College of Science and Health > Academics > Health Sciences > Combined Degree Programs
The BS in Health Sciences and MA in Health Communication is a combined degree offered through the College of Science and Health and the College of Communication.
Students with junior status who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in their Health Sciences courses, have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have successfully completed three 300 level courses in the Public Health Studies or BioScience major curriculum in Health Sciences may apply for the combined BS Health Sciences/MA Health Communication program. Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by June 1 (priority deadline): Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, answers to essay questions, writing sample (research paper), and two letters of recommendation from professors in Health Sciences and/or College of Communication.
Students in Health Sciences will take all of the required courses for the undergraduate major. During their senior year, students in this program take a maximum of twelve graduate credit hours as three Health Communication courses; these graduate courses apply toward both undergraduate Health Sciences and graduate Health Communication requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to take HTHC 515 and two HTHC electives during their senior year. In the Public Health Studies concentration, HTHC 515 INTRO TO HEALTH COMMUNICATION can replace CMNS 315 HEALTH COMMUNICATION. In BioScience, HTHC 515 INTRO TO HEALTH COMMUNICATION will count as an elective in the major. The other two graduate courses will count as either major electives or open electives for either concentration.
Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior. If a student fails to meet the minimum grade requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.
Students can defer their graduate admission for one year after they earn their BS. If students do not matriculate after completing their BS degrees or within the one year deferral period, the graduate courses taken as undergraduate students will no longer count towards the graduate degree and students must reapply for admission to the graduate program.
Because this program requires careful planning of courses, students in their sophomore year are encouraged to work with the Health Sciences academic advisor in the College of Science and Health and a graduate advisor in the College of Communication.
While students are enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Science and Health, they must apply for undergraduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their BS in Health Sciences at the conclusion of their fourth year of study. While students are enrolled as graduate students in the College of Communication, they must apply for graduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their MA.
Interested students may apply to this combined degree program during their junior year at DePaul. The student will need to be a Health Sciences major in the Public Health Studies concentration with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Application to the Master of Public Health program includes several personal statement essays and a current CV. The GRE requirement will be waived. Students must present a plan for their remaining quarters at DePaul to confirm that they can complete all degree requirements.
This combined program maintains the rigor and value of both the undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the College of Science and Health and the Master of Public Health from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, so that students are earning exceptional training at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The advantage to this program is that students can earn their BS in Health Sciences degree and an MPH in as few as five years.
In year four, accepted students take undergraduate courses toward the BS, graduate courses toward the MPH, and graduate courses that will count toward both degrees. The student will be awarded the BS at the end of the fourth year. The fifth year will solely consist of courses for the MPH.
Because this program requires careful planning of courses, students in their sophomore year are encouraged to work with the Health Sciences academic advisor in the College of Science and Health and a faculty advisor from the MPH program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
While students are enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Science and Health, they must apply for undergraduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their BS in Health Sciences at the conclusion of their fourth year of study. While students are enrolled as graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, they must apply for graduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their MPH.
In the event that they are not accepted into the MPH program, students would take the remaining requirements in their fourth year to earn the BS in Health Sciences. They are then encouraged to apply for the MPH program as a traditional applicant.
The MPH curriculum will be completed in its entirety and is unaltered by this program.
The following courses in the BS Health Sciences/Public Health Studies curriculum will be replaced by graduate level courses:
Health Science Requirements
One PHS Track Elective
MPH 501 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH
HLTH 310 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
MPH 502 INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY
SOC 373 Public Health & High Risk Behavior (PHS Track Elective)
MPH 511 HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR THEORY
Health Ethics course
MPH 515 PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS AND POLICY
MPH 541 BIOSTATISTICS
A sample course plan for years 4 and 5 would be as follows:
* MPH 600 is a zero credit class taken each quarter of the 1st year of MPH
**MPH 699 is a zero credit course taken each quarter of the 2nd year of MPH
Unique to this combined program only, a maximum of five courses as 20 quarter hours may be applied toward both the BS in Health Sciences and toward the MPH. Courses in bold are those which apply toward both the BS and MPH. All other graduate courses count solely towards MPH.
If the student is admitted and has completed some MPH coursework, but decides not to complete the MPH, then completed MPH courses will count toward the undergraduate degree and any remaining Health Sciences courses will be finished at the undergraduate level.
