Combined Degrees: Health Science B.S./Public Health M.P.H.

The College of Health & Wellness offers students an opportunity to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees through its Combined Degrees: Health Science B.S./Public Health M.P.H. program.  This program enables qualified students to earn, in a continuous plan of study, both a B.S. degree in Health Science and a Master of Public Health degree in as little as five years.

Qualified students are able to complete five core Master of Public Health graduate courses that will count toward their undergraduate Health Science degree. Visit the Health Science B.S. degree and Master of Public Health degree program pages for program descriptions and outcomes.


Eligible undergraduate students who would like to pursue the Combined Degrees: Health Science B.S./Public Health M.P.H. program should apply directly for the program by the end of their second year to take maximum advantage of this accelerated option. Qualified students who elect the Combined Degrees: Health Science B.S./Public Health M.P.H. program as an undergraduate student must fulfill all admissions requirements for entrance into the intended graduate program and complete a graduate program application. 

Health Science

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
BIO1011General Biology - Cellular3
BIO1016General Biology Laboratory - Cellular1
BIO1022General Biology - Organismal3
BIO1026General Biology Laboratory - Organismal1
BIO2003Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO2006Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory1
BIO2013Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO2016Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
HSC1010Introduction to Health Professions1
HSC1100Determinants of Health3
HSC1230Introduction to Public Health3
HSC2400Research Methods for Health Science3
HSC4900Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone3
Major Electives
Choose 11-12 credits from the following: BIO, CHM, ESS, HSC, PHYS, PSYC, SCI, SOC *11-12
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 6 credits from the following:6
College of Health & Wellness Internship Ic
Directed Experiential Education D
Study Abroad Sa
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
CHM1011General Chemistry I3
CHM1016General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM1022General Chemistry II3
CHM1026General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CULN2414Cooking for Health and Wellness3
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT or REL
Precalculus **
Introduction to Biostatistics
Social Sciences6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, RES or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
3 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university3
Graduate Courses ***
HSC5020Foundations of Public Health3
HSC5080Health and Healthcare ****3
HSC5120Health Trends3
HSC5150Chronic Disease Prevention and Control3
HSC5220Insights into Vulnerable Populations3
Total Credits122.0-123.0

Students selecting to focus in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant should consult with their faculty advisor prior to registration. 


Students that do not place in MATH1030 Precalculus, will need to take an extra course, MATH1020 Fundamentals of Algebra, as a prerequisite. If needed this will count as an A&S elective.


Students use 6 credits from major electives and 9 free elective credits for graduate-level courses in the Public Health M.P.H. during their fourth year.


Course may only be available online. Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course availability and for planning purposes.

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

SaTo be eligible to count toward Applied/ Experiential Learning, a Study Abroad offering must meet certain requirements. Contact JWU Global to discuss eligible Study Abroad options for this degree program.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For students who qualify for the J2 program, up to four graduate courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH)

HSC5020Foundations of Public Health 3
HSC5080Health and Healthcare †‡3
HSC5100Healthy Planet3
HSC5120Health Trends 3
HSC5150Chronic Disease Prevention and Control 3
HSC5180Discrimination and Health3
HSC5220Insights into Vulnerable Populations 3
HSC5260Advocating for Healthier Diets 3
HSC5290Combatting Infectious Disease3
HSC5320Cultural Competency to Improve Health3
HSC5350Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 3
HSC5380Policy of Addiction3
HSC5420Community Organizing3
HSC6120Improving Community Health3
HSC6920Public Health Capstone3
Total Credits45.0

These graduate courses fulfill the bachelor of science requirements in the fourth year. Please note: The bachelor of science is not awarded until all graduate-level courses applying to the undergraduate degree have been successfully completed. 

Courses may only be available online. Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course availability and for planning purposes.

Note: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math courses.

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international, domestic, and digital options for major, minor, free electives, experiential learning, and transferable courses. There are many affordable options for students during a semester, winter session, spring and/or summer breaks.  Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied, and some partners offer external scholarships.  Premiere programs do not qualify for JWU scholarships or grants; however federal aid is available.  Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go? Wherever you decide, make the best of your educational journey!


Johnson & Wales University holistically reviews all elements of a student’s application to identify those students most likely to succeed at the university.

For students applying as a first-year student, a completed application and high school transcript(s) are required, except in circumstances where a student is homeschooled or where the traditional high school transcript is, for various reasons, not available. For students applying as a transfer student, a completed application, high school and/or college transcript(s) is required for admissions review.

Successful candidates for first year admission have taken a high school, college preparatory academic program including English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language. Science programs require students to have successfully completed Chemistry or higher level science. Students who apply for admission and do not meet the requirements will be reviewed for admission into another science program. Admissions decisions may also consider individual experiences and particular circumstances unique to each student. Other considerations are made based upon recommendations, writing ability and extracurricular activities.

Visiting campus, both in‐person or virtually, and interacting with admissions staff are all valuable ways of assuring that JWU is the right university for you.