Jun 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Wellness and Health Promotion, B.S. to Master of Public Health (MPH) 4+1 Dual Degree Plan

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The Wellness and Health Promotion B.S. to MPH 4+1 Plan is a combined bachelor/master degree program that provides high-achieving students an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time than would be required if the two degrees were done independently. Participants can graduate with a Master of Public Health degree in approximately one calendar year after completing a B.S. in Wellness and Health Promotion. Students in this program complete 12 graduate level credits at undergraduate tuition rates. Students who have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and have earned a 3.0 or above GPA in each of the 12-credits of graduate courses will be reclassified as a graduate student through Graduate Study.

Requirements for the B.S. to Master of Public Health (MPH) 4+1 Dual Degree Plan

Students seeking the B.S. to Master of Public Health (MPH) 4+1 dual degree plan must complete a minimum 120 credits, including the following requirements:

1. Meet the university general education requirements

In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses. 

Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundation, Exploration, Integration, Writing, U.S. Diversity and Capstone. For details, refer to the General Education Requirements  section of the catalog.


Courses above with * after them also satisfy university general education requirements.

HS 2000  is a prerequisite for HS 3250 , HS 3400 ,  WHP 3500 WHP 3600 ,  WHP 4000 ,  WHP 4030 ,  WHP 4950  

Complete a minimum of 8 credits of electives

Students may choose electives from the following recommended course list or apply courses taken as part of a minor toward the elective requirements:

Graduate Courses:

  • PH 5000 Foundations of Health Behavior and Health Education (4)
  • PH 5100 Principles of Community-Based Participatory Research (4)
  • PH 5200 Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (4) 


If a student has a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, has at least sophomore standing, and has completed: EHS 2550  (or STA 2220 ); HS 3250  (or PSY 2500 ); WHP 2800 ; and WHP 3500 , the student may apply to the BS to MPH (4+1) program through the graduate office. Qualified applicants will be given a delayed admission to the MPH program. (Full, formal admission will not take place until the student successfully completes his or her undergraduate degree with an overall GPA of 3.0). Applications are due February 1.

A student accepted into the 4+1 program continues his or her undergraduate degree with the substitution of three graduate courses as shown above.

Please note that students must be accepted into the 4+1 program before taking any graduate level courses.

If a 4+1 program student has successfully graduated with a BS degree and an overall GPA of 3.0, they are  fully admitted to the graduate MPH program.

See graduate catalog for additional requirements for the 4+1 program.

All university and departmental requirements for each bachelor’s degree and master’s degree must be satisfied to receive both degrees.  The full number of credit hours required for the bachelor’s and master’s degree must be completed; this includes the 12-credit of graduate courses completed as an undergraduate and approved to count towards the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.