St. Bonaventure University

Early Assurance in Public Health


Our early assurance public health program guarantees qualified high school seniors’ placement in our Master of Public Health (MPH) program as incoming freshmen. Students may have the opportunity to begin graduate-level courses during their fourth year.


Qualifications and requirements

Qualified students accepted into this early assurance who maintain certain standards throughout their undergraduate studies have a seat waiting for them in our graduate Master of Public Health program.

To qualify for the early assurance Master of Public Health program, prospective students must have a high school GPA of 90% or higher OR score at least 1150 on the SAT.

Requirements include:
  • Students may major in any Bachelor of Science degree program.
  • Students must complete prerequisite courses in biology, statistics and sociology or psychology
  • Students must maintain full-time status and maintain a 3.0 college cumulative GPA.
  • Current SBU students may apply for early assurance if they meet the prerequisite and 3.0 GPA requirements.
The Master of Public Health provides students with the opportunity to explore the history and principles of public health, international health, public health leadership, health promotion, marketing, diverse populations, environmental health and health policy within a rigorous curriculum.

The students in this major will be prepared to succeed and lead in a public health environment (e.g. community health, health education, health/safety administration), advance their education and experience outside of clinical health and medicine, and/or pursue advanced studies in public health, public policy, health administration, biostatistics and epidemiology.

How to apply for early assurance

When applying for admission to St. Bonaventure, whether using the free Common Application or St. Bonaventure’s free application, applicants should indicate, under the “Pre-Professional” question, that they wish to apply for an early assurance program.