Bachelor of Science in Public Health—Physical Therapy Pathway (BS/DPT)

School of Arts and Sciences

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall, Spring

This 3+3 pathway allows you to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BS) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from MCPHS in six years instead of the traditional seven.

The Rewards of an Experiential Education

You will spend the first three years of this program at MCPHS Boston, after which you will be eligible to apply to the DPT program at MCPHS Worcester. Through the program’s various clinical opportunities, you will work directly with patients to help them improve their strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and overall wellness. Interprofessional educational experiences will help you learn how to collaborate with other members of a healthcare team and to work successfully in a variety of settings. The program begins in the fall.

Your Three-Year Undergraduate Journey

The knowledge and skills gained through your study of public health provide an excellent foundation for your advanced studies in physical therapy.

First-Year Experience

  • study various areas of biology and chemistry and attend associated labs
  • explore American culture and its impact on the healthcare system
  • learn calculus and expository writing

Second-Year Experience

  • develop an understanding of public health through seminar work and an exploration of cultural anthropology
  • hone your interpersonal communication skills and learn about human and health psychology
  • study anatomy and physiology and apply your knowledge in laboratory work

Third-Year Experience

  • build your knowledge of epidemiology, environment and health, and healthcare ethics
  • learn about public health policy and community health
  • study exercise physiology and the foundation of physics and apply your knowledge in laboratory work
  • students who submit a PTCAS, achieve the minimum GPA, GRE score, and course requirements are guaranteed an interview for admission into the DPT program 

The Heart of New England’s Healthcare Ecosystem

The MCPHS Public Health program was a great fit for one student’s very specific vision—improving public health and water accessibility.

Building a Career that Makes a Difference

The combination of public health and physical therapy puts you in a unique position to help individuals make transformational change.

Meet our dynamic student body

MCPHS is one of the most diverse colleges in New England.

#10 Best Healthcare Jobs

U.S. News and World Report ranks physical therapist one of the best healthcare jobs (2022)

Hands-on training

Train at our on-campus Balance, Movement, and Wellness Center, which provides free physical therapy .

Pathways to a Career in Public Health

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