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 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. Working with an advisor, two graduate courses, CNHBS 410 Research Methods and CNHBS 450 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, are taken in the senior year.

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

Year One

  • PH 101 Introduction to Public Health
  • BIOL 113 General Biology
  • BIOL 104 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • SOCI 241 Health, Illness and Society
  • CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry: Inorganic
  • CHEM 112 Introduction to Chemistry: Organic

Year Two

  • BIOL 221 Microbiology
  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics
  • NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science
  • BIOL 246 Foundations of Exercise
  • BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II

Year Three

  • SOCI 345 Health Care Systems and Policy
  • PH201 Introduction to Epidemiology 
  • BIOL 347 Human Development and Genetics
  • CHEM 223 Biochemistry
  • NUTR 237 The Practice of Community Nutrition

Year Four

  • BIOL 350/355 Independent Study/Internship (8 credits) or PH370
  • PH 347 Seminar in Public Health Biology Elective
  • SNHS 410 Research Methods
  • SNHS 450 Health Care Systems***

***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 their advisor, a student will take 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.

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