Luther Bachelor of Arts to UI MPH – Undergrad to Grad

The combined undergrad to grad program makes it possible for students to earn a BA from Luther College and an MPH degree from the University of Iowa in five years. Benefits of pursuing the combined degrees include:

  • Students can further explore their interest in the field of public health.
  • Time to completion is five years instead of six.
  • Shorter completion time saves tuition.


The Luther student will apply to the MPH Program by the second semester of their junior undergraduate year. At which point students must have completed 80 s.h. and have a 3.25 GPA (3.5 for the Department of Epidemiology). At the time of entry into graduate standing, students must have a 3.0 GPA. For more information, please visit the application process page.

For additional information please visit the Luther MPH cooperative degree program website.

Coursework and Deadlines by Year and Semester

Year 1:

  • Luther coursework

Year 2:

  • Luther coursework
  • UI course – CPH:1400, Fundamentals of Public Health (online)*

Year 3:

  • Luther coursework (students must have 80 semester hours after fall semester)
  • Apply to UI MPH Program by February 1st

Year 4:

  • Luther coursework
  • UI courses:
    • Fall: 6 semester hours – Biostatistics (online) and Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (online)
    • Spring: 6 semester hours – Global Environmental Health (online) and Epidemiology I (online)
    • Summer: 6 semester hours – Intro to Public Health (online) and Intro to US Healthcare (online)

Year 5: UI MPH courses on UI campus