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Accelerated Public Health Program

The Accelerated Public Health Program (APHP) at Northwestern University provides high-achieving undergraduate students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees in five years. Students in this selective program will have access to early MPH Program acceptance, specialized advising, the opportunity to complete their MPH field experience abroad, and exemption from the GRE requirement for MPH admissions. Undergraduates from every Northwestern school and major are eligible to apply.

Students accepted into the program will begin earning credit towards the MPH during their fourth year, and will also have the opportunity to take advantage of specialized advising to more thoroughly plan their MPH field and culminating experiences before the start of their fifth/MPH year. APHP students will pursue the generalist track or a concentration in global health, epidemiology, or community health research during their MPH year.

This program was established through collaboration between Weinberg College’s Program in Global Health Studies and Feinberg’s Program in Public Health.

Distinctive Features of the APHP

Student Profile:

Northwestern undergraduate students who will be successful in the APHP will be high academic achievers with a demonstrated commitment to the field of public health. Through their work within and beyond the classroom, they will be dedicated to understanding and promoting health equity.

Students can come from any major or undergraduate school, as the field of public health requires skills and knowledge from a variety of disciplines. They should be interested in developing their data and analytical skills, and excited about gaining the theoretical background to apply to public health practice during their education and beyond graduation.

Approved Public Health (PUB_HLTH) classes taken during senior year of the APHP may be used as elective courses for those with a GHS major or minor. They do not fulfill or replace the core or additional GHS course requirements.

Applying to the APHP

For more information for the 2024-2025 application cycle, please view this info session:


Before matriculating to the Program in Public Health (year 5), students must have taken:

For your application, you will need:

2024 application timeline:

Ready to Apply?

Applications are open on CollegeNet.