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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.

Health issues are an area of priority within the public arena. One of the primary ways health issues are dealt with is through public policy. Approaches to health issues range from government contracting for services to setting regulations that promote population-level health (e.g., childhood vaccination policies). Students who pursue a joint MPP/MPH degree will acquire the skills needed to conduct effective health policy analysis, understand organizational processes within the health domain, develop policy-based approaches to important issues of public health, and translate complex health policies for a lay audience. Graduates will also learn about working across public, non-profit, and private sectors to produce policy-based approaches for improving and protecting the public’s health. Through this joint degree program, graduates will gain the education needed to be effective in professional roles involving health policy development, administration, and evaluation.

Students graduating with a MPP/MPH degree will be qualified for many positions in the public health policy arena, including: health policy analyst, research associate, program planner/evaluator, risk analyst, and policy assistant.  Graduates of the program may pursue research and policy analysis positions in federal and state governmental agencies, consulting organizations, health advocacy groups, and health care associations.

For more information please contact either Elizabeth Henke in Public Policy or Kelbe Goupil in Public Health.

Why Combine?

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. 

Degree Requirements

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.

Students will pay the public health tuition rate (resident or nonresident) for public health (FPMD) school courses and regular graduate tuition (resident or nonresident) for public policy courses.

Sample Curriculum

for Full Time Joint MPP/MPH Degrees (students may also attend part time).

YEAR 1 - Fall 
PADMN 6320 - Public Policy Theories (3)
PBHLT 6500 - Public Health Systems & Services (3)
PBHLT 6300 - Epidemiology I (3)

YEAR 1 - Spring
PBHLT 6100 -Biostatistics I (3)
PADMN 6323 - Policy Analysis (3) 
PBHLT 6550 - Program Planning, Evaluation, & Implementation (3)

YEAR 2 - Fall
PBHLT 6400 - Public Health Management & Practice (3)
PBHLT 6600 - Social & Behavioral Science in Public Health (3) 
ECON 6300 - Public Finance (3)

YEAR 2 - Spring

PUBPL 6563 - Policy and Program Evaluation (3) 
PUBPL 6900 - Public Policy Research (3)
PBHLT 6700 Environmental & Biological Science in Public Health (3)

YEAR 3 - Fall 
STAT 6003 - Survey of Statistical Packages (3)
PUBPL 6960 - Independent Study Capstone Prep with Chair (1)
PUBPL 6965 - Survey Research Methods (3)
PBHLT Elective (3)

YEAR 3 - Spring
PUBPL 6950 - Applied Policy Project (3)
ECON 6380 - Law and Economics (3)
PBHLT 6900 - Capstone (3) 

PBHLT 6960 - Public Health Practicum (6) Fall, Spring & Summer


MPP will accept nine semester hours from MPH courses as elective credit hours in the MPP program.  These nine credit hours may include a combination of FPMD 6600, FPMD 6700, FPMD 6400 and FPMD 6600. Likewise, the MPH will accept 12 semester hours from MPP courses as elective credit hours in the MPH program.  These 12 credit hours may include a combination of PADMN 6320, PUBPL 6900, PUBPL 6563, PUBPL 6950.

The MPP program will accept Intro to Biostatistics for the Quantitative Methods core.  Efforts will be made to coordinate a student’s applied policy project with her/his public health practicum.  Finally, students in the joint program will be required to fulfill the comprehensive exam requirement of the MPH.


Last Updated: 4/9/19