4+1 BA Gallatin / MPH GPH

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the School of Global Public Health offer a 4+1 program to enable students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Gallatin’s Individualized Major and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Global Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences or Public Health Nutrition. Because both the Gallatin School and GPH have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary study, this partnership is desirable for faculty and students in both programs.

By challenging students to enhance and focus their opportunities for learning, while also helping them to build a meaningful career in public service, this 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 an MPH degree with a concentration in Biostatistics or Global Health by earning 15 credits of the 46 credits required for the MPH during their undergraduate program. Students pursuing a concentration in Epidemiology, Social & Behavioral Sciences or Public Health Nutrition will accelerate their progress to an MPH degree by earning 18 credits of the 46 credits required for the MPH during their undergraduate program. These 15-18 credits, for some concentrations, comprise the six MPH required core courses. Students may count up to 15 of these credits toward both the BA and the MPH degrees. Full-time students in the Biostatistics or Global Health concentration who complete five MPH required courses as part of the BA degree, and full-time students in the Social & Behavioral Science, Epidemiology, or Public Health Nutrition concentrations who complete six MPH core courses while also earning the BA degree, can complete both degrees within five years and a total of 159 credits. Taken separately, both degrees would take a minimum of six years and a total of 174 credits.

Students in the 4+1 BA/MPH program must earn grades of C or higher in all the MPH graduate courses to receive credit toward the MPH and also maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA during the remainder of their Gallatin program. If either standard is not met, the student would be subject to extra review and may be dismissed from the 4+1 program, but would be able to earn the BA upon completion of the requirements for that degree.

Who Should Apply?

Admission to the 4+1 BA/MPH program is open to Gallatin undergraduate 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.

4+1 students can take a maximum of 15 units of the 46 units required for the MPH during their undergraduate program that will count toward both the BA and the MPH degrees. However, for four of the six MPH concentrations, it is highly recommended that students take a sixth course during their fourth year in the program in order to complete the dual degree in five years. This sixth course will NOT count towards their undergraduate degree.

Students who wish to concentrate in Biostatistics: To complete both the BA and the MPH with a concentration in Biostatistics in five years, students must complete three MPH required courses and two Biostatistics required courses as part of the undergraduate BA program. Students who complete fewer than five courses will extend the time it takes to complete both degrees beyond five years.

Students who wish to concentrate in Global Health: To complete both the BA and the MPH with a concentration in Global Health in five years, students must complete five MPH required courses as part of the undergraduate BA program. Students who complete less than five courses will extend the time it takes to complete both degrees beyond five years.

Students who wish to concentrate in Social & Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology, or Public Health Nutrition: To complete both the BA and the MPH in five years, students must complete six MPH required courses as part of the undergraduate BA program, only five of which will count for both degrees. Students who complete less than six courses will extend the time it takes to complete both degrees beyond five years.

Students in all concentrations must earn a grade of C or better for the course to be applied to the MPH degree.

PLEASE NOTE: Undergraduate-level Public Health courses do not count toward the MPH degree, and therefore may not be substituted for any of the graduate-level required courses listed below.

 

Gallatin students must take five of the six MPH courses below1:

GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)*
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership (1.5)*
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)

*GPH-GU 2110 and GPH-GU 2112 must be taken at the same time

1While at Gallatin, 4+1 Biostatistics students will take GPH-GU 2106, GPH-GU 2286, GPH-GU 2353, GPH-GU 2995 and must select (2110 and 2112) or 2140 or 2153 or 2190

Full-time students in the 4+1 program who complete five MPH required core courses as part of the BA degree, can complete both degrees in five years by completing 159 credits – 128 credits for the BA and an additional 31 credits for the MPH. (Taken separately, the Gallatin BA requires 128 credits and the MPH requires 46 credits, for a total of 174 credits taken over six years.) Below are outlines for the overall dual degree program, and detailed plans for each of the five concentrations available once a student has decided on their path within the MPH program.

Note: all students follow the same timeline for the first three years, regardless of intended concentration within the MPH, and it is in year four (senior year of the BA program) where timelines diverge.

 

4+1 Program Outline

Year 1

Student completes Gallatin First-Year Program.

Year 2

Student 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 3

Student completes 6 MPH credits: GPH-GU 2140 (Fall) and GPH-GU 2153 (Spring) along with Gallatin courses.

