CSU students majoring in the Health and Exercise Science concentrations of Sports Medicine or Health Promotion have the opportunity to complete their BS degree and a Master of Public Health degree in just 5 years! And with healthy lifestyles being such an important factor in preventing illness and disease, this is a great combination of degrees that can lead to many different career paths in the field of public health such as wellness coordination, epidemiology, health education, and many more.

How can you complete both degrees in 5 years? This is possible by having students take some of the graduate MPH classes as an undergraduate student, and having these classes count toward both degrees. The following shows how the MPH classes would count toward the BS degree:

MPH courses taken as a BS student (maximum of 11 credits)How MPH courses apply to BS degree (maximum of 11 credits)
*PBHL 516: Public Health Foundations (2 cr.)Elective (2 cr.)
*PBHL 550: Applied Behavior Change Theory (3 cr.) HES 354 Theory of Health Behavior (3 cr.)
Choose up to 6 credits:
ERHS 501: Biological basis of Public Health (2 cr.)
FSHN 500: Food Systems, Nutrition and Food Security (2 cr.)
FSHN 525: Nutrition Education Theories and Practice (2 cr.)
FSHN 530: Principles of Nutrition and Metabolism (3 cr.)
FSHN 561: International Nutrition (2 cr.)
*PBHL 520: Health Systems Management and Policy (3 cr.)
*PBHL 530: Environmental and Public Health Policy (3 cr.)
PBHL 540: One Health in Public Health (3 cr.)
PSY 517: Perspectives in Global Health (3 cr.)
PSY 515: Women’s Health (3 cr.)

*Core required MPH courses that apply to all MPH concentrations
Health Promotion or Sports Medicine Guided Electives (up to 6 cr.)


Students will apply in their sophomore or junior year, when they have at least one full academic year left before they will graduate. Eligible students should also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30.


There is one application cycle per year with a February 1 application submission due date. Students apply online to the Colorado School of Public Health through a system called SOPHAS. There are more details about the application process on the BS/MPH web page. You will need to select your CSU MPH concentration of interest at the time that you apply, but this can be changed later as you get closer to finishing your BS degree and enter the MPH program. You can read about the different concentrations on our website.


If you are interested in learning more about the BS/MPH program you can email Kendra Bigsby, Assistant Director, at kendra.bigsby@colostate.edu. She can address any questions that you have or you can arrange a time to meet with her. You can also check our BS/MPH program web page for information session dates and register to attend an upcoming session.