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
SEMESTER HOURS

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

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

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

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

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

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

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

*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

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

MAT461

Biostatistics

3

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3


General electives

6

TOTAL


15

**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)

Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

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

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

Behavioral Sciences elective

3


Public Health electives

9


Humanities elective

3

TOTAL


15

Year IV-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

PBH 435

Public Policy and Public Health

3


Public Health electives

6

PBH 460

Field Placement

3

PBH 480

Public Health Capstone Seminar

3

TOTAL

 

 

15

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


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