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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

MD/MPH Dual Degrees

There are two MD/MPH dual degree programs with the College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix respectively.  The programs are designed to prepare future clinicians for community-engaged, evidence-based, and socially-responsible medical practice.  These goals are achieved in an interprofessional setting that emphasizes respect for people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, cultures, and national origins.  Students' pursuit of knowledge and preparation for leadership will be guided by academic and clinical mentors who foster inquisitiveness, open-mindedness, compassion, and resilience.  The dual degree programs provide students with training in core public health competencies.  The curricula are intended to enhance the graduate's ability to provide high quality medical care by using public health knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate policies that affect the health of communities.  These skills complement the pathophysiologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic training provided by the College of Medicine that is intended to treat individual patients.

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.

Medicine - Tucson Campus

Dual Degree with Public Health Policy and Management

The MD/MPH in Public Health Policy and Management curriculum comprises 42 units of coursework and experiential learning that leads to a Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree in Public Health Policy and Management (PHPM).  All students must complete 16 units of public health courses, 12 units of required PHPM courses, 6 units of applied practice experience, including the internship, and 8 units of elective credit.  With approval of the Program Director, students may use up to 8 units of College of Medicine coursework to fulfill the elective requirements.

Total Minimum Credit Requirement = 42 units to complete the MPH degree in the Public Health Policy and Management concentration (in addition to the medical school curriculum). The MPH requirements are summarized below:

MPH in PHPM - Minimum Credit Requirements (42 units)

Required Core Courses (16 units)

Required PHPM Courses (12 units)

Required PHPM Experiential Learning Courses (6 units)

  • PHPM 696P  Public Health Policy and Management Field Seminar (2)
  • PHPM 909    Master's Report "Internship" (3)
  • Service Learning Course (1)

Electives (minimum 8 units) - Approved by Faculty Advisor


Medicine - Phoenix Campus

Dual Degree with Clinical Leadership

The MD/MPH Clinical Leadership Degree comprises 42 units of coursework and experiential learning that leads to a Master's of Public Health in Clinical Leadership

Total Minimum Credit Requirement = 42 units to complete the MPH degree in Clinical Leadership (in addition to the medical school curriculum). The MPH requirements are summarized below:

MDMPH Phoenix Clinical Leadership Concentration Competencies (PDF)

MPH in Clinical Leadership Minimum Credit Requirements (42 units)

Further information regarding the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program is available on the College of Medicine website.


Latin American Studies

Offered On Campus in Tucson

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 eight MPH concentration areas, and by taking electives addressing issues relevant to Latin American populations.

Mexican American Studies

Offered On Campus in Tucson

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 eight 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

Offered On Campus in Tucson

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 eight 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

Offered On Campus in Tucson

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 eight MPH concentration areas.

Pharmacy

Offered On Campus in Tucson and Phoenix

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!

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