4+1 BA GLS / MPH GPH

The Global Liberal Studies program and the School of Global Public Health offer a 4+1 program to enable students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Liberal Studies (GLS) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Biostatistics, Community Health Science & Practice, Environmental Public Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, Public Health Policy & Management, Social and Behavioral Sciences. Both GLS and GPH have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary study and challenge students to enhance and focus their opportunities for learning and  help them build a meaningful career in public service.  This accelerated program is designed for academically strong students with an equally strong commitment to public leadership. In addition, the 4+1 BA-MPH program will position students well for entry into the field of public health, as it helps them find practical application for their ambitions to engage in the work of the public sphere.

How it Works

Students admitted to the 4+1 BA/MPH program will accelerate their progress to the MPH degree by earning 15 MPH credits during their undergraduate program. These 15 credits comprise 5 of the 6 MPH required core courses. Students may double count these 15 credits toward both the BA and the MPH degrees. Students who wish to pursue an MPH concentration in Biostatistics, Community Health Science & Practice, Epidemiology, or  Social and Behavioral Sciences must complete an additional 2 MPH courses (6 credits) during their undergraduate studies in order to complete the BA/MPH in 5 years. These 6 credits will not be double-counted as they will be transferred into the MPH degree. Specific courses are indicated in the course sequences below. No undergraduate courses may be counted towards the MPH degree.

Students who pursue the 4 + 1 will have a total of 159 credits and two degrees at the end of the 5 years. Taken separately, both degrees would take a minimum of six years and a total of 174 credits. 

Who Should Apply?

Admission to the 4+1 BA/MPH program is open to GLS students who have completed 64 units toward the BA degree, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have completed the equivalent of a college level pre-calculus course. Prior to the 5th year (the MPH year), students will complete an online form via SOPHAS (the centralized application service for public health) in order to be officially matriculated into the MPH portion of the 4 + 1. Students who pursue the 4 + 1 should understand that this is an intensive program, essentially eliminating one year of what would normally take 6 years to complete (4 years of undergraduate coursework plus 2 years of MPH coursework).

Questions?
Students may email GLS Advisor, Jonathon White at jonathon.white@nyu.edu or GPH Advisor at gph.studentaffairs@nyu.edu. When reaching out to the Student Affairs office please include your name n# and which MPH concentration you are interested in. 

Steps to Take during the 4 + 1:
 

Year 1Student completes GLS First-Year Program.
Year 2Student speaks with adviser about participation in the BA-MPH dual degree. At the end of the sophomore year, the student completes the dual degree application.
Year 3Student completes 12 credits of MPH coursework along with GLS  coursework
Year 4Student completes 12-13 credits of MPH coursework along with GLS coursework and senior thesis.
Year 5Student completes the remaining 21-22 credits of MPH coursework, which includes 180 hours of public health practice and a thesis/research paper.

Concentration-specific Course Sequences 

 

Note: in summer semester and semesters where >18 credits are taken, additional costs will be incurred.

Biostatistics

The Biostatistics concentration teaches you to apply statistical reasoning and methods to the analysis of public health, health care, and biomedical, clinical and population-based data.

You’ll apply descriptive and inferential methodologies to answer research questions and harness the concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions. You’ll learn to implement and interpret the appropriate analytic methods or methodological alternatives to calculate key measures of association in public health research studies.

Biostatistics 4 + 1 Program Sequence:

(NOTE: students pursuing the Biostatistics concentration must take GPH-GU 2353 and GPH-GU 2286 or 2183 + 2184 prior to Year 5 of the 4 + 1)

When planning out the courses, students should be aware that there are several selective options as follows:
 

Choose one of the following (3-4 credits)
Note: While you must take either 2286 or (2183 and 2184) as a requirement, you may take the other as an elective with approval.
GPH-GU 2286 Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Computing (3)
GPH-GU 2183 Introduction to Statistical Programming in R (2) and GPH-GU 2184 Intermediate Statistical Programming in R (2) - please note that students who choose this option will take one less elective credit

Choose one of the following (3 credits):
GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research & Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2387 Survey Design, Analysis, and Reporting (3)

Choose one of the following (3 credits):
Note: While you must take either 2480 or 2368 as a requirement, you may take the other as an elective.
GPH-GU 2480 Longitudinal Analysis of Public Health Data (3)
GPH-GU 2368 Applied Survival Analysis (3)

Choose one of the following (3 credits):
GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiology Design & Methods (3)
GPH-GU 3225 Statistical Inference (3)
APSTA-GE-2012 Causal Inference (3)

Junior Fall (18 credits)Junior Spring (19 credits)
GPH-GU 5190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3)
GLS coursework (16 credits)
Senior Fall (15 credits)Senior Spring (19 credits)

GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2353 Regression I: Linear Regression and Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
GLS coursework (16 credits)

Summer - 180 hours of public health practice (6 credits)

GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy and Management (1.5) 
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)

Note: students should work with their GPH advisors on their plans for summer and their MPH year. These courses are always offered over the summer, as well as one or two electives. Students may take one or more of these courses if they would like to lighten their course load for the MPH year.

