BS-MPH

 

The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health offers a 5-year joint BS-MPH degree program for undergraduates majoring in Community Health, I-Health, or Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Only students who have completed their junior year but have not yet completed their senior year are eligible to apply. The curriculum, degree requirements, and faculty for the 5-year BS-MPH program (MPH portion) are the same as the regular MPH program.

  • The BS-MPH program is accelerated. Students take a heavier course load during the fifth year, called the MPH year. The MPH year consists of one Fall semester, one Spring semester, and one Summer semester.
  • BS-MPH students can count up to 12 credit hours of approved undergraduate coursework toward the MPH degree. This means that up to 12 credit hours are counted toward both the BS and MPH degrees.
  • Pre-requisite requirements: Before applying for the BS-MPH program, all community health and i-Health major applicants are required to complete the course, CHLH 274 Introduction to Epidemiology, and MUST obtain a B or higher grade in it. This pre-requisite does NOT apply to kinesiology majors.

Sequence of courses in the BS-MPH program

Senior Year (4th year)*

  1. CHLH 410 Public Health Practice (4 credits, fall term preferred)
  2. CHLH 469 Environmental Health (4 credits if taken in senior year)
  3. 400-level elective course OR one 400-level 4th MPH concentration course (3 or 4 Credits)

Fall of 5th year

  1. CHLH 540 Health Behavior Theory (4 Credits)
  2. CHLH 573 Biostatistics (4 Credits)
  3. CHLH 575 Chronic Disease Prevention (4 Credits)
  4. CHLH 579 Cultural Competence (4 Credits)
  5. CHLH 594** Professionalism in Public Health I (1 credit)

Spring of 5th year

  1. CHLH 550 Health Policy (4 Credits);
  2. CHLH 572 Principles of Epidemiology (4 Credits)
  3. CHLH 577 Health Program Evaluation (4 Credits);
  4. Elective course or 4th concentration course (at either 400 or 500-level) (3 or 4 Credits)
  5. CHLH 594** Professionalism in Public Health II (1 credit)

Summer of 5th year

  1. CHLH 587 MPH Applied Practice Experience (4 Credits)
  2. CHLH 589 MPH Integrative Learning Experience (2 Credits)

** Courses represented as 594** indicate that the course numbers are temporary.

 

*There is a possibility that some BS-MPH applicants complete one or more of senior year MPH courses (CHLH 410, CHLH 469, Elective/Concentration course) before they apply to the program. They are not required to retake the courses after entering the joint degree program and those credits will automatically be applied toward both the BS and MPH degrees.

 

Application Cycles

There are two application cycles. Both the application cycles are for the admission into the MPH year for the following Fall.

August 1st Deadline: Students may apply for this deadline, prior to beginning their senior year.

January 1st Deadline: Students may apply for this deadline, after completing the fall semester of their senior year.

Application timelines for Fall 2019 admissions into the MPH year

Fall 2019 Admissions deadlines = January 1st, 2019

  • I. August 1, 2018 Application Cycle:

    1. Students are notified about the application decisions before the beginning of Fall 2018 semester.
    2. All admitted students will register for three MPH courses in fall and spring semesters of their senior year along with their regular BS required courses. These three courses include
      • CHLH 410 (Public Health Practice),
      • CHLH 469 (Environmental Health), and
      • A 400-level elective/concentration course

      Students who already completed one or more of these three courses prior to applying for the BS-MPH program do NOT have to retake those courses.

    3. Students must complete all BS degree requirements by Summer 2019
    4. Students will transition to MPH year in Fall 2019.
  • II. January 1, 2019 Application Cycle:

    1. Students are notified about the application decisions before the beginning of Spring 2019 semester.
    2. All admitted students will register for three MPH courses in Spring semester of their senior year along with their regular BS required courses. These three courses include
      • CHLH 410 (Public Health Practice),
      • CHLH 469 (Environmental Health), and
      • A 400-level elective/concentration course

      Students who already completed one or more of these three courses prior to applying for the BS-MPH program do NOT have to re-take those courses.

    3. Students must complete all BS degree requirements by Summer 2019
    4. Students will transition to MPH year in Fall 2019.