Students with an interest in public health and physical therapy may choose to pursue a combination DPT/MPH degree offered in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Under the combination degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in approximately one year less than it would take to obtain them if pursued consecutively. The timeframe is shorter for the combination degree because the MPH program accepts 11 credits from required DPT coursework, and the DPT program allows six credits from the MPH coursework. Most students will complete the first two years of the DPT program and then they will complete the majority of their MPH coursework over the next year, followed by a final year of DPT classes. However, it is also possible for students to complete the majority of course requirements for the MPH prior to beginning the DPT program curriculum and then complete the final MPH internship in their last semester of work for the DPT program.
All students in combination MPH programs must meet graduation requirements of the MPH. A student must satisfy the curriculum requirements for each degree before either degree is awarded. The MPH, a 48-credit program, will allow 11 credits of appropriate physical therapy courses to be credited toward both MPH and DPT degrees. Reciprocally, physical therapy students may receive six semester credits for courses taken in the graduate curriculum for the MPH degree toward the DPT. Students must carry the minimum number of credits required by either college.
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Admission Criteria and Process
Candidates for the program must:
- Meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy
- Meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to the Master of Public Health
- Apply to the joint program before the start of the third year of the DPT program
Most students will have already been admitted to the DPT program before applying for the combination program. The combination degree program is not open to students who have already earned either the DPT or the MPH degree.
Timing of Application/Admission
Students are encouraged to begin discussions about the combination degree at any time after admission to the DPT program. The actual time of application will typically be during the Spring or early Summer of the student’s second DPT year. Students will typically begin their MPH coursework in the fall semester after their second DPT year, and continue to take a full-time course load before returning to the DPT curriculum.
Students should feel free to contact Telisha Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org; 352-273-6444) or Laura Quintana (email@example.com; 352-273-6106) if they have questions regarding the MPH/DPT degree program.