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Dual Degree Programs

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has partnered with the College of Medicine, College of Law, the College of Pharmacy, the Eller College of Management, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to administer six dual degree programs. Students have the opportunity to earn two complementary degrees simultaneously. Dual degree applicants are required to meet the application deadlines, testing requirements, and submit program fees to each program independently. Academically, students are expected to fulfill the basic requirements of each program with the inclusion of course work that satisfies the requirements of both programs.

Medicine

The MD/MPH Dual Degree program is offered jointly with the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at both Tucson and Phoenix campuses. The dual degree program allows a student to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a Master of Public Health (MPH). The emphasis of the MD/MPH Dual Degree is on Clinical Leadership; it is anticipated that graduates will be leaders in a wide variety of clinical and public health settings. The MD/MPH program is designed to give students exposure to the public health, prevention and clinical issues they will face, and provide a framework for problem solving and implementing effective health programs.

The MD/MPH curriculum includes the five "core" MPH classes; Epidemiology, Health Administration and Policy, Biostatistics, and Environmental and Occupational Health and Social and Behavioral Sciences. One public health class is taken each semester during the first two years of medical school in addition to the medical school curriculum

During the third year, MD/MPH students continue to remain enrolled as medical students while they take remaining MPH core and elective classes during the first semester, and complete their MPH internship during the second semester. Students then return to the traditional medical school rotation curriculum for their last two years. The MD/MPH Program is typically a 5 year program; however, some students, particularly those with previous public health courses at The University of Arizona, have chosen to accelerate the program.

Required MD/MPH Courses (MPH Curriculum) - Tucson and Phoenix campuses

  • CPH 570 Issues and Trends in Public Health (3)
  • CPH 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH 574 Public Health Policy and Management (3)
  • CPH 575 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • CPH 576A Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • CPH 577 Sociocultural and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • Internship Preparation Workshop (required; non-credit)
  • CPH 896I Clinical Leadership and Administration (4)
  • CPH 909 Master's Report "Internship" (12)

Electives (minimum 8 units)

Total Minimum Credit Requirement = 42 units to complete the MPH degree in the Clinical Leadership concentration (in addition to the medical school curriculum)

More information regarding the MD/MPH Program

Latin American Studies

The MPH/MA Dual Degree Program allows students to earn a Master of Public Health and a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies. This dual degree program offers students the opportunity for interdisciplinary study allowing them to customize their dual degree by selecting any one of seven MPH concentration areas, and by taking electives addressing issues relevant to Latin American populations.

Mexican American Studies

The MPH/MS Dual Degree Program allows students to earn a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science degree in Mexican American Studies. This dual degree program offers students the opportunity for interdisciplinary study allowing them to customize their dual degree by selecting any one of seven MPH concentration areas, and by taking electives addressing issues relevant to Mexican American and Latino populations. Students gain an advanced understanding of the Mexican American and Latino populations in the United States that prepares them to develop culturally-competent public health programs and policies targeting Latinos.

Law

The JD/MPH Dual Degree Program is offered jointly by the University of Arizona College of Law and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The dual degree program allows a student to earn a Juris Doctor degree (JD) and a Master of Public Health (MPH). The objective of the program is to support and encourage individuals with an interest in public health studies in the development of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in preparation for a career in health law, public health policy, or a related field.

This dual degree program offers students the opportunity for interdisciplinary study allowing them to customize their dual degree by selecting any one of seven MPH concentration areas and by taking electives addressing issues relevant to public health law.

The Law and Public Health (JD/MPH) dual degree is designed to train leaders in the field of public health law. Graduates are prepared for positions in a variety of settings, including work in a health law or environmental section of a law firm; positions in local, state, and federal government; research or advocacy jobs in nongovernmental organizations; or posts in academia.

Business Administration

The MPH/MBA Dual Degree Program is offered in partnership by the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Eller College of Management. The dual degree program allows a student to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in three years upon the completion of a minimum of 78-87 units in Public Health and Business Administration. This dual degree program offers students the opportunity for interdisciplinary study by allowing them to customize their dual degree by selecting any one of seven MPH concentration areas.

Pharmacy

The Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (PharmD/MPH) is offered jointly by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The dual degree program allows students to simultaneously earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and a Master of Public Health. This PharmD/MPH combines the complementary strengths of the College of Pharmacy and the Zuckerman College of Public Health to provide students with an integrated curriculum focusing on knowledge and ingenuity in the delivery of pharmaceutical care within the broader population based public health environment. View the PharmD/MPH flyer!

Naturopathic Medicine, SCNM and UA

In collaboration with the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) is the nation’s first school to offer a dual-degree program for a naturopathic medical degree (ND) and a master’s degree in public health (MPH). Students must apply and be accepted into both programs in order to qualify. For the MPH, students can choose to concentrate in either Public Health Practice (PHP) or in Health Services Administration (HSA). By following the recommended course sequencing, students can complete both programs in five years.

“For a student interested in leadership positions in public health at government agencies, international health organizations and non-governmental associations, this is a tremendous opportunity to develop a career path,” said SCNM President Paul Mittman. Dr. Cecilia Rosales, Assistant Dean of Phoenix Programs at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health said that the collaboration enhances career opportunities for SCNM students and opens up wider inclusion of naturopathic medicine in the broader public health community. “At the same time, we are at the very front end of what we expect to be a tremendous partnership with the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.”

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