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Clinical Dual Degree

Students enrolling DMU’s clinical programs may be eligible for a medical dual degree option leading to a master of public health degree. This 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. Course work for the public health master’s degree can be completed entirely online. Interested students typically apply for a clinical dual degree during their first year of study in their primary degree program. The application process is very similar to a standard M.P.H. application, and the public health program may recognize up to 6 semester hours from the clinical program toward completion of a dual degree.

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

Students enrolled in DMU’s M.H.A. program may be eligible for a dual degree combining M.H.A/M.P.H. To apply for a dual degree, students must first complete 9 semester hours in the M.H.A. 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.

The M.P.H. program is designed to provide students with the skills to lead community efforts in improving the health of populations of all ages. Courses provide the opportunity for students to develop skills in identifying, resolving and preventing health problems that affect communities and populations.

How to apply

Below you will find a checklist for the required dual degree application documents. Please be aware of application deadlines. Please review the calendar below for upcoming application deadlines and term start dates.

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.P.H. 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. Current resume
  3. Personal statement
    Submit an original personal statement, not to exceed 2 pages, single spaced. Topics for personal statement should address the following:

    • Career goals and how the DMU M.P.H program will help you achieve your goals.
    • Past contributions to the field of public health (eg: service, leadership, research, volunteerism, education).
    • Professional and personal strength that will help you succeed in our program.
    • How will you deal with the expected challenges of a dual degree.
    • How do you plan to manage your time effectively as a dual degree student.
  4. 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.
  5. M.H.A. students should plan to submit one letter of recommendation as part of their dual degree M.P.H. application.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    Applicants must supply official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which are no more than five years old. Students who have earned a master’s degree or higher are not required to submit GRE scores. Results from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or Law School Admission Test (LSAT) may be substituted for the GRE. There is no minimum score required for application. The Des Moines University GRE code is: 2256.

Submit all documentation to Admissions office:
M.P.H. Admission
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Apply for the dual degree program