Combined BSPH/MPH Degree Program

The College of Public Health offers a combined BSPH/MPH program for Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) undergraduate students with outstanding academic records to encourage the best students to pursue advanced degrees. This allows well-qualified undergraduates to start graduate study before completing their BSPH degree.

Enrolling in a combined BSPH/MPH program can reduce the total time it takes to get both a BSPH degree and an MPH degree. By enrolling in a combined BSPH/MPH program, students are eligible to overlap between 12-16 credit hours of courses taken as an graduate student toward a BSPH degree.


Students applying to the program have to be admitted into the BSPH major.

At least one year prior to applying to the combined degree program, students need to schedule a meeting with a CPH academic advisor to discuss the entire application process.

Students must meet all requirements of the Graduate School for the combined degree program program. Section II of the official Ohio State Graduate School Handbook contains up-to-date information about these requirements. Students are eligible to apply for a combined BSPH/MPH program in Public Health if:

  • They have completed at least 90 undergraduate credit hours;
  • They have a 3.5 Cumulative GPA in all previous undergraduate work; and
  • They have prerequisite training that will enable them to pursue the graduate degree program selected

Combined BSPH/MPH Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) - Public Health Sociology specialization
  and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) - Public Health Sociology specialization 
  and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Behavior & Health Promotion

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) - Environmental Public Health specialization 
  and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) - Environmental Public Health specialization 
  and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health Sciences

Curriculum Guides

Application, Admission, and Enrollment

Current undergraduate BSPH students in the College of Public Health need to complete a pre-application several months before they start the application process to the combined degree. This should take place at least one year before they enter the combined degree program. Students must apply to the MPH graduate program, following the normal graduate admission process, and indicate on the application their desire to enter the combined BSPH/MPH program. If a student is admitted to that graduate program, then they become eligible to enroll in its combined BSPH/MPH program.

Additional Information

When students apply to a combined BSPH/MPH program, they receive no preferential treatment for graduate admission merely by virtue of being an Ohio State BSPH student. They apply, and are admitted, to graduate study under the normal graduate admission criteria and processes. This means that the time at of application and the term during which they actually enroll in the combined BSPH/MPH program (after being admitted) are very important. Students should consult with their academic advisor as soon as they think they might be interested in a combined BSPH/MPH program.

Courses taken while enrolled in a combined BSPH/MPH program (i.e., while officially a graduate student) may count toward an MPH degree. So students must apply for, be admitted to, and enroll in a combined BSPH/MPH program before they can apply the credit.

Once enrolled in a combined BSPH/MPH program, students become a graduate student (in addition to remaining an undergraduate student), however students are assessed graduate student tuition and fees. Since these are higher than undergraduate tuition and fees, the result can be a financial burden. Provisions to deal with this vary by program. Students enrolled in the BSPH/MPH combined program may hold Graduate Assistantships. (GA) appointments that do not involve teaching of other students provided all other eligibility criteria are met. 

If a student holds a graduate fellowship or graduate associate position, then they must meet all graduate-credit-hour and other requirements associated with that position.

Students will have two GPA’s – one for undergraduate and one for graduate.  Students are subject to academic standards at both levels.

For more information about general program requirements and details about the application process and other issues mentioned above, students should schedule an appointment with a College of Public Health academic advisor.