University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    Sep 29, 2022  

BS/MPH Accelerated Program, Public Health

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Students who complete this program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in an integrated program of study and research in the multidimensional aspects of population health, health promotion and disease/disability prevention. Students will complete the majority of their undergraduate degree requirements (108 credits) before taking graduate courses which will apply to both their remaining undergraduate degree requirements and their MPH degree (upon admission). MPH emphases are available in Epidemiology, Health Administration and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Health.

Contact Information

Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle, Graduate Program Director
(775) 682-7097

Admission Requirements

Qualified undergraduate students must:

  • Meet the general admission requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Have completed at least 75 units overall and designated major courses.
  • Have earned a University of Nevada grade point average of at least 3.0. 

Students interested in the BS to MPH program should:

  1. Meet with your Community Health Science advisor as early as possible by making an advisor appointment to determine if you are eligible for the BS to MPH program.
  2. Complete 75 B.S. Public Health degree credits.
  3. After undergraduate advisor approval, schedule a meeting with the MPH Graduate Director to determine your chosen MPH specialization, determine graduate course enrollment, and complete the BS to MPH powerform.
  4. Ensure submission of BS to MPH powerform to the Graduate School for approval (by June 1st to take MPH courses in the Fall, and November 1st to take MPH courses in the Spring)
  5. Following the completion of 108 undergraduate credits, register for graduate courses recommended by the Graduate Director and noted on the BS to MPH powerform.
  6. Begin your first semester as a BS to MPH student attending graduate courses.
  7. Review MPH admission requirements and prepare application.
  8. Apply to the Master of Public Health program (ONLY) through the Graduate School (by November 1st to be admitted as an MPH student in the Spring, and June 1st to be admitted as an MPH student in the Fall).

MPH admission requirements:

  1. BS Public Health degree with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  2. GRE scores (optional): The GRE is NOT required for the MPH program but may be submitted if the applicant believes it will strengthen their application.  If test scores are submitted, they should be official scores from an exam taken within the past 5 years. 
  3. Three letters of recommendation: Letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s motivation, academic capability, scholarship potential, and personal goals for graduate study.
  4. Statement of purpose: The essay should be approximately 500 words in length, outlining the student’s interest in graduate study in public health, potential research interests, career objectives, and specifying the MPH emphasis of interest (Epidemiology; Health Administration and Policy; Social and Behavioral Health)
  5. Resume or CV: Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) that demonstrates professional and/or educational health-related experience.

I. Additional Program Requirements

  1. Up to 12 units of graduate work may apply to BS degree program.
  2. Students must have an approved accelerated BS/MPH program application (BS to MPH Powerform) on file before graduate courses can be taken.
  3. Students who do not finish the requirements for the MPH will be allowed to finish their BS degree; graduate coursework completed will not revert to undergraduate credit but may be used to satisfy undergraduate requirements.
  4. Students begin graduate coursework in the fall semester after completing 108 undergraduate units.
  5. Only those graduate credits approved to meet specific undergraduate degree requirements will contribute to the credit requirements to receive undergraduate financial aid. The graduate-level courses will require payment of graduate credit tuition. Students should discuss their financial aid options with the office of Financial Aid
  6. A Program of Study (POS) must be completed after the student’s first semester as a graduate student in the program. 

Continuation Requirements

To continue in an accelerated program, students must maintain a University of Nevada grade point average of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate courses, and at least a 3.0 in graduate courses. Students whose undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0 and/or whose graduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation within the accelerated program for one semester. If they raise their GPA to meet the standards above, they will be removed from probation and returned to good standing. If after one semester, students are not able to raise their GPA sufficiently, they will be removed from the accelerated program. Students who have been removed from an accelerated program may pursue bachelors and masters degrees through normal requirements.

II. Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Students must complete a bachelor’s degree before advancing to graduate standing and/or receiving research or teaching assistantships. Students are expected to meet regularly with their advisor to ensure they are progressing appropriately.

III. Financial Issues

The 12 graduate credits approved to meet undergraduate degree requirements apply towards full-time status as an undergraduate student. Undergraduate financial aid is not available to students in accelerated programs after their undergraduate degree has been posted. 

View program requirements for the Public Heath, M.P.H, with specializations in Epidemiology, Health Administration and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Health. Public Health, M.P.H. 

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