Public Health

College

Population Health

Degree Earned

Master of Public Health

Program Type

Onsite

Bridge Pathway

Earn an MPH as a Bridge Student

Bridge students are enrolled in one of our partner institutions. They take up to four Master of Public Health (MPH) courses while still in undergraduate during their junior or senior year and the courses are applied to their undergraduate degree. After earning their bachelor’s degree, Bridge students continue to take courses in the MPH, either on a part-time or full-time basis. Jefferson's MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

JCPH supports students on the Bridge Pathway by providing a flexible course schedule and a host of supplemental activities and experiential learning opportunities. Classes are offered throughout the day, in the evening, and online to accommodate students’ schedules. Supplemental activities include a lecture series, journal clubs and registration to a nationally recognized conference on population health. Students on the Bridge Pathway also complete a field experience where they gain real world public health experience. Additionally, students on the Bridge Pathway work closely with faculty to design and complete an independent Capstone that focuses on a topic of their choice.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Bridge Pathway, applicants must:

  • Be an undergraduate student from one of our partner institutions (see details under Partner Institutions below).
  • Be in good academic standing at their undergraduate institution.
  • Have approval from their undergraduate institution.

Benefits

Students on the Bridge Pathway will receive:

  • Intensive faculty mentoring and career advising
  • Online admission to the Population Health Colloquium, a large national meeting hosted by the College and held each year in Philadelphia
  • Tuition discount

Expectations

Students on the Bridge Pathway are required to:

  • Provide their undergraduate transcript to Jefferson upon graduation
  • Maintain active status in the MPH program
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete the 120 hour applied practice field experience (Clerkship)
  • Complete an independent Capstone of publishable quality

Partner Institutions

The Bridge Pathway is open to students enrolled at Rutgers University-Camden (RU-C). Students are eligible to apply to Jefferson’s MPH program if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4 point scale for all baccalaureate work completed at RU-C. The student’s program director or academic advisor must also recommend the student for admission.

Accepted RU-C juniors and seniors, maintaining a 3.3 or better GPA, are eligible to take up to four MPH courses in their junior or senior year prior to graduating from RU-C.

While still enrolled as an undergraduate at Rutgers, tuition and fees for all approved pre-fall, fall, spring, and summer MPH courses are paid for by RU-C. To be approved, students must be registered for Rutgers undergraduate courses for the academic term.

Once students graduate from RU-C, they are responsible for paying for tuition and fees. They will receive a tuition discount and may receive financial aid assistance from Jefferson.

The Bridge Pathway is open to students enrolled at Jefferson University-East Falls (TJU-EF). Students are eligible to enroll in graduate MPH courses if they have earned a minimum of 75 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. The student’s program director or academic advisor must also approve any course enrollments.

TJU-EF students are eligible to take up to four MPH courses in their junior or senior year prior to graduating from TJU-EF. The graduate courses must be used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements in order for the student to remain aid-eligible.

Once students graduate from TJU-EF, they may apply to the MPH program. If accepted, students will receive a tuition discount on their remaining MPH coursework.

Please review the full academic policy here. If undergraduate TJU-EF students are interested in taking MPH classes, please reach out to Katherine Puskarz.

Application Process

To apply to the Bridge Pathway, please view the application instructions and click the SOPHAS EXPRESS online application link below.

Jefferson's Master of Public Health (MPH) program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).