MPH in Epidemiology – Undergrad to Grad

The combined undergrad to grad program makes it possible for students to earn an undergraduate degree and an MPH in epidemiology in five years. Benefits of pursuing the combined degrees include:

  • Time to completion is five years instead of six.
  • Saves one year of graduate tuition and fees
  • Become eligible for graduate assistantships in the second year
  • Gain skills in the critical areas needed by employers
  • Increase opportunities for career advancement
  • Graduate coursework may count toward total undergraduate hours

Admissions

Students are required to have a 3.5 GPA at time of application and at 3.00 GPA at time of entry into graduate standing. For more information, please visit the application process page.

Coursework and Deadlines by Year

You must take CPH:1400 Fundamentals of Public Health in either fall or spring by Year 3.

 Year 1

  • Undergraduate coursework

Year 2

  • Undergraduate coursework

Year 3

  • Undergraduate coursework
  • Must complete 80 semester hours of undergraduate coursework by the end of the fall semester to be eligible to apply.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Take GRE exam by Jan. 15.
  • Apply by February 1st for fall admission

Year 4

  • Complete bachelor program
  • Take up to 15 credit hours of graduate coursework

Bachelor’s degree conferred

Year 5

  • Complete graduate coursework

Master’s degree conferred

Admissions

Students are required to have a 3.50 GPA at time of application and at 3.00 GPA at time of entry into graduate standing. The program is only available to University of Iowa undergraduate students. For more information, please visit the application process page.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year

fall Semester (Semester 1)CreditsSpring Semester (Semester 2)Credits
Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework15Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework15
Semester Total15 U15 U
Running Total15 U30 U

Summer

SummerCredits
Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework6
Semester Total6 U
Running Total36 U

Second Year

fall Semester (Semester 3)CreditsSpring Semester (Semester 4)Credits
Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework15Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework12
CPH:2099: Fundamentals of Public Health3
Semester Total15 U15 U
Running Total51 U66 U
  • Make an appointment with the U2G program staff by the spring semester

Summer

SummerCredits
Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework6
Semester Total6 U
Running Total72 U

Third Year

fall Semester (Semester 5)CreditsSpring Semester (Semester 6)Credits
Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework15Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework15
Semester Total15 U15 U
Running Total87 U102 U
  • Must have 80 SH and a 3.5 GPA by fall in order to apply to the MPH program. Additionally, GRE must be taken no later than Dec 1 of third year.
  • Students apply for the MPH program by February 1 of their Junior Year.

Summer

SummerCredits
Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework6
Semester Total6 U
Running Total108 U

Fourth Year

fall Semester (Semester 7)CreditsSpring Semester (Semester 8)Credits
Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework9Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework3
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics (MPH Core Course)3EPID:4450 Public Health Data2
EPID:5400 Epidemiology I: Principles (MPH Core Course)3EPID:6400 Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods4
Semester Total9 U / 6 G3 U / 6 G
Running Total117 U / 6 G 120 U / 12 G
  • Fourth year tuition will be Undergraduate in Fall, Graduate in the Spring. Bachelor’s degree conferred in Spring

Summer

SummerCredits
HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System (MPH Core Course)3
Semester Total3 G
Running Total15 G

Fifth Year

fall Semester (Semester 9)CreditsSpring Semester (Semester 10)Credits
PATH:8133 Intro to Human Pathology for Graduate Students4EPID:5241 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology4
EPID:5540 Surveillance Mechanisms and Applications3EPID:5600 Intro to Epi Data Management and Analysis3
OEH:4240  Global Environmental Health (MPH Core Course)3EPID Electives3
CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health (MPH Core Course)3CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (MPH Core course)3
EPID:5580 Public Health Laboratory Techniques1
CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience1
Semester Total13 G3 U / 6 G
Running Total28 120 U / 12 G

Summer

SummerCredits
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience2
Semester Total2 G
Running Total45 G