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Program Design


All candidates must present clear evidence of a commitment to improving the health of the public as well as quantitative skills. In addition, a year of college-level mathematics and a year of science and social science are strongly preferred, though some of these expectations can be completed after applying to the program. Additional expectations may apply to particular departments or programs. Applicants must complete application forms and must submit transcripts, SAT scores, two letters of recommendation (at least one from an instructor in a Yale course), and one personal statement. Approval by the Dean of the student's residential college is also required. For more information on the admissions process, please contact Mary Keefe at

Program Design

A total of 18 course units is required for the MPH degree. Students in the B.A.-B.S./M.P.H. Program affiliate with one of seven departments or programs at the School of Public Health. Their primary advisor comes from this department/program and their specific requirements within the five-year program are defined by this affiliation.  Several course requirements can be taken while a senior at Yale College, with the remaining requirements satisfied during the one year enrollment at the School of Public Health.

While a senior at Yale College:

In their four years of Yale College enrollment, students complete a standard Yale College major which consists of at least 36 course credits; 32 of which must be Yale College undergraduate approved courses credits.  Two of those Yale College courses may be counted as electives towards the MPH degree requirements. These electives must be on the list of approved courses.
The remaining 4 course credits of the required 36 for a Yale College degree are typically taken at YSPH in order to fulfill the MPH degree requirements. Students may take additional YSPH courses while at Yale College, as long as they complete the required 32 undergraduate courses.   

Students accepted into the BA-BS/MPH program typically take the following YSPH courses during their senior year:

  • EPH 505a - Biostatistics in Public Health (not required for BIS)
  • EPH 507a - Social Justice and Health Equity
  • EPH 513b - Social, Environmental, and Biological Determinants of Major Health Threats
  • EPH 508a - Foundations of Epidemiology and Public health
  • EPH 515a - Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • EPH 510a - Health Policy and Health Care Systems 

While at YSPH in their fifth year:

Students complete a public health internship during the summer between the fourth and fifth years of the BA-BS/MPH Program. Information about the summer internship can be found in the Current Student Gateway. Students are in full-time residence at the School of Public Health during their fifth year in the program, during which time they complete their remaining required courses and the master's thesis. In order to complete the program and fulfill YSPH's residency requirements, students must take at least 10 course units during their fifth year in the program. Information on each department's degree requirements can be found at:

Students in the BA-BS/MPH Program may count two courses from the following list of Yale College...