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 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.

Applicants applying to the MPAS-MPH Program apply directly through the Physician Assistant Program, so it is important to be aware of the MPAS application process and timeline. Students interested in the MPAS-MPH dual degree do not need to apply to the MPH Program directly as the CASPA application is used by both the MPAS and MPH Programs for the admissions process.

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. 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.

MPAS-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


  • PUBLHLHT 784 Quanitative Approaches to Public Health II
    3 credits
  • PUBHTLH 785 Public Health and Health Care Systems
    3 credits
  • PUBHLTH 786 Planning and Management to Promote Health
    3 credits
  • PUBLHLTH 790 Social Justice and Public Health: Tools and Models
    2 credits
  • PUBLHLTH 777 Public Health and Primary Care
    2 credits (meets Leadership Requirement)

13 total credits

During home program

  • PA 729 -769 Elective Preceptorship V
    6 credits
    (meets PUBHLTH 788 Applied Practice Experience Requirement)
  • PUBHLTH 787 Applied Practice Experience Seminar
    (taken in spring of didactic year)
    1 credit
  • Discipline-Related Courses
    7 credits
    • MM&I 704 Infectious Diseases of Human Beings
      3 credits
    • PA 610 Clinical Prevention and Community Practice I
      1 credit
    • PA 611 Clinical Prevention and Community Practice II
      1 credit
    • PA 616: Professional Seminar I
      1 credits

14 total credits