MS in Medical Sciences Dual Degree Options

Dr. David Gagnon
School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and the School of Public Health offer a dual degree that is broadly based in preclinical medical sciences and public health. Students must apply and be accepted to both the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and to the School of Public Health. The admissions do not have to be concurrent.  Often a MAMS student will choose to apply to the dual degree MPH program once they arrive at BU usually following the fall semester.

Students in the MS/MPH program take core courses in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and the School of Public Health. Taken as separate degree programs, the Master of Public Health requires 48 credits and the Master of Science in Medical Sciences requires 32 credits. The dual MS/MPH, however, is awarded upon completion of 72 credits; 40 in BUSPH and 32 in BU GMS. The degrees are simultaneous degrees, meaning either degree cannot be awarded singly. Students are awarded the degrees during the same graduation period (May, September, or January) and must have successfully completed the requirements of both degrees.

MPH requirements for MS/MPH degree candidates: All students must complete a minimum of 40 credits of courses numbered SPH 700 or above. No transfer credit is allowed. Students must meet all core, concentration, and degree requirements, including the practicum and the culminating experience, for their concentration at the School of Public Health.

Dual Degree Program in Medical Sciences and Clinical Investigation

Susan S. Fish, PhD.
Director and Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Contact:  Stacey Hess Pino, Assistant Director

A number of the students in the Medical Sciences Program who take the Clinical Investigation electives in that concentration do so to gain a clinical research background prior to attending medical school.  As well, some students elect to pursue a M.S. in Medical Sciences and an M.S. in Clinical Investigation with the intent of pursing clinical research related career opportunities in academic institutions, or in pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device industries.  The  Dual Degree Program in Medical Science and Clinical Investigation would give these students an opportunity to gain training that will serve them well as clinician- researcher.

Dual Degree Program in MS Medical Sciences  and MA Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine (MHCBM).

Stephen Brady, PhD
Director of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

The MMS/MHBM is an 85-credit Dual Degree Program. This program offers students an opportunity to combine a broad-based program in Medical Sciences with a professional study in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine including a strong academic foundation in neuroscience.  The MMS/MHCBM program is designed to be completed in as little as two years, including summer sessions, or three years excluding summer sessions. In addition to coursework graduates will develop research skills in the medical sciences as part of their successful completion of a thesis, and clinical mental health skills which include substantial field training.  Successful completion of the program will also lead to eligibility for independent licensure as a mental health counselors.  Students completing the program will be awarded a Masters of Arts in both Medical Science and Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine.