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Accelerated Public Health Program

Internal Articulation Agreement – Agreement made between departments or schools within the University of Rochester. The agreement ensures that students taking defined course(s) and meeting of the specified undergraduate and graduate programs,
will be able to apply the credits to the accepting graduate program and/or school.

  1. Schools or Departments initiating the agreement
    1. School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) + College of Arts and Sciences (ASE)
    2. Study in ASE combines broadly conceived preparation in the liberal arts along with focused study in public health-related majors. Students are strongly encouraged to matriculate for a full eight semesters in ASE to ensure the highest level of preparation possible for graduate studies. The programs at SMD consist of organized sequences of courses and requirements designed to prepare students for professional careers in public health, health services research, epidemiology, or clinical research.
    3. "Billing Campus": Each student in the Accelerated Public Health Program is assigned either to ASE or to SMD for administrative purposes. Since both schools have a Bursar’s Office and a Financial Aid Office, it is important that students in the accelerated program not be billed twice. For the first through eighth semesters, students will be charged as undergraduate students of ASE and will receive aid from the River Campus. Beginning in the ninth semester and continuing in the tenth semester (and beyond, if necessary), students will be charged as graduate students of the SMD.
  2. Name of Degrees to be combined
    1. ASE Undergraduate public health-related majors in the Multidisciplinary Studies Center:

      Bachelor of Arts in Bioethics
      Bachelor of Science in Clinical & Translational Sciences
      Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
      Bachelor of Arts in Epidemiology
      Bachelor of Arts in Health Behavior & Society
      Bachelor of Arts in Health Policy
       
    2. ASE Undergraduate public health-related minors in the Multidisciplinary Studies Center:

      Bioethics
      Epidemiology
      Health, behavior & Society
      Health policy
       
    3. PHS Master’s programs

      Master of Public Health
      Master of Science in Clinical Investigation
      Master of Science in Epidemiology
      Master of Science Health Services Research and Policy
       
  3. PURPOSE for drafting the internal articulation agreement. What is the intended student population?
    1. Facilitate a 5-year combined degree program (potentially including the summer after the 10th semester) thereby allowing University of Rochester students the ability to earn a bachelor’s degree in an undergraduate public health-related program and a master’s degree in one of the graduate programs in public health sciences (see section 2 for list of programs).
    2. Clarify requirements and benefits of the accelerated, combined bachelor’s-master’s degree program.
    3. Target population are those individuals seeking a bachelor’s degree or a minor in a public health program who are interested and anticipate a career related to public health.
  4. Specific coursework that will be accepted for transfer into a graduate degree program IF completed with the required grade (see section 6 below) AND IF the student meets the criteria for acceptance into the desired graduate program.
    1. Prior to formally matriculating in the graduate program, all students must complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree and fulfill the Rochester Curriculum as specified in the University Bulletin of Undergraduate Studies.
    2. All students must complete three pre-requisite courses for the Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy, Master of Science in Epidemiology, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, or Master of Public Health degree as a student in ASE prior to beginning the graduate program in the ninth semester. Graduate courses are offered for three credits, but undergraduate students in ASE will register for four credits. This includes one additional credit of enriched independent study activities in order to meet the four-credit hour standard for UR undergraduate courses. These prerequisite courses will transfer into the master’s program for a total of nine credit hours.
    3. Pre-requisite courses should be selected in consultation with the director of the desired graduate program or faculty mentor. Any additional graduate level courses above and beyond the three selected pre-requisite will not be eligible for transfer.
    4. For the Master of Public Health, the three prerequisite courses can be selected from the following: PM401 Quantitative Methods, PM410 Introduction to Data Management & Analysis, PM415 Principles of Epidemiology, PM455 Foundations in Public Health Sciences.
    5. For the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, the following three prerequisite courses should be selected: PM401 Quantitative Methods, PM410 Introduction to Data Management & Analysis, PM415 Principles of Epidemiology.
    6. For the Master of Science in Epidemiology, the three prerequisite courses can be selected from the following: PM401 Quantitative Methods, PM410 Introduction to Data Management & Analysis, PM415 Principles of Epidemiology, PM414 History of Epidemiology, PM418 Cardiovascular Epidemiology, PM442 Nutritional Epidemiology, PM451 Infectious Disease Epidemiology, PM470 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, PM489 Injury Epidemiology & Emergency Care Research Methods. Note: PM442, PM451, and PM470 have PM415 as prerequisite.
    7. For the Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy, the three prerequisite courses can be selected from the following: PM410 Introduction to Data Management & Analysis, PM415 Principles of Epidemiology, PM421 Introduction to the US Health Care System, PM445 Introduction to Health Services Research.
    8. Courses taken outside of the University of Rochester will not be considered for meeting pre-requisites.
  5. Articulation of any other benefits to the student as part of the articulation agreement.
    1. To begin a career in public health, health services research, epidemiology, or clinical research, you often need both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, which typically takes at least six years of higher education.
    2. This internal agreement allows a student to complete requirements for both degrees in less time than completing both independently. Thus, it has the potential to save the student both time and money.
    3. This internal agreement has the potential to encourage high-performing undergraduates to continue their studies in a University of Rochester graduate program.
    4. Students will be able to take three graduate-level pre-requisite classes and have them count towards their undergraduate degree program.
    5. Students will be assigned a MS or MPH graduate program faculty mentor during their senior year in preparation for entry into the desired graduate program. The faculty mentor will encourage and guide the student on graduate coursework (with considerations to accommodate the accelerated timeline of the combined programs) and in the identification of opportunities for their master’s thesis project (MS programs) or integrated learning experience (MPH program).
    6. Coordinated application processes, application fee waived (through a SOPHAS voucher), and expedited application review. All letters of support may come from University of Rochester faculty.
  6. Program academic requirements and application process
    1. Students are conditionally accepted into the accelerated, combined degree program based upon criteria established by SMD PHS department based upon the students’ academic performance through their junior year. Students must maintain and meet GPA requirements through their senior year.
    2. Students are expected to have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40 in their undergraduate public health-related major or minor, and at least a 3.40 grade point average and no less than a B- grade for the three graduate-level courses that will be transferred into the master’s degree. Courses with a grade of less than B- are not eligible for transfer into the master’s program.
    3. At the end of their junior year, students should reach out to the Department of Public Health Sciences graduate program administrator and director of the desired master’s  program to declare their intention to pursue a combined degree program and to set up a time to further discuss their academic schedule and interests. Once they have discussed their intent with the graduate program staff and faculty, students should meet with the administrator for the undergraduate public health-related programs listed in section 2 to discuss their ASE program of study and timeline for completion.
    4. Students complete an application in the eighth semester of the combined degree program for the chosen master’s degree program through an online application management system called SOPHAS. This application system is not used by other SMD graduate programs but is the application management system for these PHS graduate programs and must be used for this application. This step is necessary to officially become a graduate student of SMD and more specifically, the Department of Public Health sciences.