MPH-PhD Dual Public Health Degree

The Masters of Public Health-Doctor of Philosophy (MPH-PhD) dual degree allows students to have a richer learning experience by developing competencies in both public health and their doctorate field of study. Unlike an MPH-MD dual degree, where students become medical doctors with public health knowledge, an MPH-PhD dual degree prepares students for careers in academia and research that have a public health focus. 

What is unique about a Doctor of Philosophy degree is that it can be gained in almost any field; however, when receiving it with an MPH, the field of study is usually related to public health, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, nutrition, social work, etc. Depending on the MPH-PhD program chosen, there will be different requirements, courses, and take different lengths of time to complete, but there is the possibility of some courses overlapping between the MPH portion of the program and the doctorate portion. However, no matter which MPH-PhD program is chosen, most schools require PhD candidates to produce original research, normally in the form of a thesis or dissertation. 

Those who receive an MPH-PhD dual degree will have various employment opportunities in research and academia and can go on to become professors, principal investigators of research projects, and scientists.

MPH-PhD Dual Public Health Degree Programs

Emory University

Emory University - MPH-PhD - Behavioral Sciences - MPH-PhD - Traditional
Emory University - MPH-PhD - Environmental Health - MPH-PhD - Traditional
Emory University - MPH-PhD - Epidemiology - MPH-PhD - Traditional
Emory University - MPH-PhD - Global Health - MPH-PhD - Traditional
Emory University - MPH-PhD - Health Policy and Management - MPH-PhD - Traditional

Northwestern University

Northwestern University - MPH-PhD - Life Sciences - MPH-PhD - Traditional
Northwestern University - MPH-PhD - Medical Anthropology - MPH-PhD - Traditional

Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey - MPH-PhD - Environmental & Occupational Health - MPH-PhD - Traditional, Non-Traditional, Hybrid

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham - MPH-PhD - Public Health - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of Florida

University of Florida - MPH-PhD - Clinical and Health Psychology - MPH-PhD - Traditional
University of Florida - MPH-PhD - Rehabilitation Science - MPH-PhD - Traditional
University of Florida - MPH-PhD - Other “Nontraditional Doctoral/Master’s Degree” - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - MPH-PhD - Public Health - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of Kansas School of Medicine

University of Kansas School of Medicine - MPH-PhD - Applied Behavioral Psychology - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania - MPH-PhD - Public Health - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh - MPH-PhD - Social Work - MPH-PhD - Traditional
University of Pittsburgh - MPH-PhD - Public Health & Anthropology - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of South Florida

University of South Florida - MPH-PhD - Anthropology - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of Southern California

University of Southern California - MPH-PhD - Psychology (Clinical) - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - MPH-PhD - Biomedical Informatics - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - MPH-PhD - Public Health - MPH-PhD - Traditional

University of Washington

University of Washington - MPH-PhD - Biological Anthropology - MPH-PhD - Traditional
University of Washington - MPH-PhD - Sociocultural Anthropology - MPH-PhD - Traditional

Washington University in St. Louis

University of Washington - MPH-PhD - Anthropology - MPH-PhD - Traditional