Boston University

School of Public Health

Public Health


640 Commonwealth Ave

Boston, MA 02215

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MCH Leadership Educa, International Health, Managing Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MS Mass Communication concentration in communication studies is recommended for those who wish to develop their command of general communication strategies and skills—written, oral, and computer-mediated—but who do not want to prepare specifically for the fields of advertising, public relations, or applied research.

General communication strategies and skills are applicable to a variety of professional roles in a number of settings. Individuals who are proficient in these strategies and skills serve as managers in various kinds of organizations, such as nonprofit groups, government agencies, publishing houses, and other commercial, educational, or industrial settings. The concentration also provides a suitable background for those who wish to go on for a more advanced degree in communication. For those wishing a strong foundation in computer-mediated communication, selections from the last four courses listed below are especially recommended. Boston University’s School of Public Health programs provide a comprehensive education in all facets of public health. The School offers opportunities for individuals who wish to pursue different levels and approaches to public health. Our goal is to ensure that BUSPH graduates have the knowledge and skills to address complex public health problems and thereby advance the health of populations.  The School’s involvement with a variety of communities – through meaningful partnerships with local, state, national, and international agencies and organizations – provides students with an exciting variety of hands-on learning opportunities. 

We educate current and future public health professionals for practice-oriented careers that will bring change and effective solutions to public health issues.  All of our courses are taught by full-time faculty and by instructors who conduct research and practice public health in the community.  Faculty members are biostatisticians, epidemiologists, engineers, social scientists, economists, lawyers, and physicians who focus on finding real solutions to public health problems and on empowering communities to implement them.  

The School of Public Health encompasses seven departments – Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights; Health Policy and Management; International Health; and Community Health Sciences – offering Master's level, Doctoral level, and Certificate programs.  BUSPH offers seven joint degree programs in collaboration with the School of Law, School of Management, the School of Social Work, the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, the School of Medicine, and Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences (JD/MPH, MBA/MPH, MSW/MPH, MA/MPH, MD/MPH, BA/MPH, and BS/MPH respectively).


NEASC – New England Association of Schools & Colleges CEPH – Council on Education for Public Health

International Student Requirements:

All international students whose native language is not English must provide results of the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) or the academic module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If a international applicant's native language is English, or he/she has graduated from a college/university in which English was the language of instruction, an applicant may request a waiver of the TOEFL. Those requesting a waiver should submit a written request, along with supporting documentation demonstrating that the language of instruction at the applicant's university was English, sent directly to Boston University School of Public Health Office of Admissions. Tests score minimum requirements are: TOEFL ibt 100, TOEFL pbt 600, IELTS total band score 6.0

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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