The MPP‐MPH dual degree program allows individuals to earn both degrees in less amount of time than it would take if they pursued both degrees separately. Students earn both degrees by earning 54 credits rather than the 78 that they would need to earn if they completed each degree separately.

This degree is for individuals who seek to broaden their training beyond the traditional public health curriculum. Federal, state and local governments play a large and growing role in Public Health by issuing regulations, providing critical resources aimed at public education, monitoring and combating epidemics, training the public health workforce, and funding research into public health problems and programs. Given the central role of government in public health, academic MPH programs, including Temple’s, focus partly on political advocacy, policymaking and public administration as they relate to these issues. Adding the MPP to the MPH enhances students’ qualifications for jobs that lie at the intersection of public policy and public health. The MPP incorporates knowledge about how to manage and lead public sector and non‐profit organizations, how to operate in a political environment, ethical dimensions of public policy, along with concrete practical skills and competencies in budgeting, policy analysis, statistics and program evaluation.

The following table shows the requirements for each degree if students pursue them separately. The MPH requires 42 credits and the MPP requires 36 credits, or 78 credits in total.

Requirements for MPP and MPH Degrees - Taken as Separate Degrees

Requirements for MPP and MPH Degrees - Taken as Separate Degrees

MPP

Credits

MPH

Credits

8 required courses (3 credits each)

24

7 required core courses (1.5 to 3 credits each)

18

3 electives (3 credits each)

9

3 required concentration courses (3 credits each)

9

1 internship

3

3 electives (3 credits each)

9

MPP Total

36

Fieldwork I and II (3 credits each)

6

MPH Total

42

Total Credits for both: 78

How the Dual Degree Program Works

Students in the dual degree program have 12 credits from each program waived by completing 12 required credits in the other program (“shared credits”). The shared credits (12 from the MPP requirements and 12 from the MPH requirements) count towards both degrees. Students attending full‐time can complete both degrees in 3 years. Part‐time students will take longer.

Requirements for MPP‐MPH Dual Degree

MPH Core Courses & Electives

MPH Core Courses & Electives

HRPR 5001 Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions

0 credits

ENVH 5004 Environmental Health

1.5 credits

EPBI 5005 Applied Analysis of Health

1.5 credits

EPBI 5101 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

3 credits

HPM 5006 Political and Economic Aspects of Health

3 credits

SBS 5001 Fundamentals of Public Health

3 credits

SBS 5002 Program Planning, Theory, and Practice

3 credits

HPM 5014 Leadership & Management in Nonprofit Organizations

3 credits

MPP Core Courses & Electives

MPP Core Courses & Electives

PLCY 8119 Policy Analysis

3 credits

PLCY 8123 Bureaucracy & Public Management

3 credits

Public Policy Elective #1

3 credits

Public Policy Elective #2

3 credits

Shared MPH Credits

Shared MPH Credits

HPM 9289 Fieldwork 1 (replaces PLCY 8127 Policy Analysis Project)

3 credits

HPM 9389 Fieldwork 2 (replaces PLCY 5085 Internship in Public Policy)

3 credits

MPH Elective #3 Either HPM 8014 Comparative Health Policy OR HPM 5014 Leadership and Management in Non-Profit Organizations (replaces Public Policy Elective #3)

3 credits

EPBI 5002 Biostatistics (replaces PLCY 8001 Political Statistics)

3 credits

Shared Credits MPP Credits

Shared Credits MPP Credits

PLCY 8118 The Policy Making Process (replaces HPM 8015 Public Health Policy and Legal Issues)

3 credits

ECON 5102 Economics of the Public Sector (replaces HPM 8008 Health Economics)

3 credits

GUS 5165 Community Based Program Evaluation (replaces MPH elective #1)

3 credits

PLCY 8128 State and Local Budgeting (replaces MPH elective #2)

3 credits

Total Dual Degree Program Credits

Total Dual Degree Program Credits

54

How to Apply

Students must apply to both the MPP and MPH separately and must be accepted by both programs in order to pursue the dual degree. They should indicate in their personal statement that is included with the online application that they intend to pursue the MPP‐MPH dual degree. If you have questions, please contact Samantha Apgar, MPP Assistant Director samantha.apgar@temple.edu.