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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As a public health specialist, you have the power to help protect the health of populations around the globe working in areas such as vaccine availability, health related legislation, clean air and water accessibility, addictive or dangerous substance issues, and more.

In this full-time, four-year program, you’ll work with world-class educators to develop knowledge in public health along with a strong foundation in the basic sciences, liberal arts and an informed sense of healthcare issues. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to begin your meaningful career or continue your education at the graduate level.

Graduates of this program may wish to continue their education at the graduate level with our Master of Public Health program offered at our Boston campus or online.

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the lock-step nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Entry to Year II:

  • General Biology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Calculus I & II (8 credits) Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)

 

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages) General Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, English, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Government, Ethics, Foreign Language, Psychology, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Communications, and Economics)
  • Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper-level psychology course)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)

Year I-Fall

COURSE TITLE S.H
YEAR I - FALL
BIO 150L Biology I Laboratory 1
BIO 151 Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology 3
CHE 131 Chemical Principles I (w/ lab) 4
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT 151 Calculus I 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 1
TOTAL 15
YEAR I - SPRING
BIO 152 Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab) 4
CHE 132 Chemical Principles II (w/ lab) 4
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
MAT 152 Calculus II 3
LIB 133 American Culture, Identity and Public Life 3
TOTAL 17
YEAR II - FALL
PBH 250 Introduction to Public Health 3
HSC 310O Healthcare Informatics 3
LIB 120 Introduction to Psychology 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
General elective 3
TOTAL 15
YEAR II - SPRING
HSC 301O Health Promotion 3
BIO 255 Medical Microbiology w/ Lab 4
SSC 230 Cultural Anthropology 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Professions 3
General elective* 3
TOTAL 16
YEAR III - FALL
LIB 220 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals 3
MAT461 Biostatistics 3
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
General electives** 6
TOTAL 15
YEAR III - SPRING
BIO 405 Plagues of the Past, Present, and Future 3
PBH 330 Epidemiology 3
PBH 340 Environment and Health 3
General elective 6
TOTAL 15
YEAR IV -FALL
Behavioral Sciences elective 3
Public Health electives 9
Humanities elective 3
TOTAL 15
YEAR IV - SPRING
PBH 435 Public Policy and Public Health 3
PBH 460 Public Health electives 6
PBH 480 Field Placement 3
TOTAL 15

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 123 sh (128 with premed minor)

YEAR II - SPRING: *Students choosing a premed minor substitute organic chemistry for general electives (Adds 2sh to the program):

CHE 231 - Organic Chemistry I (w/lab) (4 semester hours)
CHE232/4 - Organic Chemistry II (w/lab) (4 semester hours)

YEAR III - FALL: **Students choosing a premed minor substitute the following for general electives in Year III (Adds 3 sh to the program):

BIO 360 Cellular Biochemistry** (4 semester hours)
PHY 280/280L Physics I w/ Lab** (4 semester hours)
PHY 284/284L Physics II w/ Lab** (4 semester hours)


Public Health Required Core Courses 31 sh:

COURSE TITLE

HSC 301O

Health Promotion

BIO 255

Medical Microbiology w/ Lab

BIO 405

Plagues Past, Present and Future

HSC 310

Healthcare Informatics

MAT 461

Biostatistics

PHB 250

Intro to Public Health

PHB 330

Epidemiology

PHB 340

Environment and Health

PBH 435

Public Policy and Public Health

SSC 495

Evolution of the Health Professions

Public Health Electives (5 must be chosen from this category, 15 sh):

COURSE TITLE

BEH 250

Health Psychology

BEH 260

Behavioral Health

BEH 454

Stress and Illness

BIO 260

Molecular Biology

BIO 455

Advanced Microbiology (w/ lab)

PBH 335

Human Sexuality

PBH 420

Community Health

PSB 320

Introduction to Healthcare Delivery

PSB 425

Healthcare Management

SSC 432

Medical Anthropology

SSC 444

Cigarettes in American Culture

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