The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program offers a number of dual degree programs, allowing students the opportunity to customize their MPH experience. Each dual degree program has different requirements, so it is important to be aware of this as you consider your options. Please contact the MPH Program to receive admissions advising and answers to your questions.

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DVM-MPH

The purpose of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine-Master of Public Health (DVM-MPH) dual degree program is to provide advanced professional training in both veterinary medicine and public health.

The dual degree program allows students to complete both the DVM and MPH degrees in five years and allows for an overlap of eight credits between the two programs. DVM students traditionally complete the first two years of their veterinary curriculum before entering the MPH Program. Students then step out of veterinary school to complete the core requirements, electives and field experience for the MPH Program over the course of three semesters before returning to veterinary school.

The DVM-MPH dual degree requires that students apply to and be admitted to each program separately. DVM students can apply to the MPH Program during any application cycle in the first two years of veterinary school. Applications are due annually on February 1. Admitted students can defer their admission until after the second year of vet school. The MPH Program does not have rolling admission.

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JD-MPH

For law students, the Juris Doctorate-Master of Public Health (JD-MPH) Dual Degree Program is a "step out" model, similar to our other dual degree programs. Students complete the first two years of law school, focusing their coursework on the requirements of the JD Program, which may also cover some of the approved MPH electives. Students step out of the JD Program after their second year to begin their MPH year. During the fall and spring semester, JD-MPH students complete the majority of their MPH requirements, then end their year in our program with the completion of their MPH fieldwork over the summer, before returning to law school to complete any outstanding requirements for both programs. View a sample plan (pdf)

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MD-MPH

The Doctor of Medicine-Master of Public Health (MD-MPH) dual degree program is designed to equip future practitioners with foundational knowledge and skills in clinical medicine and the science and practice of public health to better address health and wellness and complex health issues on an individual and population basis.

The MD-MPH Program allows students to complete both degrees in five years. Students have the option of completing their MPH degree at one of two points during medical school: either the year prior to starting medical school or between Phase Two and Phase Three of medical school.

The timing of the MPH year is determined based on what is best for the student. During the year spent in the MPH Program, students complete the majority of their MPH coursework, along with their MPH fieldwork and capstone. The remainder of the elective credits are completed during their time in the MD Program

Students may apply to the MD-MPH Program through the AMCAS application at the time of MD admissions with a supplemental application being required for MPH admissions. Students who determine an interest in public health later in medical school have the option to apply during the first two phases of medical school. Students who apply to the MPH Program during the MD Program must apply through the standard MPH application (as opposed to the AMCAS at the time of MD admissions). 

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health MD-MPH dual degree program requires that students are reviewed for admission by each program separately. It is important that students follow the application process required for either admission option (at the time of MD admission or once enrolled in the MD Program).

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MPA-MPH

The Master of Public Affairs-Master of Public Health (MPA-MPH) dual degree prepares health policy professionals for roles as policy analysts and public managers in health care. Students gain skills in public health policy and management necessary to address complex health issues. Students can complete this 55-credit program in approximately two calendar years (including the summer sessions) by applying 12 credits of public affairs courses toward the MPH degree requirements. 

The MPA-MPH dual degree requires that students apply to and be admitted to the La Follette School of Public Affairs and Master of Public Health Program. Students can apply to both programs at the same time, or apply to one program while enrolled in the other. To maximize time spent in both programs, it is recommended that students be admitted to both programs during year one of the program. 

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MPAS-MPH

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies-Master of Public Health (MPAS-MPH) Dual Degree Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) provides an opportunity for students to integrate the Physician Assistant (PA) clinical and didactic work with the core competencies of public health, resulting in a greater understanding of the impacts of population-focused health. This innovative approach allows students to gain knowledge of the value of community partnerships and interprofessional skills.

Students interested in this program would apply for the dual degree directly through their CASPA application when they apply to the School of Medicine and Public Health's Physician Assistant Program. Students select the option to apply to the MPAS-MPH Dual Degree and submit a supplemental application. Applicants are first reviewed by the Physician Assistant Program. Those selected for the MPAS-MPH Program will then be reviewed by the MPH Program for admission. Applicants must be admitted by each program separately.

Upon admission to the MPAS-MPH Program, students will spend one year completing the majority of the MPH requirements, followed by one didactic year and one clinical year in the PA Program. 

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Nursing to MPH

The Nursing to Master of Public Health Advanced Degree Option provides undergraduate nursing students interested in public health careers the opportunity to seek early admission to the MPH Program. Students interested in the advanced degree option must apply to the MPH Program by February 1 of their first year in the nursing program. Admitted students then begin taking 3-4 credits per semester during their second year of nursing school.

Upon receiving their nursing degree, most students complete their MPH coursework over three to four years (a maximum of five years) while working part-time in a clinical setting. Nursing students who obtain a nurse residency position after graduating from nursing school will defer their admission for the MPH Program until completion of the residency program (usually one year).

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PharmD-MPH

The Doctor of Pharmacy-Master of Public Health (PharmD-MPH) prepares students to integrate knowledge and skills in the delivery of pharmaceutical care with public health principles. The dual degree allows students to complete both degrees in five years. Students complete their MPH degree between their third and fourth year of pharmacy school. The students step out of pharmacy school after their third year to complete the majority of their MPH course work in one academic year.

The MPH Program has approved eight credits of coursework that is taken through the pharmacy curriculum. MPH fieldwork will be fulfilled in conjunction with PharmD clerkships. The significant amount of overlap in classes allows students to step out of the Pharmacy Program for just one year, before returning to complete their final pharmacy requirements.

Student interested in pursuing the PharmD-MPH Program can apply to the MPH Program during any application cycle in the first three years of pharmacy school. Applications are due annually on February 1. Admitted applicants can defer their admission until after the third year of the pharmacy program. The MPH Program does not have rolling admission.

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