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3+2 BS/MPH Program with the University at Buffalo (UB)

Joint Bachelors/Masters Degree Program with the University at Buffalo(UB)’s School of Public Health and Health Professions

The Department of Health Science has entered into a collaborative arrangement with the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Healthand Health Professions. The program allows qualified students to complete the equivalent of three years of undergraduate study at Brockport and complete two years of graduate study at UB to earn both the Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees.   Brockport Health Science students have several curricular options with this initiative; however, the Public Health and Health Care Administration tracks offer the most likely pathways (see below). Students need to complete 96 credits at Brockport with a minimum 3.2 GPA and at least a “B” in all health science classes, complete all program required courses, take the Graduate Record Exam and apply to UB by January of the 3rd year of study. Admission to the University at Buffalo is competitive – there is no guarantee of acceptance, but the challenging curriculum at Brockport should offer these students an admission’s advantage. Two MPH degree programs are available at UB: Community Health and Health Behavior, and Health Services Administration. With health issues likely to dominate the nation’s agenda over the next several decades and the cost advantages of SUNY tuition, this five year, two degree program offers an attractive and cost effective option for promising students to pursue.


  • What is Public Health?
  • Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury.
  • Public health is a diverse and dynamic field. Public Health professionals come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields. A host of specialists, including teachers, journalists, researchers, administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists, and attorneys, work to protect the health of the public.
  • Public health is a field geared toward serving others. Public health professionals serve local, national, and international communities. They are leaders who meet the many exciting challenges in protecting the public's health today and in the future.
  • Public health is a rewarding field. The field of public health offers great personal fulfillment - working towards improving people's health and well being is a rewarding day's work.

          For All Students - General Education Requirements:
                Academic Planning [GEP 100]
                College Mathematics [HLS 488 – required for HLS majors]
                Basic Communication [ENL 112]
                Diversity [HLS 306 – required for HLS majors]
                Arts (no performance experience) [F or P course designation]
                Arts (with performance experience) [P course designation]
                Western Civilization [G course designation – often included with O course designation]
                Other World Civilization (non-Western) [O and sometimes with G course designation]
                Humanities [H course designation]
                Contemporary Issues [HLS 306 – required for HLS majors]
                Natural Science (with lab) [CHM 205]
                Natural Science (no lab) [N/L course designation; BIO 111, 201]
                Social Science [Soc 100]
                Computer Literacy [GEP 150}
                American History [V course designation]
                Perspectives on Women [HLS 419 – required for HLS majors]
                Foreign Language [Foreign Language 111 and 112]

Option 1: Health Science:  Public Health  (with commitment to the 3 + 2 BS/MPH Program)

Required Core:  9 credits
HSL 303 Environmental Health
HLS 317 Introduction Public Health
HLS 488 Applied Epidemiology/ Biostatistics
Philosophies/ Approaches of Public Health: Required 3 credits
HLP 302 Foundations of Health Education
HLS 489 Epidemiology
HLS 450 Global Health
 Content Electives: Required 9 credits
                HLS 311 Nutrition
                HLS 312 Mental Health
                HLS 313 Introduction to Safety
                HLS 314 Family Life Science
                HLS 409 Introduction Alcohol/ Other Drugs
                HLS 419 Human Sexuality [W course designation]
                HLS 426 HIV/AIDS
                HLS 471 Child and Adolescent Stress
                HLS 475 Computer Applications in Health
 Integrated Experience: 3 credits
HLS 495 Research Methods
Total Liberal Arts Credits: minimum 24

Option 2: Health Science – Health Care Administration (with commitment to the 3 + 2 BS/MPH Program)

Required Core:  27 credits
HSL 410 Introduction to Health Care Administration
HLS 411 Management Communication
HLS 412 Health Care Administration Planning
HLS 413 Risk Management
HLS 488 Applied Epidemiology/ Biostatistics
ACC 280 Principles of Accounting
BUS 335 Principles of Marketing
BUS 365 Principles of Management
BUS 464 Human Resources Management
Integrated Experience: 3 credits
HLS 496 Internship in Health Care Administration
Total Health Care Administration Credits: minimum 30
            Buffalo Highly Recommended Undergraduate Courses:

           General Biology                                                   4 credits
           Anatomy and Physiology or Microbiology            4 credits
           Statistics or Calculus                                            3 credits
           Chemistry I and II                                                  8 credits
           Sociology or Social Psychology                            3 credits
           One course from: Psychology, Anthropology,
           Political Science, or Economics                            3 credits
           Basic Computing course                                       3-4 credits

SPM 501 Epidemiology Principles (4 credits)
SPM 507 Introduction to Health Care Organizations (3)
CHB 501 Study of Health Behaviors (3)
SPM 533 Principles of Public Health (3)
SPM 535 Biological Basis of Public Health (3)
SPM 549 Environmental Health  
SPM 590 Graduate Seminar (0)
STA 506 Introduction to Statistical Computing (except the HS Administration Program (3)
STA 527 Introduction to Medical Statistics (4)
Additional Core Requirements – (8 credits)
 Required Field Training (i.e., internship) (6 credits)
 Integrative Project (2 credits) (The Culminating Experience)
 Masters in Public Health Concentration in Community Health & Health           Behavior
Required Course (3 credits)
SPM 523 Introduction to Program Planning and Evaluation
HB 500 Health Behavior Change
Course Electives (12 credits):
HB 528 The Public Health Practice of Tobacco Control (3)
ES 564 Obesity (3)
ES526 Eating Behavior (3)
SPM 519 Principles of Measurement in Public Health (3)
SPM 529 Field Experience in Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
SPM 534 Global Health (3)
SPM 538 Community Health Assessment and Surveillance (3)
SPM 543 Public Health Practice (3)
PTR 500 Cancer Control and Prevention (3)
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 Masters in Public Health Concentration in Health Services Administration
Required Courses (9 credits):
SPM 523 Introduction to Program Planning and Evaluation
SPM 530 Administrative Theory and Practice for Public Health Practitioners
SPM 543 Public Health Practice
Elective Courses (9 credits)
SPM 529 Field Experience in Program planning and Evaluation
SPM 536 Management for Public Health Professionals
SPM 537/ LAW 618 Public Health Law [LawSchoolcourse]
SPM 538 Community Health Assessment and Surveillance
SPM 539/MGH 633 Introduction to Health Economics
SPM 542/ MGH 634/ LAW 719 Health Policy in theUnited States
SPM 632/ MGH 632 Strategic and Operations Management in Health Care Systems

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                                Total Credits Either Program: 49

  • Brockport students would typically commit to the 3+ 2 BS/MPH Program by no later than the fall of their junior year. Majors in other Health Science tracks (most likely Health Care Administration) can be eligible for this program if they have completed all 30 credit hours in their respective tracks and have met all other 3 + 2 BS/MPH Program requirements.
  • 3 + 2 BS/MPH committed students must maintain a >3.2 overall Brockport GPA, including at least a B in all health science courses (minimum of 24 credits).
  • 3 + 2 BS/MPH admitted students must complete a minimum of 96 credits, including required General Education classes and all UB program recommended course requirements.
  • After one year and at least 24 credits (minimum grade of C for each) from any concentration in the UB Masters in Public Health programs, students would be awarded a BS degree in Public Health (or their concentration if applicable) from Brockport.


Thomas Golaszewski, Ed.D., Professor and Coordinator
Health Care Administration Program
Department of Health Science
17D Hartwell Hall
Brockport, NY14420

Jennifer Boyle, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Coordinator
Liberal Arts Degree Program
16B Hartwell Hall
Brockport, NY14420

Last Updated 11/30/11