4+1 Accelerated Bachelors and Masters Programs

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences offers a 4+1 Acccelerated Bachelor + Master degree program to eligible undergraduates. Students must choose a concentration in Community Health Education (CHE), Epidemiology (EPI), or Health Policy and Management (HPM). The program is rigorous and demanding and is designed to offer high achieving undergraduate students a quick path to a terminal graduate degree.

Students interested in the new Accelerated Bachelors/Masters degree programs in Epidemiology should contact Brian Whitcomb.

Students graduating from the CHE or HPM program will have both a B.S. and an M.P.H. degree, for a total of 162 credits. 

CHE and HPM Eligibility:

• Students interested in the 4+1 apply at during their first semester of junior year (63-credit minimum).
• Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
• Students are required to take 18 credits in both their junior and senior years; this includes 2 graduate courses for each semester of senior year.
• Summer after graduation includes completion of the required M.P.H. practicum and a graduate elective course.
• Students are required to have 9 credits of a public health internship. This should, ideally, be completed in the junior year.
• Application to the 4+1 program does not entitle student to enter the M.P.H. program directly. As a senior, students will still have to apply formally to the Graduate School, take the GRE test, and comply with all application requirements as usual.
• NOTE: Regular tuition does not cover summer requirements.

CHE and HPM Course Sequencing:

In order for students to complete the 4+1 B.S./M.P.H. degree, the following is a suggested distribution of course credits:

1st Semester - Credits15151818-including 2 grad courses (from MPH core requirements)3 credit Practicum and 1 grad elective (taken online)12 (can vary)
2nd Semester - Credits15181818-including captsonte and 2 grad courses (from MPH core requirements) 12 (can vary)


CHE and HPM Application Process:

4+1 Program Application, unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation should come from faculty or an internship/work supervisor. Applications are due October 15th. Final decisions will be made by end of November and students notified by email.

If you have questions about any of the program requirements, please contact:

Undergraduate Program Director
Gloria DiFulvio
Arnold House, Room 302
Phone: (413) 545-4535
Email: gloria@schoolph.umass.edu