MPH Fall year (13-14 credits)MPH Spring year (12-13 credits)
GPH-GU 2286 Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Computing (3) - OR - GPH-GU 2183 Introduction to Statistical Programming in R (2)   
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2354 Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2387 Survey Design, Analysis, and Reporting (3) - OR - GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research & Practice (3)
Group A Elective (3)*
GPH-GU 2184 Intermediate Statistical Programming in R (2) - students who did not take GPH-GU 2183 do not need to take this course; this course is offered in January and Spring
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2480 Longitudinal Analysis of Public Health Data (3) - OR - GPH-GU 2368 Applied Survival Analysis (3)
Group B Elective (2-3)*
Group B Elective (2-3)*
Group B Elective (2-3)*

* students in the Biostatistics concentration may electives find Group A and Group B electives on the bottom half of this page
 

Community Health Science & Practice 

The Community Health Science and Practice concentration within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences prepares you to collaboratively develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies that promote healthy communities and health equity.

You’ll learn to assess health issues among diverse population groups in the US and globally to develop and implement population-based health programs that improve health and reduce inequities. Throughout your coursework, you’ll apply a social ecological framework to population-based intervention strategies, as well as the assessment of social, cultural, economic, environmental and institutional factors that contribute to health among diverse populations.

Community Health Science & Practice 4 + 1 Program Sequence:

(NOTE: students pursuing the Community Health Science & Practice concentration must take GPH-GU 2361 and GPH-GU 2415 prior to Year 5 of the 4 + 1)

Junior Fall (18 credits)Junior Spring (19 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 5995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5415 Community-Based Health Interventions (3)
GLS coursework (13 credits)
Senior Fall (15 credits)Senior Spring (19 credits)
GPH-GU 5190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
GLS coursework (16 credits)

Summer - 180 hours of public health practice (6 credits)

GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy and Management (1.5) 
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)

Note: students should work with their GPH advisors on their plans for summer and their MPH year. These courses are always offered over the summer, as well as one or two electives. Students may take one or more of these courses if they would like to lighten their course load for the MPH year.

MPH Fall year (11 credits)MPH Spring year (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
Elective (3)*
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research Into Practice (3)
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*

* students in the Community Health Science & Practice concentration may take any GPH-GU course as an elective, pending any prerequisites or concentration restrictions.
 

Environmental Public Health 

The Environmental Public Health concentration is housed within the department of global health and anticipates the global marketplace demand for expertise in both environmental health research and practice, focusing on developing skills in analyzing and managing complex issues through both research and applied practice.

As a student in the program, you’ll develop a deep understanding of current global policy and practice, and the ability to advance sustainable, equitable, scalable solutions to environmental challenges. Your core and elective courses will encompass Systems Science, Applied Global Health, and Sustainability.

Environmental Public Health 4 + 1 Program Sequence:

Junior Fall (18 credits)Junior Spring (18 credits)
GPH-GU 5190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
Senior Fall (18 credits)Senior Spring (17 credits)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
GLS coursework (14 credits)

Summer - 180 hours of public health practice 

GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy and Management (1.5) 

Note: students should work with their GPH advisors on their plans for summer and their MPH year. These courses are always offered over the summer, as well as one or two electives. Students may take one or more of these courses if they would like to lighten their course load for the MPH year.

MPH Fall year (14 credits)MPH Fall year (14 credits)
GPH-GU 2265 Climate Change and Global Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*
GPH-GU 2220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3)
GPH-GU 5210 Global Health Disaster Preparedness & Response (3)
GPH-GU 2280 Environmental Health Assessments & Interventions (3)
GPH-GU 2360  Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
Elective (3)*

* students in the Environmental Public Health concentration may take any GPH-GU course as an elective, pending any prerequisites or concentration restrictions.

 

Epidemiology

The Epidemiology concentration trains students to become public health professionals that possess the ski
lls to critically analyze and understand how individual, social and structural factors shape population-level health and well-being.

Our foremost goal is to provide rigorous education and training in the conceptual and practical applications of epidemiological methods for the next generation of public health leaders. Students are also encouraged to work with faculty mentors, community-based organizations as well as local, state and federal public health agencies to make important connections as well as gain the skills required to become public health leaders.

Epidemiology 4 + 1 Program Sequence:

(NOTE: students pursuing the Epidemiology concentration must take GPH-GU 2353 and GPH-GU 2450 prior to Year 5 of the 4 + 1)

Junior Fall (18 credits)Junior Spring (18 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
Senior Fall (18 credits)Senior Spring (19 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2353 Regression I: Linear Regression and Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2450 Intermediate Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
GLS coursework (13 credits)

Summer - 180 hours of public health practice (6 credits)

GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy and Management (1.5) 
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)

Note: students should work with their GPH advisors on their plans for summer and their MPH year. These courses are always offered over the summer, as well as one or two electives. Students may take one or more of these courses if they would like to lighten their course load for the MPH year.

