Health Sciences (BS)/Health Communication (MA)

The BS in Health Sciences and MA in Health Communication is a combined degree offered through the College of Science and Health and the College of Communication.

Students with junior status who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in their Health Sciences courses, have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have successfully completed three 300 level courses in the Public Health Studies or BioScience major curriculum in Health Sciences may apply for the combined BS Health Sciences/MA Health Communication program.  Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by June 1 (priority deadline): BS/MA Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, answers to essay questions, writing sample (research paper), and two letters of recommendation from professors in Health Sciences and/or College of Communication.

Students in Health Sciences will take all of the required courses for the undergraduate major.  During their senior year, students in this program take a maximum of twelve graduate credit hours as three Health Communication courses; these graduate courses apply toward both undergraduate Health Sciences and graduate Health Communication requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to take the following three HTHC core courses during their senior year: HTHC 515, HTHC 516, HTHC 517.    In the Public Health Studies concentration, HTHC 515 INTRO TO HEALTH COMMUNICATION can replace CMNS 315 HEALTH COMMUNICATION.  In BioScience, HTHC 515 INTRO TO HEALTH COMMUNICATION will  count as an elective in the major. The other two graduate courses will count as either major electives or open electives for either concentration. 

Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior.  If a student fails to meet the minimum grade requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program. 

Students can defer their graduate admission for one year after they earn their BS.  If students do not matriculate after completing their BS degrees or within the one year deferral period, the graduate courses taken as undergraduate students will no longer count towards the graduate degree and students must reapply for admission to the graduate program. 

Because this program requires careful planning of courses, students in their sophomore year are encouraged to work with the Health Sciences academic advisor in the College of Science and Health and a graduate advisor in the College of Communication. 

While students are enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Science and Health, they must apply for undergraduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their BS in Health Sciences at the conclusion of their fourth year of study.  While students are enrolled as graduate students in the College of Communication, they must apply for graduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their MA.

Health Sciences (BS)/ Master of Public Health (MPH)

Interested students may apply to this combined degree program during the start of their Junior year at DePaul. The student will need to be a Health Sciences major in the Public Health Studies concentration with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.  Application to the Master of Public Health program includes a 1-2 page personal statement and a current CV. The GRE requirement will be waived. Students must present a plan for their remaining quarters at DePaul to confirm that they can complete all degree requirements. 

This combined program maintains the rigor and value of both the undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the College of Science and Health and the Master of Public Health from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, so that students are earning exceptional training at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The advantage to this program is that students can earn their BS in Health Sciences degree and an MPH in as few as five years.

In year four, accepted students take undergraduate courses toward the BS, graduate courses toward the MPH, and graduate courses that will count toward both degrees. The student will be awarded the BS at the end of the fourth year. The fifth year will solely consist of courses for the MPH. 

Because this program requires careful planning of courses, students in their sophomore year are encouraged to work with the Health Sciences academic advisor in the College of Science and Health and a faculty advisor from the MPH program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. 

While students are enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Science and Health, they must apply for undergraduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their BS in Health Sciences at the conclusion of their fourth year of study.  While students are enrolled as graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, they must apply for graduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their MPH.

In the event that they are not accepted into the MPH program, students would take the remaining requirements in their fourth year to earn the BS in Health Sciences. They are then encouraged to apply for the MPH program as a traditional applicant. 

The MPH curriculum will be completed in its entirety and is unaltered by this program. 

The following courses in the BS Health Sciences/Public Health Studies curriculum will be replaced by graduate level courses:

Health Science Requirements

MPH Course

One PHS Track Elective

 

MPH 501 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH

HLTH 310 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 

MPH 502 INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY

SOC 373 Public Health & High Risk Behavior (PHS Track Elective)

MPH 511 HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR THEORY

Health Ethics course

MPH 515 PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS AND POLICY

Statistics course  

MPH 541 BIOSTATISTICS

 

A sample course plan for years 4 and 5 would be as follows:

Year 4

Autumn December Winter Spring
HLTH 350 (major core) MPH 515 Concentration elective Concentration elective
Concentration elective Concentration elective Open elective
MPH 501 MPH 511 / PSY 511 MPH 522
MPH 541 MPH 502 MPH 512
MPH 600 * MPH 600 * MPH 600 *

* MPH 600 is a zero credit class taken each quarter of the 1st year of MPH

Year 5

Autumn December Winter Spring
MPH 513 MPH elective MPH 603 (practicum) MPH 604 (practicum)
MPH 602 (practicum) MPH 525 MPH 503
MPH 699 ** MPH 699 ** MPH 699 **

**MPH 699 is a zero credit course taken each quarter of the 2nd year of MPH

Unique to this combined program only, a maximum of five courses as 20 quarter hours may be applied toward both the BS in Health Sciences and toward the MPH.  Courses in bold are those which apply toward both the BS and MPH. All other graduate courses count solely towards MPH.

If the student is admitted and has completed some MPH coursework, but decides not to complete the MPH, then completed MPH courses will count toward the undergraduate degree and any remaining Health Sciences courses will be finished at the undergraduate level.

Students will also be carefully advised as to the financial implications of this program as the timing of courses affects when students would be counted as graduate students for purposes of tuition and eligibility for financial aid. Students will be considered graduate students for tuition-purposes beginning in Spring Quarter of the fourth year. During that quarter, the student will take two undergraduate courses on a per-credit basis (concentration elective and open elective) and graduate courses (MPH 522, MPH 512, MPH 600). Once the undergraduate degree is conferred at the end of Spring Quarter of the fourth year, then the student is eligible for the Double Demon Scholarship - see DePaul's Scholarship website for details. Students will also be told that if they already have a significant scholarship as an undergraduate, they can finish out the regular four-year BS academic program and then apply for the regular two-year MPH program.