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MPH Dual Degrees

The public health perspective is increasingly relevant to clinical fields, where population-based research and health behavior models assist in the application of preventive health services. Clinically trained professionals are discovering that the MPH degree opens new career options and enhances their mobility within their chosen fields.

Dual degrees with the MPH are now available in collaboration with the following schools. (Students must need admissions requirements for both schools/programs. Separate applications are required.)

School of Medicine (M.D.-M.P.H.): The Medical Doctorate and the Master of Public Health degrees, when pursued concurrently, enhance medical careers by enabling physicians to better understand and address the social, behavioral and environmental factors that influence the health and health practices of their patients. Additional benefits include new career opportunities and access to a broader base of external funding.

School of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.-M.P.H.): Podiatric students will begin the M.P.H. curriculum on a part-time basis during the second semester of their first year of medical school and complete the program with one year of full-time M.P.H. course work taken during a leave of absence from the School of Podiatric Medicine after completing the second year of podiatric school.

School of Social Work (M.S.W.-M.P.H.): Temple University's Department of Social and Behavioral Health and the School of Social Work’s (SSW) dual degree program affords full-time students the opportunity to earn Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees in three years or in four years for part-time students. The program prepares professionals to assess, understand, and address health-related concerns that impact the well-being of individuals, populations, and communities. Field experiences, which are integral to both programs, provide dual degree students opportunities to apply theories and skills from both professions to health-related practice and to explore numerous and exciting career options. M.S.W.- M.P.H. graduates may seek employment as administrators, policy and program planners and evaluators, counselors or clinicians, educators, and/or researchers.

Kornberg School of Dentistry (D.M.D.-M.P.H.): The interwoven program adds just one year to the medical school experience. The first year of study (fall, spring and summer sessions) in the D.M.D./M.P.H. program will be spent in the College of Public Health’s Department of Public Health, where the student will complete the majority (24-30 credit hours) of the required M.P.H. courses. After completion of the first year M.P.H. curriculum, students will proceed to matriculate into the School of Dentistry, finishing the remainder of the required M.P.H. courses and fieldwork on a part-time basis over a four-year period.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.-M.P.H.): The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and the Master of Public Health degrees, when pursued concurrently, enhance medical careers by enabling physicians to better understand and address the social, behavioral and environmental factors that influence the health and health practices of their patients. Additional benefits include new career opportunities and access to a broader base of external funding. 

Beasley School of Law (J.D.-M.P.H.): This program affords full-time students the opportunity to earn the JD and MPH degrees in four years. The JD-MPH program is designed to develop professionals in the field of public health law practice who have a clear understanding of the law as well as the associated implications for public health practice and the impact on population health outcomes. Students will complete their studies with an understanding of the fundamental critical thinking skills necessary for practice in accordance with the American Bar Association (ABA) and the competencies necessary for public health practice in accordance with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) competencies, including social, environmental, and behavioral aspects of health, the analytic sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics, and principles of health service management, including program planning, evidence-based practice, and evaluation. Field experiences, which are integral to both programs, provide dual degree students opportunities to apply theories and skills from both professions to health-related practice and to explore numerous and exciting career options. JD-MPH graduates may seek employment as public health attorneys, health policy analysts, administrators and many other options, as well as the potential to pursue additional studies in the form of a doctorate.

For all dual degrees, there are four concentrations to choose from:

M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Science —The MPH in Social and Behavioral Science prepares students for practice-oriented careers in health promotion, health counseling and health education, with a focus on addressing the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health, as well as public health program development, implementation and evaluation. 

M.P.H. in Environmental Health —Prepares graduates for practice-oriented careers in environmental health and management, with an emphasis on examining environmental factors and environmental policy that affect the health and sustainable environments of communities. 

M.P.H. in EpidemiologyThe Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology is a professional degree program for those students who desire to receive fundamental and applied training in the public health sciences with a focus on epidemiological study design, disease surveillance methods, bioethics of population-based research, and core biostatistical methods.

M.P.H. in Applied BiostatisticsThe program is designed to train professionals in the field of public health who have a clear understanding of and expertise in the use, statistical application, and interpretation of large and complex data sets; the critical importance of valid study designs and analytic methods; and the application of hypothesis-based development and statistical programming and testing.

M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management (HPM)—Designed to develop professionals in the field of public health who have a clear understanding of the health policy and management of health-related programs, as well as the associated implications for public health practice and the impact on population health outcomes.