Dual/Joint Degrees

Earn a master of public health in conjunction with a medical, dental, law, nurse practitioner, or urban planning degree

Under certain circumstances, it is possible to earn a master of public health degree at the Harvard Chan School in conjunction with another degree at another school. Specific restrictions apply to each of these programs. If you are interested in exploring a dual degree, please carefully review the program description below to be sure you qualify, and contact the admissions office if you have any questions.

Dual Master of Public Health Degree Programs

MD/DO/MPH Combined Degree Program

Students currently enrolled in accredited U.S.-based MD or DO programs, who have a career interest in public health and/or preventive medicine, are eligible to apply for admission to the MPH program. Medical students undertake the MPH program while on leave of absence between the third and fourth year of medical school. MD/DO/MPH students receive the MPH degree upon successful completion of the academic requirements for the MPH degree. The MPH program serves as a required academic year for residency training in general preventive medicine, aerospace medicine, or occupational and environmental medicine.

DMD/DDS/MPH Combined Degree Program

The School offers students currently enrolled in accredited U.S.-based DMD or DDS programs, who have a career interest in public health and/or preventive dentistry, the opportunity to complete a master of public health degree. Dental students undertake the MPH program while on leave of absence between the third and fourth year of dental school. DMD/DDS/MPH students receive the MPH degree upon successful completion of the academic requirements for the MPH degree.

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Joint JD/MPH Program with Harvard Law School

Students accepted to Harvard Law School may simultaneously pursue an MPH under Harvard’s JD/MPH joint degree program. Prospective students should apply to the joint degree program either concurrently with their application to or during their first semester at Harvard Law School. Coursework at the Harvard Chan School begins in the summer following the first year of law school and continues over the next two years.

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Dual Master of Public Health/Nurse Practitioner Degree Program with Simmons College

This professional, dual-degree program is designed to prepare nurse practitioners for leadership roles in public and private institutions serving children and their families. Students enroll in half-time study at both Simmons College and the Harvard Chan School for two academic years and study at Simmons for one summer session. Students must earn 45 cred­its at the Harvard Chan School, and they must maintain satisfactory academic prog­ress at both schools.

Students must complete:

  • 45 credits (2 years of half-time study)
  • Practicum and culminating experience

Successful candidates to the dual degree program have a relevant bachelor’s degree in nursing and three years of relevant experience. Students must apply concurrently to the nurse practitioner degree program at Simmons College and the master of public health 45-credit program in the health and social behavior field of study.

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Joint MUP/MPH Program with the Harvard Graduate School of Design

The master of urban planning (MUP) and master of public health (MPH) joint degree program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is designed to support and encourage students seeking a transdisciplinary education in urban planning and public health, and prepare them for leadership positions at the intersection of these fields. By enrolling concurrently in both the MUP and the 65-credit MPH in the environmental health field of study with a track in sustainability, health, and the global environment, students will be introduced to the domestic and international issues entailed in promoting and designing healthier communities, cities, and metropolitan areas, as well as the environmental, social, and health issues that result from specific building and city designs.

The fields of urban planning and public health were tightly intertwined when they were first developed, with common goals of eliminating poverty and decreasing infectious diseases in emerging cities. Recently in the face of increasing urbanization and globalization, the fields have reconnected. There is a renewed recognition of the need for leaders to understand both disciplines to effectively influence planning and policy, and improve and protect the public’s health.

The MUP/MPH joint degree program is an integrated experience that provides the student with a deeper, more cohesive understanding of the two distinct fields. The benefit of the concurrent degree program is that students are able to interweave and integrate coursework in the foundations of public health with the principles of urban planning and receive two degrees in one semester fewer than it would take to complete both degrees separately. This unique program provides students with the opportunity to gain skills in a number of areas including policy, environmental exposures, sustainability, and social determinants of health.

Learn more about the MUP/MPH curriculum (pdf).

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