What Dual Degree Options are Available with an MPH?

Those who want to obtain an MPH dual degree have plenty of options available, but some schools require candidates to separately apply to each of the two collaborating schools, so students must meet the admissions requirements of both programs and apply as soon as possible.

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MSW/MPH-based Programs

The Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health concurrent programs are designed to give students human services and population-based perspectives. Students gain expertise in the quantitative sciences that prepares them to be become effective members of the social work community. They have the ability to collaboratively plan, carefully implement and evaluate key social welfare service programs. Potential jobs with this degree include global health officer, public health analyst and director of community outreach. Students take classes related to the social, economic and psychological contributors to public health problems. Students will learn how to apply conceptual tools to analyze health-related behaviors and social welfare problems.

MBA/MPH-based Programs

MBA/MPH programs prepare graduates for leadership roles in the business side of government, health services and disease prevention organizations. Most of these students enter these programs with at least five years of health care-related managerial work experience. Students will primarily study strategic leadership principles and tools within the contexts of global health systems. Topics will cover systems thinking, creative tension, mental models, commitment to change and action-learning principles. Students will be able to understand how mindsets shape reality by impacting health related decisions. They will know how to create a shared vision of a better future for the community as a whole through promoting coalitions, shared goals and mutual respect.

MJ/MPH-based Programs

A Master of Journalism and Master of Public Health program will allow students to combine their interests in media and communications with public health. These programs are designed to generate public health professionals who are talented communicators and effective media practitioners who have the training and knowledge needed to cover public medical issues through various media platforms. These include print, online, broadcast, social media and other platforms. These programs usually expect students to select a public health concentration in something like epidemiology, social behaviors or infectious diseases. Students also learn how journalism and public health intersect with each other in order to work in a variety of media and public health settings.

MPP/MPH-based Programs

A Master of Public Policy goes well with a Master of Public Health program. Most applicants have work experience in the field of health policy and understand public policy analysis techniques. Students will gain knowledge through the hands-on application of skills in real-world practice settings in collaboration with a health practice organizations. Students will be able to assess the population’s health within specific jurisdictions and develop approaches to address unique public health problems. Graduates go on to take research and policy analysis positions in the public sector in state and federal governmental agencies, and in the private sector in consulting organizations, health care associations and health advocacy groups.

Those who want to earn an MPH dual degree should also consider specializing in environmental health, which will teach them how to control major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries. Regardless of the choice, a dual degree is an excellent choices for graduate students.