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The Combined Degree Program

The BSPH/MPH Combined Degree Program is a path for continuous study from the bachelor’s degree through a master’s level professional degree at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM).

The Combined Degree leads to a master in public health (MPH), a master of science in public health (MSPH), or a master of health administration (MHA).

The Combined Degree is an opportunity for public health majors to begin graduate study in their senior year; students may take up to 12 graduate credits in public health core courses that may be applied to both the BSPH and the MPH, MSPH, or MHA degrees.

Students who take time off between degrees are not eligible for the Combined Degree. Students may return to the master’s degree program at a later time, but cannot apply graduate credit earned in the BSPH program for an MPH/MSPH/MHA program started at a later time.

When to Apply 

Students must follow the application and program start timeline for the program they wish to pursue. The timelines allow students to be accepted into the program and begin graduate coursework by the first semester of their senior year while completing any remaining requirements for the BSPH degree. Note that there are different timelines for the combined BSPH/MPH or MSPH program and the combined BSPH/MHA program. It is critical that students follow the application timelines for the Combined Degree Program.

Review the Combined Degree Timelines

When planning the Combined Degree, consider how off-campus junior year experiences and advanced placement credits may impact your application process, GRE testing, and graduation date. Students with advanced placement credits may reach senior status earlier than their chronological time at Tulane and graduate a semester early.


All students must meet the general admission requirements for the school.


Tulane SPHTM uses a Fastlane application for the BSPH Combined Degree. This allows for quicker acceptance decisions and does not require letters of recommendation.

Create an account, select 2019 School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and then BSPH Combined Degree in order to start your application.

In addition to the application form, the requirements for 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 cumulative GPA of 3.30 and above).
  • A resume

Upon completion of the application form, email it to Admissions will access your transcript from the registrar and a $75.00 non-refundable application fee will be charged to your Tulane account.

Please contact the SPHTM Office of Admissions with any questions.

Program Stipulations  

Graduate-level public health core courses taken as an undergraduate will apply to both degrees only if the student has applied to and been accepted into the combined degree program per the established timelines.

Students must graduate from the BSPH program to continue in the MPH, MSPH, or MHA program beyond the 12 credits of core courses.

Once students have been accepted into the Combined Degree Program, they should meet with their graduate advisor early in their senior year to plan study that will incorporate the goals and competencies of the MPH, MSPH, or MHA program they intend to pursue.