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.
Students enrolled in DMU’s M.P.H. program may be eligible for a dual degree combining M.P.H./M.H.A. To apply for a dual degree, students must first complete 9 semester hours in the M.P.H. 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.
Current DMU students may apply through the SOPHAS Express, our centralized application service partner. All documents may be submitted through your SOPHAS online application. Transcripts and test scores do not need to be submitted, these documents will be obtained from the registrar’s office. Learn more about the application process.
Current clinical students may be eligible to begin courses in the dual program during their second semester in the clinical program.
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.
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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.