MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health – Undergrad to Grad

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

  • Time to completion is five years instead of six.
  • Apply course credit to both programs
  • Saves an average of $10,000 in one year of tuition and fees
  • Gain skills in the critical areas needed by employers
  • Increase opportunities for career advancement

Admissions

Students are required to have a 3.25 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 3.25 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 3.25 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)

Credits

Spring Semester (semester 2)

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework15Gen Ed/Electives/Major Coursework15
Semester Total15 U 15 U
Running Total15 U 30 U

Summer

Summer

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/ Major Coursework6
Semester Total6 U
Running Total36

Second Year

Fall Semester (Semester 3)

Credits

Spring Semester (Semester 4)

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework15Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework12
  CPH:1400 Fundamentals of Public Health3
Semester Total15 U 15 U
Running Total51 U 66 U
  • Make an appointment with the U2G program staff by the spring semester

Summer

Summer

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/ Major Coursework6
Semester Total6 U
Running Total72 U

Third Year

Fall Semester (Semester 5)

Credits

Spring Semester (Semester 6)

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework15Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework15
Semester Total15 U 15 U
Running Total87 U 102 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

Summer

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/Major Coursework6
Semester Total6 U
Running Total 108 U

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (Semester 7)

Credits

Spring Semester (Semester 8)

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework9Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework3
MPH Core Course3MPH Core Course3
MPH Core Course3MPH Core Course3
Semester Total9 U / 6 G 3 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

Summer

Credits

MPH Core Course3
Semester Total3 G
Running Total15 G

Fifth Year

Fall Semester (Semester 9)

Credits

Spring Semester (Semester 10)

Credits

MPH Core Course3OEH Required Course3
OEH Required Course3OEH Elective Course3
OEH Required Course3OEH Elective Course3
OEH Elective Course3Elective Course3
OEH Seminar 0OEH Seminar1
  Interprof Educ & Pract for MPH0
Semester Total12 G 13 G
Running Total27 G 40 G

Summer

Summer

Credits

CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience1
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience2
Semester Total43 G