Dual/Joint Degrees

Earn a master of public health in conjunction with a medical, dental, law 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/joint degree, please carefully review the program description below to be sure you qualify, and contact the admissions office if you have any questions.

Dual/Joint Master’s Degrees

MD/DO/MPH Combined Degree Program

The School offers medical students currently enrolled in LCME-accredited MD or DO programs in the U.S. or Canada, who have a career interest in public health and/or preventive medicine, the opportunity to complete a master of public health degree. Medical students undertake the MPH 45-credit program while on leave of absence post primary clinical year. They 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.

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DMD/DDS/MPH Combined Degree Program

The School offers dental students currently enrolled in LCME-accredited DMD or DDS programs in the U.S. or Canada, 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 45-credit program while on leave of absence post primary clinical year. They 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 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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Joint MUP (Master in Urban Planning)/MPH Program with the Harvard Graduate School of Design

The master in urban planning and master of public health joint degree program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is designed to support 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, 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, sustainability, and social determinants of health.

Students may apply concurrently to the master in urban planning program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the master of public health 65-credit program at the Harvard Chan School. Current MUP students in their first year of study at the GSD also are eligible to apply. As part of the MUP/MPH joint degree program, students must complete their first year of study at the GSD. Thus, students currently enrolled in the 65-credit MPH program at the Harvard Chan School are not eligible to apply to the joint degree program. In the Harvard Chan School application through SOPHAS, applicants should indicate in their statement of purpose and objectives which MPH-65 field of study they wish to pursue (health and social behavior, health management, health policy, or nutrition).

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