Concentration Coursework

The CSE Transcriptable Graduate Concentration is designed to provide graduate students at both the Masters and Ph.D. levels with a solid base in problem-solving using computation as a major tool for modeling complicated problems in science and engineering.  This concentration requires students to complete 16 graduate credit hours, as outlined under the Graduate Concentration course requirements. Courses taken toward this concentration will count towards the student’s graduate degree if permitted by the curriculum of their major and the concentration will be listed on their transcript upon graduation.

The graduate concentration is only available for students enrolled in participating departments. For a list of currently participating departments click here.

Graduate Concentration Enrollment Procedure(2 Step Process)

  • STEP 1: Complete CSE online Graduate Registration form (must log in with university credentials).
  • STEP 2: Once the student submits the CSE online Graduate Registration (step 1), we will send you a welcome confirming you have been accepted to the CSE graduate concentration program. The welcome email will also include a link to a form needed by the graduate college to officially add the concentration to your transcript. You must complete the form as soon as we send you the email with the link.

Graduate Concentration Completion—Steps for getting a transcriptable recognition

Once you have completed the graduate concentration requirement, the student must submit the CSE Graduate Concentration Approval Form (must log in with university credentials). You are not eligible to elect this concentration if you have completed all the required coursework before you enroll in the concentration. Concentrations are not awarded retroactively. The approval form requires that you attach a copy of your DARS report. The DARS report is an audit of your records indicating what classes you have taken. You will need to have received letter grades in all your CSE concentration requirement courses. Please highlight the courses you took to satisfy the certificate option before attaching the DARS report. Upon receiving your graduate concentration approval form, the CSE office will confirm the fulfillment of the concentrations and notify the Graduate College and the student's home department once we verify the student has completed the requirements for the Concentration.

Graduate Concentration Curriculum

Please see our course requirements and refer any curriculum questions to the Computational Science and Engineering Office

MPH Concentration Coursework

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a 48-credit degree that trains students from diverse backgrounds to practice public health. The MPH program is carefully designed to provide a broad, but rigorous foundation in the core disciplines of public health and in-depth training in the student’s chosen area of concentration with a strong emphasis on mastery of both concepts and skills that enable our graduates to be highly effective practitioners. The core curriculum provides a solid foundation of knowledge, concepts and skills that are further refined in concentration courses in an area of study chosen by the student; these provide depth, mastery, and solid practical skills. The broad expertise of the faculty and the freedom to choose electives from over 230 high quality courses spanning the range of public health provide flexibility and enable students to customize their program of study to suit their individual career goals. Concepts, skills, and expertise are integrated and further refined through the culminating experience and a field-based practicum which the student designs or chooses from a wide array of domestic and international public health agencies.

BUSPH graduates bring a well-rounded, evidence-based approach to addressing public health problems. They are aware of the interplay of the biological, social, economic, cultural, political, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect health, and are prepared to work in a wide array of settings to address public health problems. They critically analyze public health literature, create innovative solutions to problems in collaboration with others, evaluate program effectiveness, and present their views clearly in both spoken and written communications. Upon completion of the MPH degree requirements, graduates are able to:

  • Identify the determinants of health and disease;
  • Estimate the burden and patterns of disease in communities in order to prioritize health needs;
  • Use systematic approaches to develop, implement, and evaluate public health policies, programs, or services;
  • Communicate effectively to multiple audiences;
  • Demonstrate the ability to access and use data to identify and solve public health problems;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a team;
  • Apply ethical and legal principles to public health practice and policy;
  • Work with and incorporate perspectives of diverse groups and communities; and
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge and skills for effective practice in a selected field of study.

MPH Requirements for Students Matriculating in Academic Year 2015-2016

  • Completion of 48 graduate-level credit units numbered SPH XX 700 and above
  • Completion of at least 40 of these credit units within the Boston University School of Public Health
  • Completion of six core courses with a grade of B- or better in each core course
  • Completion of concentration requirements
  • Completion of a public health practicum according to guidelines
  • Completion of a culminating experience according to guidelines
  • A School of Public Health grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Completion of the MPH within five years

Note: Physical education (PDP), undergraduate, and non-approved graduate courses do not count toward the MPH

All MPH students must meet the requirements of the MPH concentrations in which they are enrolled. Once MPH students have a plan to meet the minimum concentration requirements, they have the option of taking additional classes outside of the concentration as electives, emphasis areas (if offered by concentration), directed studies, or additional concentration courses.

MPH Elective Courses

Students must meet the core course, concentration, culminating experience, and practicum requirements for the MPH. The remaining credits of the MPH may be met by taking elective courses. Elective courses are SPH graduate courses not in the student’s stated concentration requirements. Students are free to register for any course numbered SPH XX 700 or above offered at the School of Public Health, assuming they meet the stated prerequisites. In addition, degree candidates may enroll in courses through other graduate schools at Boston University, the Boston Consortium, or other accredited universities in the United States. Courses taken outside of BU School of Public Health are subject to the Waiver and Transfer Credit Policy. Students must have pre-approval for classes taken outside of SPH and need to be aware of relevant policies for international student status and financial aid should they enroll in a class that is not approved for the degree program.

When choosing elective courses consider what content areas and skills you wish to develop. Depending on your interests, the other concentrations offer courses that will complement different aspects of your concentration. Talk to your classmates in other concentrations, use the course description search to search by keywords, review course syllabi, as well as the student course evaluations, and discuss your interests with your advisor.

Directed Studies or Directed Research

In addition to classroom instruction, students may arrange a 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-credit directed study or directed research project with a faculty member. Students may apply up to 8 credits of directed studies, directed research, or practicum courses toward an MPH. These projects require the written approval of a full-time School of Public Health faculty sponsor who will assume responsibility for the approval process and assigning grades. To register for the Directed Study or Directed Research project, students must complete a Directed Study or Directed Research Proposal form (available at the SPH Registrars office or online), obtain the required signatures, and return the completed forms to the SPH Registrar.

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