Are you committed to improving the lives and health of others?

We'll help you get into the field faster with this dual degree in public health and nutrition.

Our students complete the accelerated BS/MS program in five years, receiving a bachelor's degree in public health and a master's degree in nutrition and health promotion. Graduates find opportunities and careers in a variety of fields promoting better health, including research, government programs, weight loss centers and exercise facilities.

Program Requirements

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 Nursing and Health Sciences.

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

The curriculum for this program is described below. Two graduate courses, SNHS 410 Research Methods and SNHS 450 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, or another SNHS course if scheduling is a problem, 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*
  • SNHS 410 Research Methods
  • SNHS 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 an advisor, a student will take two SNHS courses, usually SNHS 410 Research Methods and SNHS 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 view the Nutrition Catalog for graduate requirements.

    Anna Aguilera
    • Anna Aguilera
    • Assistant Professor, Biology
    • Phone: 617-521-2666
    • Office: S210
    Charlotte Russell
    Bruce Gray
    • D. Bruce Gray
    • Associate Professor, Biology
    • Phone: 617-521-2663
    • Office: S256
    Elizabeth Scott
    • Elizabeth Scott
    • Professor of Biology and Public Health, Department Chair of Public Health
    • Phone: 617-521-2664
    • Office: S257
    Jane Lopilato
    • Jane Lopilato
    • Associate Professor and Department Chair, Biology
    • Phone: 617-521-2661
    • Office: S254
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    • Mary Owen
    • Professor, Program Dir. for Health Professions
    • Phone: 617-521-2662
    • Office: S255
    Maria Abate
    • Maria Abate
    • Associate Professor - BIOL.
    • Phone: 617-521-2657
    • Office: S258
    Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras
    Lisa Brown
    Teresa Fung
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