Health Science, BS/MPH

BS in Health Science/MPH—Master of Public Health

The Department of Health Sciences offers a combined undergraduate BS in health science and a master of public health in urban health. This program allows undergraduate health science majors to complete both degrees in a shorter amount of time than it would take to do each program separately. Students in the combined degree program will meet the core curriculum requirements for both a BS and an MPH degree. Fifteen credits of the MPH degree are taken during the final undergraduate year, and the MPH degree is completed over one additional year.

Undergraduate students can enter the PlusOne Accelerated Master’s (BS/MPH) program via two ways:

  • Undergraduate health science majors apply to the PlusOne program through the graduate school’s Apply Yourself system in the spring semester of their junior year.
  • Those students who were offered conditional acceptance into the PlusOne program as part of their undergraduate acceptance automatically matriculate into the program if they maintain at least a 3.500 cumulative GPA, take a health-related co-op, and officially commit in the spring semester of their junior year. No additional application is required through the graduate school.

Once admitted, students may count a maximum of 16 semester hours of graduate credit toward the undergraduate degree. Consult the department for information on this program.

Note: This curriculum reflects only course work to be taken as an undergraduate student. For additional course work to be taken as a graduate student, see the graduate program in the Northeastern University Graduate Catalog.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

YEAR 1
PHTH 1260The American Healthcare System4
or PHTH 1261 Comparative Healthcare Systems
HSCI 1000College: An Introduction1
BIOL 1111
and BIOL 1112
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
5
BIOL 1113
and BIOL 1114
General Biology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1113
5
MATH 1241Calculus 14
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
Complete one of the following:5
General Chemistry for Health Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1101
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
Complete one of the following:5
Organic Chemistry for Health Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1104
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing ((grade of C or higher is required))4
YEAR 2
PHTH 2350Community and Public Health4
Complete one of the following:4
Foundations of Biostatistics
and Recitation for PHTH 2210
Statistics and Software
Complete two of the following:10
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1117
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1119
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 2321
BIOL 2323
and BIOL 2324

and
Select one of the following:4
Nutrition
Contemporary Issues in Nutrition
Nutrition Service Learning
HSCI 2000Professional Development for Bouvé Co-op1
YEAR 3 (4-YEAR OPTION) OR YEARS 3 AND 4 (5-YEAR CO-OP OPTION)
PHTH 2300Communication Skills for the Health Professions4
or PHTH 2301 Communication Skills for the Health Professions—Global
HLTH 5450Healthcare Research4
PHIL 1165Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare4
ENGW 3306Advanced Writing in the Health Professions4
FINAL YEAR
PHTH 5212Public Health Administration and Policy3
PHTH 5540Health Education and Program Planning4
HSCI 4700Health Science Capstone Introduction0
Complete one of the following:4
Health Science Capstone
Health Science Capstone—Service
Health Science Capstone—Research
PHTH 6204Society, Behavior, and Health3
PHTH 5120Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States3
PHTH 5212Public Health Administration and Policy3
PHTH 6200Principles and History of Urban Health3
Complete one of the following:3 or 4
Epidemiology
Biostatistics in Public Health
Environmental Health
Urban Community Health Assessment

Electives

Complete eight general electives.32
It is strongly recommended that preclinical students take the following course as one of their electives:
Basic Skills for the Healthcare Professional
and Lab for HLTH 1200

Health Science Major Grade Requirement

A grade of C or higher is required in all health science courses (HLTH, HSCI, and PHTH subject areas).

Program Requirement

135 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required in all graduate courses