MPH Fall year (11 credits)MPH Spring year (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiology Design & Methods (3)
GPH-GU 2354 Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis (3)
Elective (3)*
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research and Practice (3)
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*

* students in the Epidemiology concentration may find electives on the bottom half of this page.


Global Health

The goals of the Global Health Concentration are to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to take on leadership roles in public health settings around the globe. The concentration trains you to engage with local and international organizations to design and implement effective global health programs. The program will also prepare you to become a leader in the field of public health by applying strategic principles of ethical reasoning and professional practice to advance health equity and social justice around the world.

Global Health 4 + 1 Program Sequence:

Junior Fall (18 credits)Junior Spring (18 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 5153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
Senior Fall (18 credits)Senior Spring (17 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
GLS coursework (14 credits)

Summer - 180 hours of public health practice

GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management & Leadership (1.5)

Note: students should work with their GPH advisors on their plans for summer and their MPH year. These courses are always offered over the summer, as well as one or two electives. Students may take one or more of these courses if they would like to lighten their course load for the MPH year.

Fall 5 - MPH year (14 credits)Spring 5 - MPH year (14 credits)

GPH-GU 5380 Data-Driven Decision Making in Global Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global  Health (3)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*
GPH-GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3)
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*

*  students in the Global Health concentration may take any GPH-GU course as an elective, pending any prerequisites or concentration restrictions.
 

Public Health Policy & Management

The Department of Public Health Policy and Management offers two specializations: (1) Public Health Policy and (2)Public Health Management. The department aims to develop leaders who will influence policy and manage organizations to improve and protect the public’s health. You will be prepared to develop, implement, and evaluate policies and management strategies in health care and public health. If you are interested in working with government agencies, nonprofits, or private health care organizations that seek to advance public health, these concentrations are suited to your career goals.

Like all MPH students, you will take the core public health courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral determinants of health, environmental health, and the essentials of public health biology. You will then select a concentration in either Public Health Management or Public Health Policy.

Policy 4 + 1 Program Sequence:

Junior Fall (18 credits)Junior Spring (18 credits)
GPH-GU 5190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership (1.5)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
Senior Fall (18 credits)Senior Spring (17 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
GLS coursework (14 credits)

Summer - 180 hours of public health practice

GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)

Note: students should work with their GPH advisors on their plans for summer and their MPH year. These courses are always offered over the summer, as well as one or two electives. Students may take one or more of these courses if they would like to lighten their course load for the MPH year.

MPH Fall year (14 credits)MPH Spring year (14 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*
GPH-GU 2155 Public Health Policy (3)
GPH-GU 2294 Designing & Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2282 Health Economics (3)
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)

* students in the Policy concentration may find electives on the bottom half of this page.

Management 4 + 1 Program Sequence:

Junior Fall (18 credits)Junior Spring (18 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership (1.5)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
Senior Fall (18 credits)Senior Spring (17 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
GLS coursework (14 credits)

Summer - 180 hours of public health practice

GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)

Note: students should work with their GPH advisors on their plans for summer and their MPH year. These courses are always offered over the summer, as well as one or two electives. Students may take one or more of these courses if they would like to lighten their course load for the MPH year.

MPH Fall year (14 credits)MPH Spring year (14 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2248 Teams and Strategy in Public Health Management (3)
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2294 Designing & Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2276 Public Health Financial Management (3)
GPH-GU 2282 Health Economics (3)
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)

* students in the Management concentration may find electives on the bottom half of this page.


Social and Behavioral Sciences

The research-based Social and Behavioral Sciences track within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences prepares you to critically assess and explain major theories, trends, and debates regarding the relationship between socially structured inequalities and health.

You’ll address existing challenges to achieving health equity at the behavioral, community and societal levels, and apply methods, analytic tools, and ethical principles to design and improve public health research and evaluation.

Social and Behavioral Sciences 4 + 1 Program Sequence:

(NOTE: students pursuing the Social & Behavioral Sciences concentration must take GPH-GU 2353 and GPH-GU 2450 prior to Year 5 of the 4 + 1)

Junior Fall (18 credits)Junior Spring (18 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GLS coursework (12 credits)
GPH-GU 5361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GLS coursework (15 credits)
Senior Fall (18 credits)Senior Spring (19 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GLS coursework (12 credits)

GPH-GU 2353 Regression I: Linear Regression and Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
GLS coursework (16 credits)

Summer - 180 hours of public health practice (6 credits)

GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy and Management (1.5) 
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)

Note: students should work with their GPH advisors on their plans for summer and their MPH year. These courses are always offered over the summer, as well as one or two electives. Students may take one or more of these courses if they would like to lighten their course load for the MPH year.

MPH Fall year (11 credits)MPH Spring year (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy & Research (3)
GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative & Field Methods (3)
GPH-GU 2354 Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*
Elective (3)*

* students in the Social & Behavioral Sciences concentration may find electives at the bottom half of this page.