft their initial plan of study, they are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in the Office of Student Services (OSS) to review their plan, address any questions or concerns, discuss areas for improvement, and brainstorm ways to integrate research experiences, study abroad opportunities, global initiatives, graduate school requirements, and career preparation experiences.

The sample plan of study listed below is based on the following ENG, MTH, and modern language placement information and major, minor, and cognate selections:

  • ENG placement: ENG 105
  • MTH placement: MTH 101
  • Modern Language placement: SPA 101
  • Major(s): Public Health
  • Minor(s): None
  • Cognates
    • Art & Humanities: Popular Culture (RAU = English)
    • People & Society: Public Health major (RAU = Nursing & Health Studies)
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Biology and Chemistry for Pre-Health Sciences (RAU = Chemistry)

MSPH degree 

BSPH students will complete 12 of 45 graduate-level credits (6 in spring and 6 in fall) for the MSPH during their senior year of undergraduate studies. This requires special permission from advisors and deans. The remaining MSPH credits will be completed during the summer, fall, winter intersession, spring, and summer semesters immediately following graduation from the BSPH program.

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BPH 206 Introduction to Public Health (W) 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BPH 208 Introductory Epidemiology 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 107 Precalculus Mathematics I 3
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
BIL 150
BIL 151
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
5
BPH 202 Introductory Statistics in Health Care (W) 3
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
Major Elective (*) 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
BPH 310 Global Health (W) 3
CHM 121
CHM 113
Principles of Chemistry
and Chemistry Laboratory I
5
ENG 383 The Literature of Science Fiction 3
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
Fall
AMS 322 Topics in American Studies: Literature 3
BPH 321 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (W) 3
BPH 352 Biological Principles of Public Health 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BPH 309 Health and Environment (W) 3
BPH 322 Introduction to Health Policy 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
BPH 465 Public Health Statistics and Data Management (W) 3
GSS 210 Popular representations of Queer sexualities 3
Major Elective (*) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
EPH 600 Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health 3
EPH 617 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 3
 Credit Hours21
Spring
BPH 305 Issues in Health Disparities 3
BPH 490 Field Practicum in Community Health (W) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems 3
 Credit Hours21
Year One
Summer
EPH 614 or 652 Global Outbreak
or Health Policy
3
 Credit Hours3
Year Two
Fall
EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I 4
EPH 641 Environmental Health 3
EPH 651 Research Methods 3
EPH 698 MSPH Thesis Proposal 3
Elective in public health 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
EPH 602 Biostatistics II 3
EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods 3
EPH 699 MSPH Thesis 3
Elective in public health 2
Elective in public health 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours166