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Dual Degree

Clinical Dual Degree

Students enrolled in a clinical DMU program (D.O., D.P,M, D.P.T. or P.A.) may be eligible for a dual degree option leading to a master of health care administration degree. Students may also be eligible to enroll in select professional development courses to further their understanding of the concepts without committing to enrolling in the full degree program.

The dual degree option enables students to combine their clinical knowledge and practice with expertise gained in the master’s degree program, helping their patients and enhancing their professional options and career. The majority of the 48 semester hour M.H.A. degree can be completed online, providing a great deal of flexibility for our clinical dual degree students. The Executive Residency Workshops will allow our dual degree students the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills on campus with future leaders in health care. The workshops will be offered twice each year and will comprise a total of 13 semester hours of the M.H.A. degree.

The application process for the M.H.A. clinical dual degree is very similar to the standard M.H.A. graduate application, and details may be found below.

M.P.H./M.H.A Dual Degree

Students enrolled in DMU’s M.P.H. program may be eligible for a dual degree combining M.P.H. and M.H.A. To apply for a dual degree, students must first complete 9 semester hours in the M.P.H. degree program. The dual degree curriculum involves several overlapping course credits, bringing the total number of hours required to earn a dual degree to 78 semester hours.

How to apply

Below you will find a checklist for the required dual degree application documents.  Please review the calendar below for upcoming application deadlines and term start dates. Current clinical students may be eligible to begin courses in the dual program during their second semester in the clinical program.

Term Application Period Begins Priority Deadline Deadline
Summer 2015 November 1, 2014 February 1, 2015 March 1, 2015
Fall 2015 March 1, 2015 June 1, 2015 July 1, 2015

Required documents for M.H.A. dual degree application

  1. Submit online application
    Within the application, you will be required to identify your primary program of study in which you are currently enrolled.
  2. Resume
  3. Admission essay #1
    What do you bring to the field of health care administration?
    Why do you want to earn an M.H.A. from DMU, and what do you expect from the program?
    What is your strategy for meeting the requirements of the program, along with your clinical program and balancing this with outside demands?
    Describe your ideal learning environment.
  4. Admission essay #2
    Describe a challenging situation you’ve encountered, how you handled it and what you learned from the experience.
  5. Advisor Approval Form
    DMU Clinical students must request their primary clinical advisor to approve your application to the dual degree and submit the advisor approval form  on your behalf.
  6. Current M.P.H. students should plan to submit one letter of recommendation as part of their dual degree M.H.A. application.

Submit all application materials to the Admission office at:

M.H.A. Admission
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Fax: 515.271.7083

Apply to the dual degree program