The Master of Genetic Counselor Studies-Master of Public Health (MGCS-MPH) Dual Degree Program is designed to prepare future genetic counselors with foundational knowledge and skills in clinical medicine, and the science and practice of public health to better address health, wellness, and complex health issues on an individual and population basis.

The MGCS-MPH Program allows students to complete both degrees in three years. This includes a first year in the MPH Program, followed by two years in the MGCS Program. Dual degree students complete an Applied Practice Experience (APEX) for their MPH during the summer after their MPH year. As part of the MGCS Program, students will complete a required research project, which will have an public health focus, and will include faculty from both programs on their study team allowing for a longitudinal experience through the three years in the dual degree program. 

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health MGCS-MPH Dual Degree Program requires that students are reviewed for admission by each program separately. Applicants need to be accepted by both Programs for dual degree admission.  

Applicants interested in the dual degree can indicate their interest on the MGCS application where they will submit an additional personal statement explaining their interest in public health. A separate track is available in the National Matching Service ranking system.  Admitted applicants defer their admission to the MGCS Program for one year to complete their MPH year, then matriculate into the MGCS Program in year two of the dual degree program to complete the 21 month MGCS curriculum.

MGCS-MPH Course Schedule


  • PUBHLTH 780 Evidence-Based Decision-Making
    3 credits
  • PUBHLTH 781 Communicating Public Health Effectively I
  • PUBHLTH 782 Determinants of Health and Health Equity: A Systems Approach
    3 credits
  • PUBHLTH 783 Quantitative Approaches to Public Health
    4 credits
  • PUBHLTH 791 Communicating Public Health Effectively II
    2 credits
  • PUBHLTH 792 Policy and Public Health
    3 credits

16 total credits


  • PUBLHLTH 784 Quantitative Approaches To Public Health II
    3 credits
  • PUBHLTH 785 Public Health and Health Care Systems
    3 credits
  • PUBHLTH 786 Planning and Management to Promote Health
    3 credits
  • PUBHLTH 787 Applied Practice Experience Seminar
    1 credit
  • PUBLHLTH 790 Social Justice and Public Health: Tools and Models
    2 credits

12 total credits


  • PUBHLTH 788 Applied Practice Experience
    6 credits

6 total credits

Home program

  • Discipline-Related Courses and Electives
    5 credits
    • GENECSLR 737 Contemporary Prof. Issues I & II (2 credits total - fulfills PH leadership requirement)
    • GENECSLR 990 Research (3 credits total – MPH elective credit