MPP/MPH Joint Degree
The Public Policy and Public Health (MPP/MPH) dual degree program is designed for students seeking to advance their training in the quantitative and qualitative methods of policy analysis as well as expand their knowledge of public health issues and health policies.
The Master of Public Policy Program and the Master of Public Health Program provide
individual attention to help you realize your professional goals. The Public Health
Program combines public health training, leadership, and service; while the Master
of Public Policy program provides analytical training with opportunities to participate
in the policy process beyond the classroom. Both programs are small, and provide
opportunities to study issues you care about in real world settings.
Students can earn both the MPP and MPH in a three-year period. Individuals considering a career in policymaking with government, nonprofits, and the private sector requiring professional training in public health and policy analysis are encouraged to apply.
To apply for the joint degree program, students must submit separate applications to the MPP and MPH programs. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other. Students are encouraged to apply to both programs at the same time.
Upon acceptance and enrollment into the programs, students may then apply up to nine credit hours of MPH class work towards the 40 credit-hour requirement for the MPP degree. Likewise, students may count up to 12 credit hours of MPP class work towards fulfilling the 45 credit-hour requirement of the MPH degree. This option eliminates up to 21 credit hours that would be required to complete the two programs separately. Due to this reduction in credit requirements for both degrees, a student enrolled in the joint MPP/MPH degree program can expect to complete the two degrees in approximately six-to-seven semesters of full-time study. A student enrolled in the joint degree program must complete all MPH and all MPP requirements before either degree will be awarded.
Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees: a MPP degree awarded by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a MPH degree awarded by the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.