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BS Public Health/MS Nutrition

BS Public Health/MS Nutrition

The Public Health major is an interdisciplinary major in Biology and Sociology and offers two tracks (Biology and Sociology). An accelerated five-year BS Public Health (Biology track)/MS Nutrition program is jointly offered by the Biology Department, College of Arts and Sciences and the Nutrition Department, School of Health Sciences.

Students complete this accelerated BS/MS program in five years and receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Public Health and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion. Graduates of this program will find opportunities and careers in a variety of fields promoting health, which include research, government programs, weight loss centers, and exercise facilities.

Simmons Public Health students with an overall minimum GPA of 3.3 may apply for the Masters in Nutrition and Health Promotion program after the end of their first semester junior year (deadline: February 15). Application to this program is directed to the SHS Director of Admissions. Both the application fee and the GRE requirement will be waived.

The curriculum for this program is described below. Two graduate courses, SHS 410 Research Methods and SHS 450 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, are taken during the fall and spring of the senior year. This is 6 credit hours which may be counted toward undergraduate degree credits*** and also fulfill two of their graduate course requirements, giving the students a significant graduate tuition reduction.

In order for an accepted student to continue with the program after her senior year (UG), she must meet the following academic standards her senior year. The student must..

  • Have maintained satisfactory academic progress in coursework through the Spring semester of her senior year and attained a final undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 upon graduation (including spring semester grades).
  • Have met the MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion requirement of attaining a minimum of a B in each of the graduate courses taken as part of the program during her senior year.

Combined requirements for the undergraduate Public Health major and graduate degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion:

Requirements for the undergraduate Public Health major and graduate degree in nutrition:

Year One

  • BIOL 113 General Biology
  • BIOL 104 Intro to Environmental Science
  • SOCI 241 Health Illness and Society
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic
  • MCC 102 Culture Matters
  • Modern Language (101)

Year Two

  • BIOL 221 Microbiology
  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics
  • NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science
  • BIOL 246 Foundations of Exercise
  • Modern Language (102)
  • Mode 1 Elective*
  • BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II

Year Three

  • SOCI 345 Health Care Systems and Policy
  • BIOL 346 Epidemiology and Infectious Disease
  • BIOL 347 Human Development and Genetics
  • Modern Language (201)
  • Mode 2 Elective*
  • CHEM 223 Biochemistry
  • NUTR 237 The Practice of Community Nutrition

Year Four

  • BIOL 350/370 Independent Study/Internship (8 credits)
  • PH 347 Seminar in Public Health
  • Biology Elective
  • Mode 5 Elective*
  • Mode 6 Elective*
  • SHS 410 Research Methods
  • SHS 450 Health Care Systems***

*Modes M1, M2, M5, M6 do not have to be taken in order listed.

***Note that one of these courses would be taken as a fifth course during the senior year.

Students need 127 unique credits to graduate with an undergraduate degree. This allows them to substitute one 3-credit course for the usual 4- credit offerings at Simmons. Since both of the graduate courses are 3-credits, then the student would have to take one of these as a fifth course, if they didn't have an extra course prior to the senior year.

Working with her advisor, a student will take SHS 410 Research Methods and SHS 450 The Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives during the fall and spring of senior year. Students need to maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue in the program. Please visit www.simmons.edu/shs/academics/nutrition/curriculum.shtml and view the Nutrition Catalog for graduate requirements.