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Accelerated Degree Programs (4+1)

The Dornsife School of Public Health offers a rigorous accelerated five-year (4+1) degree program for highly talented undergraduate students interested in fast-tracking their careers in public health.

Accelerated degrees allow students to complete both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a condensed timeframe, and at a reduced cost.

A combined degree program offers students the opportunity to learn from Drexel Dornsife’s renowned faculty, develop skills in public health, and complete graduate coursework to advance professional development.

Drexel Dornsife offers the accelerated 4+1 degree program with the school's Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health + Master of Public Health.

In addition, Drexel offers four other public health 4+1 programs for undergrads who are studying health services administration, global studies, and math. Find out more below.

Bachelors of Science (BS)/Master of Public Health (MPH)

The accelerated Bachelors of Science/Master of Public Health allows undergraduates to complete both bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

With the accelerated program, students earn their BS after four years and then receive their MPH degree one year later.

Students are able to gain admission to the program through two avenues:

  • Direct application into the program on the Drexel University common application.
  • Student may be evaluated for the BS/MPH program at the end of the freshman year or first quarter of the sophomore year. If a prospective student meets all the necessary requirements and has room in their academic schedule, they will be a candidate to apply to the program in their junior year.

GRE test scores are not a requirement of the application process.

BS/MPH Admissions Requirements

Degree Requirements

Accelerated students will begin taking graduate courses during their senior year. During the hybrid senior year, students maintain undergraduate status in which their undergraduate scholarships and financial aid apply toward all courses.

Accelerated students are eligible to receive merit-based scholarships during the graduate year.

Drexel Dornsife offers a diverse, rigorous, and hands-on curriculum, offering both undergraduate and graduate students access to renowned faculty and targeted research centers and programs focused on critical areas of urban and public health. To receive a 4+1 BS/MPH degree, students must successfully complete a minimum of 237 credits, 56 of which are graduate credits.

BS/MPH Degree Requirements

BS/MPH Sample Plan of Study

Other Public Health 4 + 1 Degree Programs 

Additional public health 4+1 programs offered in partnership with other Drexel colleges and schools include:

Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions

Drexel College of Arts and Sciences

"I am pursuing [the BS/MPH] degree because I want to learn more about our country's health systems and how they operate so I can identify opportunities to create positive change for patients and practitioners." - Laila Saah, BS/MPH '25