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Graduate School
The University of Mississippi

GradSHARK Launch PAAD – Public Health, MPH

Undergraduate students interested in graduate study in History can get a head start in earning a graduate degree through the GradSHARK Launch PAAD for History.

Requirements to qualify:

  • Public Health and Health Sciences Major
  • 3.0 minimum GPA overall
  • 90 completed credit hours as an undergraduate
  • To participate in the PAAD, students must take PH 505 instead of 305 once admitted; without taking this course, completion of the MPH in one additional year may not be possible
  • Admitted students must take one 500-level elective in either fall or spring of the 4th year of undergraduate study and should check course availability (electives are those in the available course list marked by “^”); without taking the electives, completion of the MPH in one additional year may not be possible

Note, to be formally admitted by the Graduate School upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, PAAD participants will need to complete an application for graduate study in their senior year.

Number of credit hours a student can earn towards the graduate degree while completing their undergraduate studies:

15 credit hours

Courses* undergraduate students in the Launch PAAD can take to earn credit towards the graduate degree:

  • PH 505: Health Program Planning (Students must take this class instead of PH 305)
  • PH 528: Public Health Policy
  • PH 555: Health Equity
  • Jour/IMC 585: Health Communication
  • One of the following
    • GEOL 500: Intro to GIS^
    • ES 511: Applied Statistics^
    • PH 515: Motivational Interviewing^
    • PH 620 Emerging Issues in Public Health^
    • ES 515: Stress and the Brain^
    • NHM 522: Nutrition Policy^
    • IMC 541: Consumer Behavior/Target Behavior^
    • IMC 553: Strategic Communication Planning^
    • IMC 562: Crisis Communication^
    • IMC 571: Internet and Mobile Media^

^indicates an elective option (students take two electives in fulfilling the degree requirements for the MPH; taking additional electives will not count towards degree requirements)

*Students who fail to reserve 500-level courses for graduate credit at the time they take the course will not receive graduate credit for the course (graduate level work must be completed to earn graduate credit). Reserving graduate credit with 500-level courses is required to ensure the Graduate School and instructor know the student must complete graduate credit requirements for the course. Students cannot later claim graduate credit for 500-level courses if they did not take the appropriate steps to notify the Graduate School prior to taking the course.

To Enroll:

Students must be accepted into the Launch PAAD and complete the requisite GradSHARK Launch PAAD Course Enrollment Form for this degree. The form must be received by the Graduate School (the form requires approval from your Undergraduate Advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator for Civil Engineering). During each subsequent term, the student must submit a new enrollment form for this program if they wish to take courses that can count towards a graduate degree (students will not officially be registered for graduate courses until this form is complete).

For more information about participation in the GradSHARK Launch PAAD, guidelines, financial aid and available areas of study, please see the GradSHARK Launch PAAD homepage.