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Dual Degree Programs

The School of Health Sciences and Practice offers two, dual degree programs. See below to learn more about each program. 

D.P.T./M.P.H. Program

Students who are accepted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program may matriculate for the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree concurrently. Students must complete a separate application for the M.P.H. degree, however, no other documents are necessary. They will apply for admission to the M.P.H. program upon recommendation of the Physical Therapy Department Chair in the Spring of their First-Year of the D.P.T. Program and complete the M.P.H. requirements by the end of the year following their completion of the D.P.T. program.

The M.P.H. is designed to complement physical therapy education by providing a deeper understanding of concepts and principles of public health, community outreach, health systems management, and program planning (depending on the concentration). Benefits of the D.P.T./M.P.H. dual degree program include: 

  • assume greater roles in the preventative health and wellness of members of society, even before a pathology has been detected. 
  • become involved in programs to promote health and wellness in children to prevent or reduce the incidence and prevalence of adolescent obesity; 
  • worksite assessment, ergonomic evaluation, and promotion of safe body mechanics, to prevent or reduce work-related injuries, and screening of healthy aging to prevent or reduce falls


  1. M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management – Designed to provide a deeper understanding of the concepts and principles of public health, community outreach and systems management, this specialization focuses on developing the skills needed to derive and implement solutions affecting health care from a policy, management and planning perspective. Graduates can deliver solutions to all areas of health care in local, national and global settings. Classes are offered online and on campus.
  2. M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Community Health – This specialization provides a clear understanding of the role of behavior and social influences in illness and health, as well as expands on the skills necessary to develop effective public health intervention strategies to reduce risk and promote health. Students learn how to help individuals and communities change behavior and improve their environment for a healthier lifestyle. Classes are offered online and on campus. D.P.T./M.P.H.

CURRICULUM: The D.P.T./M.P.H. dual degree program is to be completed in four years. The curriculum is composed of 120 credits of coursework taken towards the D.P.T. degree, and an additional 31 credits of core and elective areas of Public Health