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Public Health and Behavioral Health - Dual Degree, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Public Health and Behavioral Health - Dual Degree offered by the University of the San Francisco is ideal for students who want a broad, in-depth knowledge base in public health with an emphasis on behavioral health skills.

Courses are practice oriented and applied skills are emphasized. Dual degree students graduate with the knowledge to design, implement, and lead evidence-based health care and community programs.

On completing the dual degree program, graduates will have two degrees: Both the Master of Public Health and the MS in Behavioral Health. By pursuing this dual degree option, students will achieve a substantial savings in time and credits over completing these two degrees separately.

The program teaches students how to implement and monitor programs; set up budgets, timelines and tracking tools; and write a grant proposal. Dual degree students also learn about ethics and policy and their roles in program development. Further, there is a major focus on research methods, epidemiology, and statistical analysis. Students take a class in each of these areas to learn and hone skills for conducting research and evaluation activities.

The Dual Degree program has a substantive focus on how to develop evidence-based interventions that have a high likelihood of success, use behavior change theory and holistic models and frameworks, and are based on community needs and assessment. MSBH coursework provides a foundation in effective behavioral health approaches that can be used in primary care, chronic disease self-management and community settings.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Behavioral Health or Public Health 
  • Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care
  • Chronic Conditions: Bio-Psychosocial Aspects and Interventions 
  • Biostatistics 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Applied Research Methods or Research Methods in Public Health and Epidemiology 
  • Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation
  • Communicating for Healthy Behavior and Social Change
  • Project Management and Quality Improvement
  • Public Health Leadership and Administration
  • Environmental and Occupational Health

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A completed online application and fee
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree (in any field) from an accredited institution
  • Prerequisites: College-level courses in both psychology, and statistics or research methods are required.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. 
  • Personal statement with three (3) required parts. 
  • Two letters of recommendation. 
  • Résumé
  • For international students only:
    • Certification of Finances form or Letter of Support
    • Bank statement(s) that indicate funds for the total costs
    • A copy of passport copy
    • English Language Exam: Official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores
    • International Transcripts: Your transcripts need to be in the original language of your university, AND in English translation

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      1340 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1340 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      1340 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1340 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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    $1,340 per unit.

    Living costs for San Francisco

    • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
      Living Costs

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