Complete a bachelor of arts degree and a master of public health (MPH) degree in just five years
- Save time: Earn your master’s degree in one year instead of two.
- Save money: Pay graduate tuition for only one year.
- Take advantage of the value: Binghamton oﬀers a top-notch education at a state university tuition.
- Strengthen your marketability: Graduate degrees hone job-related skills in communications, research methods, data analysis, teamwork and big-picture thinking — skills sought by employers worldwide.
- Increase your earning potential: Salaries for people holding master’s degrees are on average $10,000 higher than for those with bachelor’s degrees.
The Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Health (BA-MPH) 4+1 program allows you to take undergraduate classes for your first three years. In your fourth year, you combine bachelor- and master-level courses into your schedule and graduate with your bachelor’s degree. In your fifth year, you are admitted to the Graduate School and focus solely on the coursework to complete your master’s degree.
Undergraduate students pursuing the following majors at Binghamton University can apply to the MPH 4+1 program:
- Any Harpur BA major (excluding fine arts majors)
Harpur BA-MPH 4+1 Program Info Sessions
We're holding two info sessions about the Harpur BA-MPH 4+1 program so you can learn more!
Below is a sample curriculum plan for the Harpur BA-MPH 4+1 program. For a printer-friendly version of the plan, visit our Google drive. If you have questions, contact the MPH program director.
Term 5 Major 6 4 credits Major 7 4 credits Major 8 4 credits Major 9 4 credits Wellness/physical activity (B) 2 credits Total credits this term 18 Term 6 Major 10 4 credits Major 11 4 credits Major 12 4 credits Major 13 4 credits Total credits this term 16 Term 7 Major 14 4 credits Major 15 4 credits PH 501: Experiential Public Health I 1 credit PH 510: Foundations of Public Health 2 credits PH 512: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 3 credits PH 520: Epidemiology I: Basic Principles and Methods 3 credits Total credits this term 17 Term 8 Major 16 4 credits Major 17 4 credits PH 502: Experiential Public Health II 1 credit PH 515: Introduction to Biostatistics 3 credits PH 517: Public Health Biology 2 credits Elective sequence course I** 3 credits Total credits this term 17 Term 9 PH 503: Experiential Public Health III 1 credit PH 518: Environmental Health 3 credits PH 524: Program Planning and Evaluation 2 credits PH 525: Epidemiology II: Case Applications 3 credits PH 598: Population health Internship practicum/capstone project 3 credits Elective sequence course II** 3 credits Total credits this term 15
PH 522: Health Policy, Finance and Management*
PH 552: Topics in Population Health
3 credits PH 598: Population health Internship practicum/capstone project 6 credits Elective sequence course III** 3 credits Total credits this term 15
*PH 522 is to be taken in term 8 for students who have met their major requirements OR who have only one major requirement to be taken in term 8
**Approved elective sequences: population health, disaster management, forensic health
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR MASTER'S 48
Admissions process and timeline
It’s best to start thinking about applying to the BA-MPH 4+1 program early. You must inquire about pre-admission by your junior year so you can enroll in master’s classes your senior year.
- You must have completed a majority of your undergraduate major requirements and all or a majority of general education requirements
- You must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in your undergraduate major and a minimum 3.2 GPA overall, or a 3.5 GPA overall
- Indicate your interest in the BA-MPH 4+1 program and meet with Regina Alfieri, director of undergraduate student service, CCPA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
After your meeting, you will be instructed to submit the documents below:
- Personal statement (2-3 double-spaced pages stating your interests in the program and your career goals)
- Current résumé
- 2 letters of recommendation from a University faculty member or instructor
Senior year (if accepted for pre-admission)
- You will be able to register for MPH courses during the first semester of your senior year
- During your senior year (88+ undergraduate credits), you must formally apply to the Graduate School and submit the online application, application fee and all required application materials, including any required letters of recommendation
For more information about the 4+1 program
Important into about COVID vaccines
Students entering MPH programs are required to complete fieldwork experiences. If the fieldwork experience occurs in a healthcare agency, specific COVID vaccination requirements must be met. At this time, and for the foreseeable future, all New York state healthcare agencies require that all employees (including students completing fieldwork experiences) be fully vaccinated for COVID. These agencies don't allow religious exemptions and have very narrow guidelines for medical exemptions. Any religious exemption granted by Binghamton University applies only to the University setting; it does not apply to off-campus affiliated activities such as fieldwork placements within Department of Health (DOH) regulated agencies. Students should be aware that if their fieldwork is in a DOH-regulated facility, they will need to comply with the facility’s COVID vaccination requirements or they will not be allowed to complete their fieldwork at these agencies. In those cases, students will need to seek an alternative location for their fieldwork.