*4+1 Biostatistics students (9 MPH credits):

  • Fall - GPH-GU 2286 (3 credits) and GPH-GU 2995 (3 credits)
  • Spring - GPH-GU 2353 (3 credits)
Year 4

Student completes 9-12 credits in MPH core courses according to charts below, and all degree requirements for the Gallatin BA.

*4+1 Biostatistics students (6 MPH credits): 

  • Fall - GPH-GU 2106 (3 credits)
  • Spring - 3 credits worth of MPH core courses
Year 4 (Summer)

Student completes 6 credits in core/elective MPH courses and engages in practical experience, according to MPH concentration (see breakout below).

Year 5 (Fall/Spring)

Student completes remaining 25 credits of courses and remaining degree requirements for the MPH degree – which may include 180 hours of public health practical experience and a thesis/research paper (see breakout below).

 

Biostatistics

Year 3 Fall (BA courses + 6 MPH credits)
GPH-GU 2286 Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Computing (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)

Year 3 Spring (BA courses +3 MPH credits)
GPH-GU 2353 Regression I: Linear Regression and Modeling (3)

Year 4 Fall (BA courses +3 MPH credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)

Year 4 Spring (BA courses + 3 MPH credits)
3 credits of MPH core courses

Year 4 Summer (6 credits)
Practice (180 hours of practical experience)
*Students are required to take 6 credits of MPH core courses

Year 5 Fall (14 credits)
Remaining 3 credits of MPH core courses
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2354 Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis (3)
Concentration Elective (3): Group A Methods 
Choose one of the following two courses (3 credits):

  • GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research & Practice (3)
  • GPH-GU 2387 Survey Design, Analysis and Reporting (3)  

GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 2175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)

Year 5 Spring (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
Choose one of the following two courses (3):

  • GPH-GU 2480 Longitudinal Analysis of Public Health Data (3)
  • GPH-GU 2368 Applied Survival Analysis (3)

Concentration Elective (6 credits): Group B: Statistics
GPH-GU 2185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

*4+1 students are required to take GPH-GU 2286, therefore they have the option of taking GPH-GU 2183 and 2184 as part of their electives, in consultation with their advisor.



Global Health

Year 4 Fall (BA courses + 6 MPH credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Global Health Policy & Management (3)

Year 4 Spring (BA courses + 3 MPH credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)

Year 4 Summer (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
Elective (3)

Year 5 Fall (14 credits)
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health Leadership (3)
GPH-GU 2621 Capstone: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 2171 Global Health Informatics (0)
GPH-GU 2175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 2180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)

Year 5 Spring (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative & Field Methods (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 2622 Capstone: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)


 

Public Health Nutrition

Year 4 Fall (BA courses + 6 MPH credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Global Health Policy & Management (3)

Year 4 Spring (BA courses + 6 MPH credits)*
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)

Year 4 Summer (3 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)

Year 5 Fall (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2115 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 2171 Global Health Informatics (0)
GPH-GU 2175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 2180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)

Year 5 Spring (13 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (4)
GPH-GU 2213 Public Health Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU Human Metabolism (3)
GPH-GU 2275 Advanced Nutrition Epidemiology
GPH-GU 2185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)


 

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Year 4 Fall (BA courses + 6 MPH credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Global Health Policy & Management (3)

Year 4 Spring (BA courses + 6 MPH credits)*
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)

Year 4 Summer (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
Elective (3)
180 hours of applied practice

Year 5 Fall (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative & Field Methods (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 2171 Global Health Informatics (0)
GPH-GU 2175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 2180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)

Year 5 Spring (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression & Multivariable Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy & Research (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 2185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)


 

Epidemiology

Year 4 Fall (BA courses + 6 MPH credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)

Year 4 Spring (BA courses + 6 MPH credits)*
GPH-GU 2110 Global Health Policy & Management (3)
GPH-GU 2450 Intermediate Epidemiology (3)

Year 4 Summer (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
Elective (3)
180 hours of applied practice

Year 5 Fall (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiology Design & Methods (3)
Elective (3)
Concentration course (3)
GPH-GU 2171 Global Health Informatics (0)
GPH-GU 2175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 2180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)

Year 5 Spring (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression & Multivariable Modeling (3)
Concentration course (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 2185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

 

*Note that as the 4+1 BA/MPH program only allows for a maximum of 15 credits to count for both degrees, in this semester only 3 of these credits (one of the two courses) will count towards both the BA and MPH. Both will count towards the MPH.