Dual/Joint Degrees

Earn a master of public health or master of science in conjunction with a medical, dental, nursing, or law degree

Under certain circumstances, it is possible to earn a master of public health or master of science 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 both programs and conferral of the doctoral 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 both programs and conferral of the doctoral degree.

Learn more about the master of public health program at the Harvard Chan School.

Joint MPH/JD 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.

Learn more about the master of public health program at the Harvard Chan School.

Dual Master of Science/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 42.5 cred­its at the Harvard Chan School, and they must maintain satisfactory academic prog­ress at both schools.

Students must complete:

  • 42.5 credits (2 years of half time study)
  • Culminating experience (generally undertaken as a Simmons research project)

Successful candidates to the dual degree program have relevant bachelor’s degree in nursing and three years of relevant experience. Students may apply concurrently to the nurse practitioner degree program at Simmons College and the master of science (SM) 42.5-credits in social and behavioral sciences.