The UConn Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program offers a FastTrack (4+1 B.A./B.S.-M.P.H.) option for qualified students. The program allows students to complete their bachelor’s degrees in any UConn-approved discipline and the MPH degree within 5 years of their initial matriculation as undergraduates.
Through the FastTrack option, students will gain knowledge and experience regarding:
- the social and environmental determinants of health
- techniques for collection and analysis of data to improve the health of communities
- design and evaluation of interventions to reduce risks and promote health within communities
- advocacy for and with communities on social policies to enhance community well-being
- support of health partners and other stakeholders tackling complex health concerns
If you are a current UConn undergraduate with a strong interest in working in the growing field of public health in areas such as health promotion, biostatistics, epidemiology of infectious or chronic diseases and environmental health, then the FastTrack to the M.P.H. could be a great match for you!
- Complete your bachelor’s degree in any UConn-approved discipline and get a head start on your graduate education while still an undergraduate.
- Earn your M.P.H. in roughly half the time and for two-thirds of the cost of those who start after graduation.
- Complete both undergraduate and graduate degrees in as little as five years.
- Choose FastTrack courses* on the UConn Farmington or Storrs campuses using distance learning/video conferencing technologies.
- Earn a graduate degree from a program that has been nationally-accredited since 1985 and often recognized for its innovative curriculum.
- Join more than 700 UConn public health [or M.P.H.] graduates who are making significant contributions to local, national and international health!
* FastTrack courses include: PUBH 5403 Health Administration; PUBH 5404 Environmental Health; PUBH 5405 Social Foundations of Public Health, PUBH 5406 Law and Public Health; PUBH 5408 Epidemiology & Biostatistics I and PUBH 5409 Epidemiology & Biostatistics II.
How will FastTrack work?
FastTrack students will have opportunity to complete 15-18 credits toward the M.P.H. while still undergraduates, saving approximately 33% of the usual cost of receiving UConn’s M.P.H. degree. FastTrack courses offered in Farmington will be synchronously presented on the Storrs campus. After completing a B.A./B.S. degree, students who have satisfactorily completed FastTrack program requirements will enroll in the UConn Graduate School and complete remaining M.P.H. requirements with other M.P.H. candidates on UConn’s Farmington campus.
As a FastTrack student, you will be able to earn the M.P.H. degree by spending one additional year of study after completing your B.A./B.S. degree. The 6 graduate courses you would complete during your junior and senior years (PUBH 5408, 5409, 5403, 5404, 5405 and 5406) will not count toward your undergraduate degree; they are credits earned in addition to your B.A./B.S. credit/course requirements. However, upon your graduation, you will enroll in the UConn Graduate School and begin matriculating toward the M.P.H. program with 18 credits of advanced standing. Then, as an M.P.H. student, you will be expected to complete an additional 30 graduate credits, distributed between electives (8 courses reflecting your particular interests in public health) and program requirements (PUBH 5407 Practicum in Public Health and PUBH 5499-Capstone Project). The list of electives you can choose from is broad, ranging from topics of chronic and infectious disease epidemiology and control, to health law, policy and ethics, health disparities, substance abuse prevention, maternal and child health, biostatistics and research methods, health systems research and environmental health. Capstone projects, developed with input from your program advisor, demonstrate your ability to translate theory into evidence-based public health practice.
The following table outlines a likely plan of study.
The FastTrack program is intended for students who have maintained a strong academic record (a minimum 3.25 GPA through 4 semesters of college), a personal background and/or experiences that are relevant to the program, a commitment to the health of the community and a well-conceived reason to participate.
To be considered, you must submit the FastTrak application which includes:
- a personal statement that summarizes your career plans and what has influenced your decision
- your experiences to date with public health and community service
- honors/awards/recognition for work completed in public health or community service
- a self- assessment of your academic and interpersonal strengths and weaknesses
Submit or email the application, including your personal statement, to Barbara Case (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will not use the UConn online application system.
Tip: We suggest downloading and saving the application to your computer. Then, open with acrobat reader to complete and save.
Address all inquiries to Barbara Case (email@example.com; 860-679-1503).