Dual Degree: Master of Public Policy & Administration and Master of Public Health

The MPPA/MPH program equips students with the skills needed to conduct effective health policy analysis; understand organizational processes within the health sector; develop policy-based approaches to address issues of public health importance; and translate complex public health policies for a lay audience.

Students enrolled in dual degree programs may begin their studies in either program. It is best to complete a full year in one program before beginning the second program. In the second year students will fulfill the core requirements of the other program. During the third year of study students fulfill the remaining requirements of both programs.

In addition to the course requirements, CPPA requires students to complete a full-time 10-week internship with a public policy or management focus and MPH students are required to complete a practicum experience. With the approval of both programs, dual degree students are able to complete their internship and practicum experiences simultaneously.

Sample Program Timetable

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Year 1 MPH Curriculum MPH Curriculum
Summer Supervised public health field training internship of 200 hours
Year 2 MPPA Curriculum MPPA Curriculum
Summer MPPA Summer Internship (10 weeks full time)
Year 3 MPPA Curriculum MPH Curriculum and MPPA Capstone

To Apply

While applicants must meet each program's own admission standards, students only need to submit one application to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students already enrolled in one of the programs can apply to the other program during their first year to matriculate as a dual-degree MPPA/MPH candidate. Click here for more information about CPPA's admissions requirements.

February 1: Applications must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office to receive priority consideration for graduate assistantship funding from CPPA.


For more information about the MPPA/MPH dual degree program, contact Satu Zoller, CPPA associate director.

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