Undergrad to Grad Degree Options

Students have the option to pursue the Master of Public Health (MPH) or select Master of Science (MS) degree options.

MPH Degree

The MPH Degree is the primary professional degree that will prepare students to work in the field as practitioners of public health.  Public health practitioners unite in a common goal of promoting health, preventing disease and injury, protecting the environment, and assuring optimal health services. Efforts are focused on communities and populations.

Students pursuing undergraduate education at the University of Iowa, Grinnell College, or Coe College may consider applying to a U2G program. U2G’s provide an opportunity for students interested in health sciences to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in 5 years.

Select from the following MPH subtracks:

Sample plan for all MPH subtracks

 Year 1

  • Undergraduate coursework

Year 2

  • Undergraduate coursework

Students must take CPH:1400 Fundamentals of Public Health by the end of year 2.

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

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

U2G Plan of Study Worksheet

MS Degrees

Master of Science (MS) degrees are designed to prepare students for professional career opportunities in which specialized knowledge of subjects of study are useful. Placement possibilities include employment in local, state, or federal health agencies, academic departments within Schools of Public Health or Colleges of Health Sciences, or private enterprise. MS Degrees are also good options for students who wish to pursue further education in PhD programs.

Students pursuing undergraduate education at the University of Iowa may consider applying to a U2G program in the MS degrees listed below. U2G provides an opportunity for students interested in health sciences to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in 5 years. At this time students at our partner schools are not eligible for an MS U2G.

U2G Plan of Study Worksheet


Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on July 11, 2018.