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MPH Certificates & Dual Degree Options

Certificate Options

Certificates enhance students’ educational experiences count towards their elective credits, and allow them to specialize. There are five certificates that are quite popular with MPH students. Students who are interested in pursuing a certificate along with their MPH degree are advised to meet with the MPH Student Services Coordinator during their first semester in the program to plan curriculum requirements for both programs.

Here are links to the five most common certificates that pair well with the MPH degree:

Dual Degree Options

The interdisciplinary nature of the MPH degree readily lends itself to combined degree efforts. The Master of Public Health program currently offers five dual degree options which allow students to expand their primary degree focus and gain public health knowledge and skills. Students must apply and be admitted to each program independently.


The MD-MPH dual degree provides additional skills and knowledge in the vital field of Public Health for physicians in training. The dual degree increases career options for physicians to work in public health venues and perform clinical research.

The MD-MPH allows students to complete both degrees in 5 years. Most students complete their MPH degree between their third and fourth year of medical school. The students step out of medical school to do the MPH, and complete approximately 30 credits of course work with the remaining 12 credits being taken during medical school (some in coursework during the first three years of medical school). Following their MPH year, students re-enter medical school. A sample of this plan can be viewed here.
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health MD-MPH dual degree program requires that students apply to and be admitted to each program separately.

MPH Program admission requirements
MD Program admission requirements


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 a 5 year period of time and allows for an overlap of 8 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 Vet School.

The DVM-MPH dual degree requires that students apply to and be admitted to each program separately.

MPH Program admission requirements
DVM Program admission requirements


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 2.5 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 to the Master of Public Health Program.

MPH Program admission requirements
MPA Program admission requirements


The purpose of the Doctor of Pharmacy-Master of Public Health (PharmD-MPH) dual degree program is to create a multidisciplinary educational program that will prepare pharmacists to meet the 21st century challenges in public health. Students must satisfy the required four years of the professional Pharmacy program as well as the 42 credits for the MPH program. The dual degree allows PharmD-MPH students to complete requirements for both in 5 years.

Students must apply and be admitted to each program separately. Typically students begin to incorporate MPH courses into their Pharmacy studies after their second year. Students actively participate in the MPH curriculum throughout their remaining 3 years.

MPH Program admission requirements
PharmD Program admission requirements


The Juris Doctor-Master of Public Health (JD-MPH) dual degree program as a cooperative effort between the University of Wisconsin Law School and the School of Medicine and Public Health. The public health law profession will benefit from practitioners who have a solid foundation in the law and substantive training in public health. The legal aspects of public health are significant, and there is a growing critical need for professionals trained in both law and public health.

The JD-MPH dual degree program is a “step out” model. Semester by semester, students must decide and declare which school they will enroll in for the majority of their courses and will pay that school’s tuition rate accordingly. Students are required to matriculate in the Law School for at least 5 semesters and the MPH program for at least 2 semesters. A sample plan can be viewed here.

Students applying to the JD-MPH dual degree program must submit separate applications to both the JD Program and the MPH Program.

MPH Program admission requirements
JD Program admission requirements

BS Nursing to MPH Advanced Degree Option

The advanced placement BS in Nursing to MPH degree option provides undergraduate nursing students interested in public health careers the opportunity to seek early admission to the MPH Program and complete selected MPH coursework while completing the requirements for the BS in Nursing. Students are able to complete a BS in Nursing and the MPH degree in over five years. A sample plan of this program can be viewed here.

Students admitted to the nursing major must apply for the BS-MPH Advanced Degree Option by February 1 during the first year of enrollment in the nursing major.

See the School of Nursing website for complete information on admission to the nursing major:
BS in Nursing admission requirements

Physician Assistant-MPH Degree

The Master of Physician Assistant Science-Master of Public Health (MPAS-MPH) Dual Degree Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 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.

The PA-MPH Dual Degree is a three-year program that requires completion of all PA and MPH requirements. A sample plan of this program can be viewed here.

In addition to the PA-MPH Dual Degree Program, PA students have the option of pursuing a PA Path of Distinction (PoD). The PoD is an opportunity to supplement the PA didactic and clinical work while gaining public health experience. The PA PoD is completed during the PA Program and allows students to select a path in Community Health, Global Health or Rural Health.

MPH Program admission requirements
PA program admission requirements