The Yale-NUS College Concurrent-Degree Program in public health gives undergraduate students interested in the field of public health the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS) and an M.P.H. degree from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) in a five-year joint program.
As part of the concurrent-degree program, students will complete their first three academic years at Yale-NUS (including potential study-abroad opportunities that are part of the regular Yale-NUS curriculum). The first term of the fourth academic year will then take place at YSPH. In order to satisfy each student’s bachelor’s degree requirements, the second term of the fourth academic year will take place at Yale-NUS in Singapore. The entire fifth academic year will take place at YSPH. After successful completion of both program requirements, students will receive a B.A. or B.S. degree from Yale-NUS and an M.P.H. degree from the Yale School of Public Health.
Yale-NUS students wishing to apply to the concurrent-degree program will become eligible to do so in the third year of their academic program at Yale-NUS. Applicants must be among the top students in their cohort (e.g., the third-year class of which they are a member) at Yale-NUS. Yale-NUS students may apply to the concurrent-degree program between October 1 and November 1 of the third year of their academic program at Yale-NUS. Applications must be submitted to YSPH via its online application system. The registry at Yale-NUS must also be notified of the intent to apply. Students must apply for a concentration in Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Health Policy, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. Yale-NUS students admitted to the concurrent-degree program will not be eligible to apply for a concentration in Health Care Management.
The first term of the fourth academic year will be spent at YSPH taking 4 credits and beginning work on a capstone project (e.g., senior thesis). The second term of the fourth academic year will be spent at Yale-NUS, where the student will complete a capstone project, take two approved public health-related modules at Yale-NUS or the National University of Singapore, and take one elective/major module. The entire fifth year of the program will be spent in residence at YSPH taking prescribed classes. A total of 18 course units is required for the M.P.H. degree. Students may, with prior approval, count two courses in their major (e.g., Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, etc.) or selective electives at Yale-NUS toward the M.P.H. degree requirements of the concurrent-degree program.
As part of the program, Yale-NUS students admitted to the concurrent-degree program will participate in a public health-related internship during the summer between the end of the fourth academic year and the start of the fifth academic year. The internship must be approved by the YSPH Office of Public Health Practice. Students who are not U.S. citizens must complete the internship outside of the United States.