Dual Degree Options

Because of the breadth of the field of public health, the MPH Program is an ideal degree to integrate with other professional schools and graduate programs at Case. University leadership has recognized collaboration as one of the priorities for the future of the university, and has approved 7 MPH dual degree programs. They are:

  • JD/MPH (School of Law)
  • MA or PhD/MPH (Department of Anthropology, School of Graduate Studies)
  • MA/MPH (Department of Bioethics, School of Medicine)
  • MBA/MPH (Weatherhead School of Management )
  • MD/MPH (School of Medicine)
  • MSN/MPH (School of Nursing)
  • MSSA/MPH (Social Administration, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • DMD/MPH (School of Dentistry)
  • BA/MPH (Integrated Graduate Studies (IGS) Program)

Generally, dual degree students complete both degrees by adding one year of study to the partner degree. For example, an MD student could add one year to the four-year MD Program to complete his/her MD/MPH dual degree in five years. In addition to the requirements for the partner degree program, all dual degree students will complete 27 credits of core MPH requirements (18 core credits plus 9 capstone credits) and participate in both semesters of the MPH seminar series. Of the remaining 15 credits, it is anticipated that 9 will be selected from courses taught by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The remaining 6 credits can be selected from the list of approved courses in the partner program. Students wishing to take courses not previously approved in the dual degree plan may petition to do so in writing to both partner programs. In most cases, it will be assumed that dual degree students will adopt an area of concentration specific to their shared degree area.

Dual degree students should have academic advisors from both the MPH Program and the partner program faculty. Advisors of dual degree students are encouraged to develop dialogues with their partner advisors and collaborate on students’ programs of study. This dialogue should be accomplished by a minimum of one annual group meeting of both advisors with the student to be arranged by the student. During the initial meeting, before the end of the student’s first semester, a Planned Program of Study (PPOS) is developed. The PPOS can be revised later, also with the approval of both advisors. The PPOS should include (if relevant) a written description of how outside courses will benefit the student’s public health education. Academic performance issues, or any other issues, are presented by the advisors to the MPH Executive Committee for final disposition. The MPH Executive Committee will adjudicate any difference in opinion between advisors.

The Director of the MPH Program, assisted by the Program Administrative Director, is the coordinator of the dual degree programs and provides services for student support, including special events and publications dedicated to serving the needs of dual degree students and building their sense of scholarship and community as a group. The Office of the MPH Program Director provides dual degree students a destination for help and building identity.

Dual Degree Contacts

Deborah Bibb
FT MBA Program Director
Weatherhead School of Management

Ruqaiijah A. Yearby, JD, MPH
School of Law

Carol Savrin, DNP, CPNP, FNP, BC, FAANP
Associate Professor
School Of Nursing

Janet McGrath, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Mather Memorial 238

Daniel Ornt, MD
Vice Dean, Medical Education and Academic Affairs
School of Medicine

Aaron Goldenberg, PhD, MPH
Assistant professor
Bioethics - School of Medicine

Integrated Graduate Studies (BA/MPH)
Claudia C. Anderson
Assistant Dean
Office of Undergraduate Studies

Sharon Milligan, PhD, MSW, MPH
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Sena Narendran, BDS, MPH
Associate Professor of Community Dentistry
School of Dentistry

Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RD, LD
Associate Professor/Interim Department Chair
Department of Nutrition