Earn a dual bachelor and master's degree in five years
The environment is a powerful determinant of public health. Combining your environmental studies through Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) with a master's degree in public health will strengthen your ability to improve public health.
Our commitment to you
Graduates with a dual Bachelor degree in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies and a Master of Public Health will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values to work in a broad set of public health fields.
The environmental curriculum is rooted in laboratory and field research and informed by the humanities and social sciences. In the MPH program, you will acquire foundational knowledge in the profession and science of public health and factors related to human health.
In addition to a solid, interdisciplinary foundation in environmental curriculum, you will graduate with public health competencies in the areas of evidence-based approaches, public health and health care systems, planning and management, policy, leadership, communication, interprofessional practice, and systems thinking.
Loyola University Chicago is grounded in Jesuit values: expanding knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.
Students accepted into this program take three or four graduate-level MPH courses during their senior year, including Public Health Policy: Concepts and Practice; Public Health Principles and Practice; Determinants of Public Health, and one of three electives: Global Health Epidemiology, Health Impact Assessment, or Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.
Bachelor's from IES/MPH students complete the remainder of their MPH curriculum within approximately 12 months after their senior year.
Juniors (based on credit hours earned) in good academic standing in the Environmental Science/Studies Programs can apply to the five-year Bachelor/MPH dual degree program. Applications are accepted January through March, and students must meet the following criteria:
- Declared undergraduate major in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 for all course work at Loyola
- A minimum 3.0 GPA in at least five completed courses in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies (including 300-level courses)
- Two letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member from the major)
- One page Statement of Purpose
Juniors should apply using Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management (GPEM) during their Spring semester.