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Dual Degree

The interdisciplinary nature of the MPH degree readily lends itself to combined degree efforts. The Master of Public Health program currently offers five dual degree options which allow students to expand their primary degree focus and gain public health knowledge and skills.  Students must apply and be admitted to each program independently.

Advanced Placement BS in Nursing to MPH Degree:  The advanced placement BS in Nursing to MPH Degree provides UW-Madison Nursing students the opportunity to receive a BS in Nursing degree after four years and a MPH degree after a fifth year of study.  The proposed degree option utilizes a structured schedule that allows a select number of nursing students to begin to take MPH courses during their second year in the nursing program.  This is not a dual or joint degree.

MD/MPH (Medicine): The MD/MPH dual degree provides additional skills and knowledge in the increasingly vital field of Public Health for physicians in training. The dual degree increases career options for physicians to work in public health venues, such as community, state, national and international public health organizations and performing clinical research, as well as giving MPH-only students a medical perspective. Medical students seeking to expand their public health perspective by viewing patients in the context of their environment and how that environment impacts problems and illness benefit from this program. Students typically complete the first three years of the medical school curriculum before entering the MPH program for an accelerated one year curriculum. Students then return to medical school for the completion of their MD requirements and any needed public health electives. A minimum of five years of study is necessary for the completion of the MD/MPH and allows for an overlap of 11 credits between the two programs.
DVM/MPH (Veterinary Medicine): The DVM/MPH dual degree program creates a multidisciplinary educational environment that broadly prepares veterinarians to meet the 21st century challenges in public health. The DVM/MPH dual degree will also provide a foundation from which these public health professionals can pursue advanced public health training, such as the EIS Program or doctoral level (PhD or DrPH) public/population health research training. Similar to the MD/MPH dual degree, veterinary medicine students generally complete the first two years of their veterinary medicine curriculum before entering the MPH program. Students complete the core requirements of the MPH program, electives and their field experience over the course of three semesters, before returning to their original track of study. The dual degree program allows students to complete both the DVM and MPH degrees in a 5 year period of time and allows for an overlap of 8 credits between the two programs.

JD/MPH: The Juris Doctor-Master of Public Health (JD-MPH) dual degree program as a cooperative effort between the University of Wisconsin Law School and the School of Medicine and Public Health. A JD-MPH joint degree program positions the University of Wisconsin among select universities offering students such an opportunity. The public health law profession will benefit from practitioners who have a solid foundation in the law and substantive training in public health. The legal aspects of public health are significant, and there is a growing critical need for professionals trained in both law and public health. The MPH degree may be started before or after the student's admission to law school, but only those credits earned within a two-year period preceding the date of admission to law school and earned within six years prior to the date of the J.D. degree may be counted toward satisfaction of the J.D. degree requirements; and the student must be simultaneously enrolled in courses in both the Law School and the MPH Program for at least some portion of such six year period.

MPA/MPH (Public Affairs): The MPA/MPH dual degree prepares health policy professionals for their roles as policy analysts and public managers in the increasingly important area of health care. Students in this dual degree gain skills in public health policy and management necessary to address complex health issues in the field. Students in the MPA/MPH dual degree generally complete the majority of requirements for public affairs before entering the core MPH curriculum. Students can complete this 55 credit program in two years (including the summer sessions) by applying 12 credits of public affairs courses toward the MPH degree requirements. 
PharmD/MPH (Pharmacy): Students in the dual PharmD/MPH degree gain comprehensive expertise and experience in pharmacy-related public health areas that are essential to the continued definition and development of perspectives, programs and services in this arena. This program prepares future pharmacists to take an active role in promoting public health in their communities. The PharmD/MPH dual degree is a five-year program that requires completion of all PharmD requirements and all MPH requirements. A total of 12 credits overlap between programs (i.e., count toward completion of both degrees).