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 (0 to 4.5 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

Fieldwork I and II (3 credits each)

6

MPP Total

36

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.

MPH and MPP Core Courses and Electives

Requirements for MPP‐MPH Dual Degree

HPM 5006 Political and Economic Aspects of Health

3 credits

EPBI 5101 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

3 credits

SBS 5002 Program Planning, Theory, and Practice

3 credits

EPBI 5006 Biostats and Applied Analysis of Health

4.5 credits

ENVH 5004 Environmental Health

1.5 credits

SBS 5001 Fundamentals of Public Health

3 credits

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

0 credits

PLCY 8118 The Policy Making Process

3 credits

HPM 5014 Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations

3 credits

ECON 5102 Economics of the Public Sector

3 credits

HPM 9289 Fieldwork 1

3 credits

HPM 9389 Fieldwork 2

3 credits

GUS 5165 Community Based Program Evaluation

3 credits

PLCY 8128 State & Local Budgeting

3 credits

PLCY 8119 Policy Analysis

3 credits

PLCY 8123 Bureaucracy

3 credits

MPH Elective

3 credits

MPH Elective

3 credits

MPH Elective

3 credits

Total

54 Credits

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  the MPP Associate Director, Samantha Apgar at samantha.apgar@temple.edu.