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Drake Partnerships

Drake UniversityDMU and Drake have partnered to provide an opportunity for student enrolled in select degree programs to concurrently earn credit toward both degrees.

Participating students will expand their knowledge and will become better equipped to advance as effective members of health care teams, public policy advocates, researchers in clinical or public health areas, developers of community-based health programs, and leaders in their professions and organizations. These students will also benefit from applied experiences within the community and increased interactions with health care professionals.

Students must separately apply to and be admitted to each program. Applications to the programs are not linked in any way.  Drake and DMU will separately administer their respective admissions processes.

Dual Programs Offered

Drake B.S. and DMU M.P.H.

To provide an opportunity for undergraduate health sciences students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) at Drake University and the Master of Public Health Program at Des Moines University to concurrently earn credit toward both degrees.

Admission Requirements
To begin your application for admission to the Master of Public Health program at DMU, please plan to submit the following:

  • Online application and $60 application fee
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One letter of support from the CPHS Dean’s Office or academic advisor
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Official transcripts

For additional information regarding the application process and requirements, please visit: www.dmu.edu/mph/how-to-apply/

Timing of Application

Drake students may apply to the MPH program at DMU as early as the Spring of the third year of the BSHS curriculum. At the conclusion of that semester, it is expected they will have completed 101.5 credit hours of coursework toward the BSHS degree. An admission decision will be contingent upon receipt of the final transcript for that semester verifying that the student has completed the required 101.5 credit hours.

Completion of Degree

The MPH degree requires the successful completion of 45 credit hours. Students may complete remaining MPH courses after the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. There is a 5-year time limit for completion of the MPH program from the date of admission to the MPH program.

Download the Program of Study document for more information about curriculum and program timeline.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Drake students completing DMU coursework are responsible for paying tuition for the MPH courses they take at DMU. To be eligible for financial aid for DMU coursework tuition, you must apply separately with DMU and be enrolled in a minimum of 5.0 credit hours of DMU coursework.

Drake PharmD and DMU M.P.H.

To provide an opportunity for students enrolled in the Pharmacy program at Drake University and the Master of Public Health Program at Des Moines University to concurrently earn credit toward both degrees.

Admission Requirements
To begin your application for admission to the Master of Public Health program at DMU, please plan to submit the following:

  • Online application and $60 application fee
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One letter of support from the CPHS Dean’s Office or academic advisor
  • PCAT or GRE
  • Official transcripts

For additional information regarding the application process and requirements, please visit: www.dmu.edu/mph/how-to-apply/

Timing of Application

Drake students may apply to the MPH program at DMU during the fall of the P2 year or after completion of 116 credits.

Completion of Degree

The MPH degree requires the successful completion of 45 credit hours. Students may complete remaining MPH courses after the completion of the Pharmacy degree. There is a 5-year time limit for completion of the MPH program from the date of admission to the MPH program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Drake students completing DMU coursework are responsible for paying tuition for the MPH courses they take at DMU. To be eligible for financial aid for DMU coursework tuition, you must apply separately with DMU and be enrolled in a minimum of 5.0 credit hours of DMU coursework.

Drake J.D. and DMU M.P.H.

To provide an opportunity for students enrolled in the Doctor of Jurisprudence program at Drake University and the Master of Public Health Program at Des Moines University to concurrently earn credit toward both degrees.

Admission Requirements
To begin your application for admission to the Master of Public Health program at DMU, please plan to submit the following:

  • Online application and $60 application fee
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One letter of support from the Dean’s Office or academic advisor
  • LSAT or GRE
  • Official transcripts

For additional information regarding the application process and requirements, please visit: www.dmu.edu/mph/how-to-apply/

Timing of Application

Drake students may apply to the MPH program at DMU to begin enrollment during the 2nd year of their Law School curriculum.

Completion of Degree

The MPH degree requires the successful completion of 45 credit hours. Students may complete remaining MPH courses after the completion of the J.D. degree. There is a 5-year time limit for completion of the MPH program from the date of admission to the MPH program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Drake students completing DMU coursework are responsible for paying tuition for the MPH courses they take at DMU. To be eligible for financial aid for DMU coursework tuition, you must apply separately with DMU and be enrolled in a minimum of 5.0 credit hours of DMU coursework.

Drake J.D. and DMU M.H.A

To provide an opportunity for students enrolled in the Doctor of Jurisprudence program at Drake University and the Master of Health Care Administration Program at Des Moines University to concurrently earn credit toward both degrees.

Admission Requirements
To begin your application for admission to the Master of Health Care Administration program at DMU, please plan to submit the following:

  • Online application and $60 application fee
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One letter of support from the Dean’s Office or academic advisor
  • Official transcripts

For additional information regarding the application process and requirements, please visit: www.dmu.edu/mha/how-to-apply/

Timing of Application

Drake students may apply to the MHA program at DMU to begin enrollment during the 2nd year of their Law School curriculum.

Completion of Degree

The MHA degree requires the successful completion of 48 credit hours. Students may complete remaining MHA courses after the completion of the J.D. degree. There is a 7-year time limit for completion of the MHA program from the date of admission to the MHA program. 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Drake students completing DMU coursework are responsible for paying tuition for the MHA courses they take at DMU. To be eligible for financial aid for DMU coursework tuition, you must apply separately with DMU and be enrolled in a minimum of 5.0 credit hours of DMU coursework.