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BA/MPH 4+1 Combined Degree

The department of Health Policy & Management has partnered with several FIU undergraduate programs to offer 4+1 BA/MPH degree options in the following areas:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management

Program overview

The combined B.A./MPH degree program allows highly qualified undergraduate students to pursue an accelerated MPH degree. Students accepted into this program will be able to complete the MPH degree as early as one year sooner than regular track MPH students.

A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from the bachelor’s degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status. Only 5000-level or higher courses and no more than the number of credits specified by the program catalog may be applied toward both degrees. To be accepted into the combined B.A. /MPH degree program, students may submit an MPH program application as early as 75 credits but no later than 90 credits or their junior year in the bachelor’s, whichever comes first.

To be considered for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, students must have completed between 75-90 credits in the bachelor’s degree program at FIU and must meet the admissions criteria for the MPH Health Policy & Management program. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of their bachelor’s degree program. Additionally, once admitted, students must graduate with their B.A. within three semesters (summer semesters count). Students who do not graduate within three semesters may have their admission into the combined degree program revoked.

Application requirements

  • Current enrollment in the program in Economics or Psychology or Sociology/Anthropology at FIU
  • Completed between 75-90 credits in the bachelor’s degree program
  • GRE scores (scores must be sent to FIU code 5206 and on file prior to applying)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from FIU Faculty
  • Statement of purpose discussing research interests
    • Should include why you have chosen this degree, what interests you about this concentration and how you intend on using the degree once you graduate?
  • Fall Deadline: July 31 | Spring Deadline: November 30

How to apply: All of these steps (including submission of a full application) must be taken prior to the 90-credit mark.

  • Students must first meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss the program and verify eligibility requirements.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Graduate Program Director to discuss program requirements, curriculum, and program expectations.
  • Take GRE and send scores to FIU (code 5206).
  • Gather and prepare required materials: two letters of recommendation and statement of purpose.
  • Complete and print the top portion of Application for Admission to combined degree program
  • Schedule an appointment with the Public Health Coordinator to review and submit the required documentation and application for admission.
  • Should the application for admission be approved, the student will be asked to pick up the approved application packet and submit it to FIU OneStop (SASC 126) along with a $30 application fee*.

*Once accepted into the graduate program, students must be advised by the departmental Graduate Program Director before enrolling in 5000-level graduate courses.


Graduate Program Director contact

Dr. Alejandro Arrieta
Department of Public Health in Health Policy & Management
MMC: AHC 5 Room 450

(305) 348-7525

Public Health Coordinator contact

Zoraya Arguello
Office of Student and Alumni Affairs
MMC: AHC 5 Room 145

(305) 348-4394