BS & MPH Dual Degree Program

Are you interested in promoting and protecting the health of individuals and communities? Do you have an interest in health, but maybe prefer a non-clinical option? If this seems to fit your interests then a degree in public health could lead you to some amazing career opportunities.

CSU offers a combined BS/MPH degree program where you can receive your bachelor’s degree and the Master of Public Health degree in 5 years. This is a full year less than it would take you to complete the two degrees separately. This is possible by having some of your courses apply to both of the degrees.

If you enroll in a CSU bachelor’s degree in one of the following majors then you could be eligible to apply for this combined BS/MPH degree program:

In your sophomore or junior year of your undergraduate program, you can apply for the BS/MPH combined degree program. If you apply during your junior year you could potentially run into course conflicts with your BS courses and the MPH courses that you need to be taking. This could mean that you aren’t able to transfer as many undergraduate credits to be applied to your MPH degree. The admissions criteria include:

  • Sophomore or Junior standing (you will not graduate with your BS degree before May of the year after you submit your application)
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.30
  • Evidence of statistical/math competency (e.g. undergraduate statistics course; research methods course; completion of university math requirements such as calculus, college algebra and other MATH courses; academic research or lab work; elective courses taken; undergraduate minors; internship, practicum or thesis; description of quantitative skills in one of the letters of recommendation)

There is one admissions cycle per year. The application deadline for Fall 2021 is 11:59pm MST on March 1, 2021. If you’d like to apply for the BS/MPH degree program for Fall 2021 you will submit the following application materials to Lily Doniger, administrative assistant, at The CSU BS/MPH application form, unofficial transcript, resume/CV, and the personal statement should be sent together in one email. (Note that applicants for Fall 2022 will follow a different application process)

Send together in one email to Lily Doniger (

  • Application form
  • Unofficial CSU transcript
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement (no more than 2 pages, double spaced, with at least 11-point font) describing why you’re interested in the MPH program and how completing this program will help you to achieve your career goals. Your essay should also include:
    • the CSU MPH concentration you wish to apply to
    • highlights of any relevant public health experience that you have obtained through volunteering, class projects, research, jobs, travel abroad, internships, or anything else
    • a brief description of your quantitative abilities, which can be through math, science, statistics or research methods classes taken, research conducted, projects, jobs, internships or anything else.

To have sent directly to Lily Doniger ( by outside institutions and references:

  • Letters of Recommendation: We require 3 letters of recommendation, with one of the three being from a faculty advisor or academic advisor (letters of recommendation need to be sent by email to Lily Doniger directly from the person providing the recommendation and not by the student; have letters sent to
  • International coursework: If international coursework not specifically labeled as Study Abroad, was not previously evaluated by WES and the WES evaluation was not previously submit as part of your undergraduate admissions, the international transcript will need to be evaluated by WES and the WES evaluation sent to Lily Doniger by mail or email. However, if the transcript was already evaluated by WES and the WES evaluation is already part of your record in the CSU system, you do not need to provide any additional documentation.

Questions pertaining to the application requirements, admissions processes, or the dual degree program should be sent to Kendra Bigsby, assistant director, at

Application reviews will take place in March and admissions decisions will be sent out by the end of March. Any offer of admission will be conditional upon maintaining an undergraduate GPA of 3.30 and receiving a grade of B- or better in the graduate MPH courses taken as an undergraduate student for transfer to the MPH degree program.

BS/MPH students can choose to apply to any of the MPH concentrations (excluding dual degrees and the Health Communication concentration). You can view the BS/MPH curricular plans for all of the CSU concentrations by clicking on one of the concentrations below:

Animals People and the Environment


Global Health and Health Disparities

Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles

Public Health Nutrition

Students will take 4 MPH courses as an undergraduate student and have these courses count towards both their BS degree and their MPH degree. How these courses fit into each of the eligible CSU majors can be found in this document: MPH Courses and BS Requirement

While you are still in your undergraduate program you will continue to meet with your BS degree advisor about completing your BS degree requirements. If you are admitted to the BS/MPH program you will also meet once per semester with our MPH Graduate Advisor as you work toward transitioning to the MPH program.

While you are completing your BS degree you will continue to pay tuition and fees to CSU and at the CSU undergraduate tuition rate. Once you transition to the MPH program you will become a student through the CU Denver Anschutz Medical campus and you will pay the Colorado School of Public Health tuition rate for the remainder of your MPH credits. Your tuition bill will reflect the cost per MPH credit, and there is no cap on the number of credits you are billed for. If you transfer the maximum of 11 credits of approved coursework from your BS program to your MPH program, you will have a total of 31 credits left to take through the ColoradoSPH to complete your MPH degree. You will also be billed for CSU graduate student fees, so you will continue to have access to services at the CSU campus including the CSU Health Network, the Rec Center, the CSU Career Center, and others.

Information on scholarships and other funding opportunities can be found HERE.

MPH students are required to have health insurance. You can either go through the health insurance waiver process if you have your own health insurance that you’d like to use, or you can purchase the CSU student health insurance.

If you are a current CSU undergraduate student and you have questions about our 4+1 program please get in touch with Kendra Bigsby, Assistant Director, at or at 970-491-5800. You can email your questions to Kendra or you can ask to schedule a time to speak with her.

We will also be hosting information sessions throughout the year for undergraduate students to learn more about the 4+1 program and have an opportunity to ask questions. Dates for upcoming information sessions will be posted here and shared with the Academic Support Coordinators.

Register for an information session here

INFORMATION SESSION DATES: (will be held virtually on Zoom)

  • Wednesday, January 13, 10-11am MST
  • Friday, January 15, 3-4pm MST
  • Friday, January 22, 1-2pm MST
  • Tuesday, January 26, 10-11am MST
  • Monday, February 1, 8-9am MST