Pre-Public Health

Coe Bachelor of Arts to University of Iowa Master of Public Health Dual Degree Program

The undergraduate to graduate program allows Coe students to complete their Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Iowa in five years. Students will spend four years in residence at Coe, followed by a summer course (online), and one academic year in residence at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Coe students will take a total of four MPH courses at Coe. These courses can be taken at the University of Iowa or through web-based course offerings. Students from any major at Coe can apply and be considered for admission to the MPH program.

Benefits of pursuing a combined B.A./MPH program

  • B.A. and MPH degrees are earned in five years instead of six.
  • Tuition savings for early completion of MPH degree.
  • Early entry into the workforce in the growing field of Public Health.
  • A MPH degree can enhance earning potential.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of 20 course credits (cc) of undergraduate work toward a B.A. at Coe.
  • At least a 3.25 overall GPA; Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of transition to graduate only status.
  • A letter of application including a statement of purpose.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • Students have taken at least one course in mathematics and one course in biology, chemistry, or physics.
  • Students have taken the Fundamentals of Public Health course through the UI (online or at UI campus).
  • For additional information about applying to the MPH program see the University of Iowa Webpage.

Course of study

Year 1:

  • Coe coursework

Year 2:

  • Coe coursework
  • UI course: Fundamentals of Public Health (Fall semester)

Year 3:

  • Coe coursework
  • Apply to the program

Year 4:

  • Coe coursework
  • UI Courses:
    Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Fall semester)
    Global Environmental Health and Epidemiology (Spring semester)
    Epidemiology I (Spring semester)
    Intro to Public Health (Summer term)
    Intro to US Healthcare (Summer term)
    MPH required or elective course (Summer term)

Year 5:

  • UI MPH courses on UI campus

Successful Graduates

Coe graduates have a record of successful completion of MPH degrees from national and international institutions of higher education (e.g., University of Iowa, Yale University, Georgia State University, UCLA, Tulane University, and University of Glasgow). Additionally, Coe students who earned MPH degrees have secured employment in a variety of private and public sector positions including neurosurgery residents, policy analysts, health education specialists, economic research specialists, and research associates. Others have pursued their medical degrees. The creation of an undergraduate to graduate program will enhance career opportunities for Coe students by allowing them to enter the burgeoning field of public health.



Additional information for B.A./MPH Dual Degree program can be found the University of Iowa website. Please contact Benjamin Tallman (, BA/MPH Dual Degree program coordinator, for questions.