The University of Minnesota School of Public Health has recruited and admitted the first group of students for its accelerated 4+1 MPH in environmental health. The 4+1 degree allows students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in just five years, compared to the usual six.
The program is geared toward highly motivated undergraduate students in the University’s College of Biological Sciences who are interested in investigating health hazards in the environment, protecting worker health, and establishing the basis for public health policy.
The program allows students to quickly acquire practical experience in public health through fieldwork experiences with local and state government, industry, and community organizations between years four and five. During year five, the students move on from undergraduate courses to complete the MPH course work, which includes a culminating experience.
The 4+1 approach saves tuition dollars because students pay the undergraduate tuition rate instead of the professional student tuition rate for the graduate-level environmental health courses.
The school’s expansion into 4+1 programs continues, and recently, it launched a program offering an MS degree in biostatistics to statistics students from the University’s College of Liberal Arts.