4 + 1 Program (BA/BS MPH Combined Degree Program)
Public health is a rapidly growing field of practice, research, and education focused on the health of the population rather than the individual. It is also a field with an ever-expanding workforce involved in every aspect of a community – from disease prevention and education to emergency preparedness to elimination of health disparities and overall health promotion. As a result of this increasing demand for and on the public health workforce, the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) has partnered with several undergraduate programs in Arkansas to create an accelerated, coordinated course of study allowing students to enroll in the MPH program as an undergraduate and receive credit for MPH courses towards their undergraduate degree. Upon graduating with a BA or BS degree, students typically finish the MPH in the next year (thus “4+1”); attaining an undergraduate degree and an MPH within five years, one year after obtaining their undergraduate degree, instead of the typical six.
Students in the 4+1 program benefit from the opportunity to interact with graduate-level students and faculty in an area of significant interest while still undergraduates and increased advising support specific to their interest in public health and career focus.
The 4+1 degree program partnerships exist between the COPH and undergraduate programs at four Arkansas educational institutions: Hendrix College and Arkansas’ three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College , and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). A unique partnership exists between each undergraduate program and the COPH and, as a result, the specific aspects of each program differ somewhat. Interested students are encouraged to review information specific to their undergraduate program.
Students in the 4+1 programs complete all of the requirements for the MPH with no undergraduate courses enabling credit toward MPH courses. Thus, these programs ensure that graduates have attained all the MPH core competencies and all competencies of their chosen specialty discipline (Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health , Epidemiology, Health Behavior and Health Education , Health Policy and Management).
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Kristy Caldwell, MPH
Fay W Boozman College of Public Health
4301 West Markham, Mail Slot #820
Little Rock, AR 72205