Dual Degrees

MBA - MPH Dual-Degree Program

The objective of the MBA-Master of Public Health Dual Degree Program is to educate a small number of students who will become national leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship in the health care sector, ranging from the development and diffusion of new products to the management of health care delivery systems. Students who combine their MBA and MPH degrees will have the opportunity to work with faculty from the Darden Business School, Department of Public Health Sciences, and School of Medicine, to focus on the management of health care-related businesses and models for addressing health. Foci can include health care delivery systems, biotechnology, medical devices, translational research, health policy, and regulation.

The MBA-MPH Program will be administered by one member of the Darden faculty and one member of the School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences faculty, as designated by the respective Deans of each school. The responsibilities of these faculty members consist of development and application of admission criteria to the dual degree program, coordination of the curricula for the students, resolution of problems that arise, reconciliation of course and examination conflicts, and promotion of dual offerings by the two schools where that is desired. The two faculty members will constitute the MBA-MPH Program Committee.

MD - MPH Dual-Degree Program

The MD-MPH dual-degree program is a 5-year program designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate medical school and public health course work, research, and community work throughout the five years. Students enroll full-time in the School of Medicine for four years and full-time in the Department of Public Health Sciences for one academic year when the student primarily concentrates on public health course work. Typically the GSAS year occurs between Years 3 and 4 of medical school. Both degrees generally are awarded at the end of 5 years.

MPP - MPH Dual-Degree Program

The goal of the dual MPP-MPH degree program is to educate a small number of students to be national and international leaders in public policy on health-related issues and the delivery of health care. Over the course of three years, dual degree students will fulfill all of the requirements for the MPH and MPP degree programs and will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty from the Batten School, the School of Medicine, and from across the University, including faculty in economics, psychology, architecture, business, public health, and law.

Health issues and the ever-changing health care delivery system occupy a significant place in the public policy domain and at every level of government, and dual degree graduates will be prepared to work across the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Students will develop basic policy skills and an in-depth understanding of health policy from numerous professional perspectives, including medical, public health, economic, and law. Through this dual degree program, graduates will gain the education needed to be effective in professional roles that involve health policy development, analysis and research, and health care regulation, administration, and evaluation.

The MPP-MPH Program will be administered by one member of the Batten faculty and one member of the MPH program faculty, who will work with each student to coordinate curricula, fieldwork, and independent research.

JD - MPH Dual-Degree Program

The goal of the dual JD-MPH degree program is to prepare students for professional careers in health policy, health law, and related fields.