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Dual Degree

Clinical Dual Degree (D.O./M.P.H., D.P.M./M.P.H., D.P.T./M.P.H.)

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. Contact the Admissions Office for information on how to apply.

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.

Application Deadlines

Term Application Period Begins Priority Deadline Deadline
Fall 2015 March 1, 2015 June 1, 2015 July 1, 2015
Spring 2016 July 1, 2014 October 1, 2015 November 1, 2015
Summer 2016 November 1, 2014 February 1, 2016 March 1, 2016/td>

Application Process

Below you will find a checklist for the required dual degree application documents. Please be aware of application deadlines and contact the Admissions Office should you have any questions.

Online application and $60 application fee

Within the application, you will be required to identify your primary program of study in which you are currently enrolled.

Personal statement to address each of 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.
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.

M.H.A. students should plan to submit one letter of recommendation as part of their dual degree M.P.H. application, preferably from an employer to address the following:

  • Length and details regarding employment
  • Qualities which make you a strong candidate for the M.P.H. program
  • Future career goals

Letters may be uploaded directly to DMU at

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are required to be considered for admission, preferably scores which are no more than 5 years old. There is no GRE minimum score required for application. The Des Moines University GRE code is: 2256.

The GRE requirement will be waived for the following:

  • Applicants who have earned a master’s degree or higher
  • Applicants who can provide results from another graduate admission test, including GMAT, MCAT, DAT, LSAT.

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Admission Notifications

Once all materials are received, the Admissions Office will confirm via email. The DMU-MPH Faculty meet following each admission deadline to review files completed for that term. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision within several weeks of the deadline. New students are admitted each fall, spring and summer.

Application materials may be submitted directly to DMU at:

DMU – MPH Admission
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-271-1538
Fax: 515-271-7083

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