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Bachelor of Science in Public Health — Occupational Therapy Pathway (BS/MSOT)

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As an occupational therapist, you have the power to help people regain independence in their daily lives. This program allows you to begin your education focused on your career goals, so you’ll be well prepared to start treating patients on the first day of your new career.

In this professional pathway, you have the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from MCPHS in five years instead of the traditional six. You'll spend the first three years on the MCPHS - Boston campus before transitioning to the MCPHS - Manchester campus where you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in our advanced simulation laboratories and through a wide range of clinical experiences both on and off campus. You’ll learn how to build or restore patients’ abilities to perform daily tasks and educate them to optimize their independence. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam and begin your rewarding career.

Already have a bachelor's degree? Check out our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program on our Manchester, NH campus.

First-year 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 block registration 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:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. 

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 HistoryEnglish, 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)

The knowledge and skills gained through the Public  Health program provides an excellent foundation for the MS in Occupational Therapy program and for a career in occupational therapy. Students in this pathway will complete three years at the Boston campus before moving on to the Manchester, NH campus to complete the MSOT program.



BIO 150 Biology 1 Lab 1
BIO 151 Biology I: Cell & Molecular 3
CHE 131 Chemical Principles I w/lab 4
ITM 101 Intro to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT 151 Calculus I 3
Total Semester Hours


BIO 152 Biology II: Organisms (w/lab) 4
CHE 132 Chemical Principles II (w/lab) 4
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 133 American Culture 3
MAT 152 Calculus II 3
Total Semester Hours


BIO 110 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO 110L Anatomy & Physiology I lab 1
LIB 120 Intro to Psychology 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
PBH 206 Public Health Seminar 1
PBH 250 Intro to Public Health 3
Total Semester Hours


BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIO 210L Anatomy & Physiology II lab 1
HUM XXX Humanities elective 3
PBH XXX Public Health elective 3
SSC 230 Cultural Anthropology 3
SSC 495 Evol of Health Professions 3
Total Semester Hours 16


BEH 352 Human Development 3
BIO 345O Exercise Physiology (w/lab) 4
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
MAT 461 Biostatistics 3
PBH 420 Community Health 3
Total Semester Hours 16


BEH XXX Child Development 3
BEH 350 Abnormal Psychology 3
PBH 330 Epidemiology 3
PBH 340 Environment & Health 3
PBH 435 Public Policy & Public Health 3
Total Semester Hours
YEAR IV: Should the student continue in the Public Health program in Year IV the
following coursework will allow them to complete the requirements for the BS Public Health degree.


BEH 260 Behavioral Health OR HSC 301O Health Promotion
OR General Elective*
BIO 255 Medical Microbiology (w/lab) 4
HSC 310O Healthcare Informatics 3
PBH XXX Public Health Elective 3
PBH XXX Public Health Elective 3
Total Semester Hours 16


BEH 260 Behavioral Health OR General Elective 3
BIO 405 Plagues Past, Present, Future 3
PBH 460 Field Placement 3
PBH 480 Public Health Capstone Seminar 3
PBH XXX Public Health Elective 3
Total Semester Hours

Academic Progression

  • * BS in Public Health students are required to complete either BEH 260 Behavioral Health (currently offered during fall and spring semesters) or HSC 301O Health Promotion (currently offered only during fall semester).
  • Students must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Bolded courses fulfill MS in Occupational Therapy prerequisites.

Striving to Improve Lives

Nick Gilbert OT ’18

Nick Gilbert, Occupational Therapy, shares his inspiration for pursuing a future as an occupational therapist.