The Public Health Program offers an Accelerated Undergraduate (UG) to Master of Public Health (MPH) Program for exceptional Virginia Tech UG students from any major who wish to start taking graduate-level (MPH) coursework during their UG senior year and then finish the MPH degree with just one additional year of study.

  • Students interested in the UG/MPH will complete a Minor in Public Health using a defined path for Accelerated UG/MPH Students (see curriculum tab below).
  • Students will apply to the MPH program during the spring of their junior year (January 5) and be admitted to the UG/MPH in time to enroll in MPH courses beginning in the fall semester of their senior year.
  • Students will take 12 MPH credits during their senior year that can double-count both for undergraduate and graduate credit. 
    • A minimum grade of B must be earned in each course to be double counted. Courses must not be taken pass-fail if a graded option is available.
  • Virginia Tech undergraduate students from any major may apply.
  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 in the last 60 credit hours. Applicants with a GPA below a 3.5 may be provisionally accepted, but must have a 3.5 GPA by the end of the spring semester of junior year.  
  • Students must complete two undergraduate public health courses (PHS 2004 Introduction to Public Health, 3 credits; PHS 4014 Public Health Program Planning, 3 credits) by the fall of their junior year. These courses are taken only for undergraduate credit.
    • A minimum grade of B must be earned in each course for the student to be considered for the UG/MPH.
  • Applicants must apply in spring (January 5) of their junior year.
  • Applicants must submit the complete MPH application through the online Virginia Tech Graduate School admissions websiteSelect your MPH start date as the semester following completion of your undergraduate degree (Summer I).
    • The Virginia Tech Graduate School waives the application fee for prospective students that meet certain criteria. The waiver criteria and waiver application can be found here
  • Application materials include: 
    • Personal statement, 1-2 pages, uploaded in the online application
    • Resume or CV, uploaded in the online application
    • GRE Scores, The institution code is 5859, and there is no department code. There is no minimum score for MPH applications; however, to ensure competitiveness, applicants are encouraged to have at least a score of 150 on the verbal section and 150 on the quantitative section. The MPH program waives the GRE admissions requirement in certain circumstances. You can find the waiver criteria and the waiver application here
    • 3 academic or professional letters of recommendation, to be completed in the online application, or mailed or emailed to the department. One letter of recommendation from the student's undergraduate advisor is required. 
  • Complete and submit the Graduate School's Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree and Course Designation form after submitting your online application.
  • Selected applicants will be invited for interview prior to final admissions decision.
  • By Undergraduate Junior Year - Spring Semester
    • It is expected that prospective UG/MPH students complete two undergraduate public health courses by the end of fall of their junior year before applying to the program. Students that have not taken these courses before the spring semester of junior year, but have a demonstrated interest in public health by taking other public health-related courses, have public health experience, etc. should discuss their coursework/experience with the program and may be given the option to take these courses after junior year completion. However, all UG/MPH students are required to take these courses. These courses only count for undergraduate credit. A minimum grade of B must be earned in each course for the student to be considered for the Accelerated UG/MPH Program. 
      • PHS 2004 - Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
      • PHS 4014 - Public Health Program Planning (3 credits)
  • Undergraduate Senior Year
    • Twelve credits total will be taken in the senior year and count to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. A minimum grade of B must be earned in each course to be double counted. Courses must not be taken pass-fail if a graded option is available. Students will participate in the MPH advisor assignment process Fall of their Undergraduate Senior Year
      • Undergraduate Senior Year – Fall Semester (5 credits)
        • PHS 5054 - Public Health Leadership and Interprofessionalism (2 credits)
        • PHS 5025 - Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods in Public Health I (3 credits)
          Note: This course is held the first half of the semester 
      • Undergraduate Senior Year – Spring Semester (7 credits)
        • PHS 5034 - Health Behavior and Health Education (3 credits)
        • PHS 5044 - Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
        • PHS 5025 - Preparation for Public Health Practice I (1 credit)
  • Summer after Undergraduate Graduation – Officially an MPH student
    • MPH Summer Session I
      • PHS 5964 - Public Health Practice Experience (3 credits)
    • MPH Fall Semester (14 credits)
      • PHS 5004 - Foundations of Public Health (1 credit)
      • PHS 5026 - Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods in Public Health II (3 credits)
        Note: This course is held the second half of the semester
      • PHS 5024 - Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods in Public Health Lab (1 credit)
      • PHS 5334 - Principles of Infectious Disease (3 credits) OR PHS 5212 - Program Development in Health Education (3 credits)
      • PHS 5344 - Neglected and Emerging Infectious Disease (3 credits) OR PHS 5254 - Social Epidemiology and Health Inequalities (3 credits)
      • PHS 5324 - Public Health Infection Control and Prevention (3 credits) OR PHS 5204 - Principles of Community Health Education (3 credits)
    • MPH Spring Semester (13 credits)
      • PHS 5014 - Environmental Health (3 credits)
      • PHS 5314 - Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits) OR PHS 5644 - Program Evaluation (3 credits)
      • PHS 5036 - Preparation for Public Health Practice I (1 credit)
      • PHS 5934 - Public Health Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) (3 credits)
      • XXX XXXX - Required elective (3 credits)
  • MPH Degree Completion and Graduation – Total 42 credits

 

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VT UG-MPH Course Sequencing_8-26-19.pdf