The combined Bachelor’s/MPH degree program is available to exceptional UF undergraduate students from any college and major, and who have a demonstrated interest in working in the public health field. Through this program, up to 15 semester hours of approved graduate level MPH courses are used as dual credit for both the undergraduate and graduate degree, allowing students to get a 15-credit head start on MPH coursework while still working on their undergraduate degree!
Students accepted into the combination degree program can begin taking their pre-identified MPH classes in fall or spring semester at the start of their final year of undergraduate studies. All other requirements for both the Bachelor’s degree and the MPH degree must be met. (View the graduation requirements for the MPH program here.)
Prospective combined degree students must be able to take at least 9 credits (maximum of 15 credits) of MPH coursework with their undergraduate degree. If this is not possible, students are advised to instead apply to the traditional MPH program in their final year of undergraduate studies.
Application Process and Criteria
Admission to the MPH combination degree program is competitive. The number of students accepted into the program depends on the application cycle and space available. Most concentrations accept between 2 and 5 students each cycle. Applicants must apply to only one of the five primary MPH concentrations:
- Environmental Health
- Population Health Management
- Social & Behavioral Sciences
Minimum requirements for application are listed below, as well as qualities that make an applicant more competitive:
- Minimum: Current UF undergraduate from any major
- Competitive applicants will also have noteworthy and relvant volunteer, service, or other public health-related experiences, excellent letters of recommendation, and a clear interest in the program and concentration.
- Minimum: Overall GPA of 3.2
- Competitive applicants will have at least a 3.6 GPA
- Minimum: Completed STA 2023, BSC 2005 or BSC 2010, and PSY 2012 with a grade of at least a C
- Competitive applicants will have at least a B average in these courses
- Most concentrations also consider the students’ demonstrated ability to learn statistics (e.g., as indicated by higher grades in statistics and mathematics courses)
How to apply:
A complete application will include:
- Combined bachelor’s master’s degree request form
- Up-to-date transcripts documenting all college level work
- Current resume
- At least two letters of recommendation (three letters are suggested)
- At least one letter must be from a faculty member or course instructor
- Personal statement addressing your:
- interest in the public health field
- interest in the UF MPH program
- fit with your chosen concentration
Submit a complete application (all of the above) electronically to Amanda Kastner at email@example.com
Additional Requirement: Once accepted into the MPH combination degree program, the student will also need to apply to the UF Graduate School; however, do not take this step until after you have received acceptance into the combination degree program.
Timing of Application/Admission
Students who anticipate graduating with their undergraduate degree in a Spring semester must submit their combination degree application by June 1st the year prior to graduation. Applications received after the deadline may not receive full consideration. Students who anticipate graduating in Summer or Fall semesters should reach out to Amanda Kastner as soon as possible to discuss the timing of their application.
Within 1-month after the application deadline, students will receive a decision letter from the MPH program. Accepted students will also be notified to pick up the combination degree form from the MPH program office. Accepted students must return this completed and signed combination degree form to their undergraduate academic advising office to ensure proper filing with the registrar’s office to receive credit for the shared coursework. The Public Health Program will register students for their public health courses.
Students with questions about the application process or the MPH program can reach out to Amanda Kastner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 283-6094.