BSPH Combined Degree Program

The BSPH Combined Degree program is a path for continuous study from the bachelor’s degree through a masters level professional degree at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Students in the combined degree program begin graduate study during their senior year in one of the following programs

  • MPH –Master of Public Health
  • MSPH –Master of Science in Public Health
  • MPH&TM –Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • MHA –Master of Health Administration

Students should review the graduate school website for information on the various programs and degrees.

The MPH, MPH&TM, MSPH degrees require 42-45 graduate credits plus an Applied Practical Experience and an Integrated Learning Experience. The MHA degree requires 60 graduate credits plus an Administrative Residency and Integrated Learning Experience. Once accepted into the combined degree program, undergraduate students with senior standing may take up to 12 credits of graduate courses, which are applied to both the BSPH and the MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM, or MHA degree requirements. Students must score B- or higher in these courses for credit to the graduate program.

Students must complete all BSPH requirements and graduate from the BSPH program before moving onto full-time enrollment in the MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM, or MHA program. SPHTM has rolling admissions into the graduate programs, so students who complete the BSPH graduation requirements in the fall of their senior year may proceed into their graduate program in the spring semester.

Contact the SPHTM Office of Admissions at (504) 988-5388 or with questions about the Master’s programs in Public Health. More information about admissions can be found at:


Graduate Courses that may be applied to the MPH, MSPH, or MPH&TM in the Combined Degree program

During the senior year, BSPH students admitted to the Combined Degree program may enroll in selectedSPHTM graduate core courses. These courses are applied to both the BSPH and the MPH, MSPH, or MPH&TM degrees. Combined degree students take the following 3-credit graduate core courses:

  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health(3
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems, Policy, and Management(3)
  • SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for PublicHealth Programs (3)

Graduate Courses that may be applied to the MHA in the Combined Degree 

Students in the BSPH/MHA program take the following 3-credit graduate courses:

Fall Semester

  • HPAM 6050 Health Systems Concepts (3)
  • HPAM 6200 Introduction to Healthcare Analytics (3)

Spring Semester

  • HPAM 6170 Quality Management in Healthcare (3)
  • HPAM 6710 Information Systems (3)

* Please note -a combined degree student earning graduate credit when taking one of the SPHTM core courses must receive a minimum of a B- in the respective courses. Grades less than B- will not be accepted for credit towards the students’ graduate degree.

When to apply

Students apply to the Combined Degree program in the second semester of their junior year. This will allow them to be accepted into the program and begin graduate work by the first semester of their senior year. Application deadlines are:

  • March 15 –Start the combined degree program in the fall semester of next school year
  • October 15 –Start the combined degree program in the spring semester of the next school year (this deadline is for students who are graduating a semester early).


  • Applicants must be in the BSPH program in the School of Science and Engineering.
  • GPA at least 3.0

Application Process to the Combined Degree Program 

Tulane SPHTM uses a Fastlane application for the BPSH Combined Degree. The application is available online on the Undergraduate Public HealthStudies website: The application consists of :

  • A Statement of Purpose and Objectives in their program of choice and related career goals
  • GRE or MCAT scores (waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and above)
  • A resume
  • Application Fee($75.00 non-refundable application fee charged to your Tulane account)