Students will also be carefully advised as to the financial implications of this program as the timing of courses affects when students would be counted as graduate students for purposes of tuition and eligibility for financial aid. Students will be considered graduate students for tuition-purposes beginning in Spring Quarter of the fourth year. During that quarter, the student will take two undergraduate courses on a per-credit basis (concentration elective and open elective) and graduate courses (MPH 522, MPH 512, MPH 600). Once the undergraduate degree is conferred at the end of Spring Quarter of the fourth year, then the student is eligible for the Double Demon Scholarship - see DePaul's Scholarship website for details. Students will also be told that if they already have a significant scholarship as an undergraduate, they can finish out the regular four-year BS academic program and then apply for the regular two-year MPH program.
Sophomore Health Sciences students in the Bioscience concentration with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 will have a streamlined application process into the Generalist Nursing program, also known as the Master's Entry to Nursing Practice (MENP) program. Students will submit an application and personal statement only (GRE is not required for this particular combined program) to the nursing advisor on the Pre-health Advising Committee (PAC). The nursing PAC advisor will forward the information to the School of Nursing's admissions committee for expedited review. The application review will include the nursing PAC advisor's review of courses, a developed plan for the student's third year at DePaul to confirm that he/she could complete all outlined Health Sciences requirements by the end of the third year, and a plan for a fourth year in Health Sciences in the event that the student is not accepted into the School of Nursing. The student is responsible for completing and submitting all appropriate documents via the nursing PAC advisor. The nursing PAC advisor will maintain contact with accepted students as they complete their third year and transition to taking courses in the School of Nursing during the fourth year.
The Health Sciences advisor will act as the primary advisor for all aspects of the student’s undergraduate Health Sciences curriculum. This program leaves little room for error in planning (no open electives, minimal if any transfer credit), so interested students must meet with their advisor as soon as possible to discuss plans. In addition, the Health Sciences advisor will advise students who choose to leave the combined program, to guide them as they complete the necessary coursework for the BS in Health Sciences - and graduate in four years. This will require the Health Sciences advisor and the PAC nursing advisor to be in close communication about the progress of third and fourth year students.
In anticipation of the student completing his/her fourth year of study, the student must apply for undergraduate degree conferral. In the fifth year as an MENP student in the School of Nursing - after the BS has already been awarded - the MENP student will only receive advising from the School of Nursing. In anticipation of completing the MENP program, the student must apply for degree conferral in order to be awarded the MS degree through the School of Nursing.
Sample Health Science Curriculum (Bioscience Concentration) for Nursing
Year 1 at DePaul
LSP 110 DISCOVER CHICAGO
/LSP 111 EXPLORE CHICAGO
WRD 103 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I
CHE 130 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
/CHE 131 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
BIO 191 GENERAL BIOLOGY I FOR SCIENCE MAJORS
LSP 112 FOCAL POINT SEMINAR
WRD 104 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II
CHE 132 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
/CHE 133 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
BIO 192 GENERAL BIOLOGY II FOR SCIENCE MAJORS
HLTH 201 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCE
CHE 134 GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
/CHE 135 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
BIO 193 GENERAL BIOLOGY III FOR SCIENCE MAJORS
Year 2 at DePaul
BIO 210 MICROBIOLOGY
HLTH 202 HEALTH RESEARCH LITERACY
PSY 303 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
HLTH 301 INTEGRATED HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY-A
HLTH 210 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH
HLTH 302 INTEGRATED HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY-B
CHE 228 SURVEY OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
/CHE 229 SURVEY OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
LSP 200 SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES
Year 3 at DePaul
BIO 206 BIOSTATISTICS
BIO 250 CELL BIOLOGY
HLTH 350 HEALTH SCIENCES CAPSTONE
Year 1 at School of Nursing
NSG 322 BASIC PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY
NSG 332 HEALTH ASSESSMENT
NSG 431 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
NSG 301 INTRODUCTION TO THE ART AND SCIENCE OF NURSING I
NSG 400 THEORETICAL COMPONENTS OF NURSING
NSG 422 APPLIED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
NSG 445 NURSING PROFESSIONALISM, ADVOCACY, AND LEADERSHIP
NSG 302 INTRODUCTION TO THE ART & SCIENCE OF NURSING II
NSG 481 BIOSTATISTICS AND EPIDEMIOLOGY
NSG 540 CULTURE, ETHICS, AND POLICY ANALYSIS
Courses marked with * count as Health Sciences electives. All other NSG courses in senior year will fulfill open elective requirements. As per current requirements for Health Sciences, at least one RD or PI domain course or track elective must be in biomedical ethics.
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