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 epidemiology 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
  • Become eligible for grad assistantships in the spring semester of year 4
  • 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:2099 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 12 credit hours of graduate coursework
  • Semester 1 – pay undergrad tuition
  • Semester 2 – pay graduate tuition, and become eligible for grad assistantship

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 coursework 15 Gen Ed/Electives/Major Coursework 15
Semester Total 15 U   15 U
Running Total 15 U   30 U

 

Summer

Summer

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/ Major Coursework 6
Semester Total 6 U
Running Total 36

 

Second Year

Fall Semester (Semester 3)

Credits

Spring Semester (Semester 4)

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework 15 Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework 12
CPH:2099: Fundamentals of Public Health 3
Semester Total 15 U   15 U
Running Total 51 U   66 U
  • Make an appointment with the U2G program staff by the spring semester

Summer

Summer

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/ Major Coursework 6
Semester Total 6 U
Running Total 72 U

 

Third Year

Fall Semester (Semester 5)

Credits

Spring Semester (Semester 6)

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework 15 Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework 15
Semester Total 15 U   15 U
Running Total 87 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 Coursework 6
Semester Total 6 U
Running Total 108 U

 

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (Semester 7)

Credits

Spring Semester (Semester 8)

Credits

Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework 9 Gen Ed/Electives/Major coursework 3
 MPH Core Course 3 MPH Core Course 3
MPH Core Course 3 MPH Core Course 3
Semester Total 9 U / 6 G 3 U / 6 G
Running Total 117 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 Course 3
Semester Total 3 G
Running Total 15 G

 

Fifth Year

Fall Semester (Semester 9)

Credits

Spring Semester (Semester 10)

Credits

MPH Core Course 3 OEH Required Course 3
OEH Required Course 3 OEH Elective Course 3
OEH Required Course 3 OEH Elective Course 3
OEH Elective Course 3 Elective Course 3
 OEH Seminar  0 OEH Seminar 1
Semester Total 12 G   13 G
Running Total 27 G   40 G

 

Summer

Summer

Credits

CPH:7000 MPH Practicum Experience 3
Semester Total 43 G

 

 


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