Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Public Health
Master of Public Health (MPH) & Graduate Certificate

Dual-Degree Opportunities

Dual-degree options allow students to apply course work from other degree programs to the 45-credit Jefferson MPH program.  In most instances, dual degree students are eligible to transfer 9-12 credits, thereby reducing the number of credits and courses required to complete the Jefferson MPH degree.

The following dual-degrees options are available in partnerships with their respective educational institutions:


Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

The MD/MPH dual degree option is open to students enrolled in Jefferson’s Sydney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC).

SKMC students complete coursework for the MPH between their 3rd and 4th years of medical education.

  • The number of medical education credits (9 – 15) transferable into the 45-credit MPH program depends on electives taken by the medical student and whether or not the student participated in the College Within a College (CWiC) co-curricular program.
  • The Joseph Gonnella Scholarship, covering at least half of MPH tuition and fees, is available to eligible SKMC students.

Physicians with the MPH degree assume leadership positions in state and local public health departments and health centers, health insurance companies, non-governmental health organizations, and international program management.  The degree enhances academic positions with a research or clinical focus and complements clinical practice with underserved populations.

For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at (215) 955-7312.


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

The DO/MPH recognizes the historical synergy between osteopathic medicine and public health. In addition to preparing osteopathic physicians for leadership positions in state and local public health departments and health centers, the degree enhances primary clinical practice with underserved populations.

PCOM students can receive up to twelve (12) elective transfer credits toward the 45-credit MPH degree for coursework taken as part of the DO degree program.  DO students can complete MPH coursework between their third year and fourth years of medical education or within five years of completion of the DO degree.

For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at (215) 955-7312 or PCOM at (215) 871-6780.


Family Health Law & Policy Institute at the
Widener School of Law, Widener University

The JD/MPH supports individuals seeking to enhance careers in health law practice, advocacy and policy.  It is open to Widener JD students seeking the MPH degree and to JCPH MPH students seeking a legal education.

Admission to the JD and MPH programs is determined independently. Students must meet the admissions requirements for each school, including GRE for the MPH program and LSAT for the JD program.  Students complete two years of their legal education at Widener before beginning the MPH program.

Students completing Widener’s JD degree may apply 9 JD credits toward the 45-credit MPH degree, and students completing the MPH degree may apply 9 MPH credits toward the Widener JD degree.

For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at (215) 955-7312 or Admissions at Widener Law (302) 477-2703.


Jefferson College of Pharmacy

PharmD/MPH is open to Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) students who have completed the PharmD degree.  PharmD students may apply to the MPH program during their fourth year or within three years of graduation and may complete the degree on a full or part-time basis.

Eligible JCP PharmD students can apply up to 24 credits of their pharmacy work to the 45-credit MPH degree.

The PharmD/MPH recognizes the growing synergy between pharmacy services and public health services and reflects the growing interest among professionals to seek graduate credentials in multiple disciplines.

For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at (215) 955-7312 or JCP at (215) 503-9087.


Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research (GSSWSR) of Bryn Mawr College

The MSS (Master of Social Services)/MPH recognizes the long-standing synergy between social work and public health. It accommodates the growing interest of professionals to seek multiple degrees to enhance their skills in serving populations that depend on community-based teams of practitioners, researchers and policy makers well versed in health, social and legal services.

  • GSSWSR students may transfer up to 12 MSS credits to the MPH program. MPH students may transfer up to 3 courses (9 credits) into the GSSWSR program.
  • GSSWSR students can complete the dual degree in three years of full-time study, completing MSS course work in the first and third years and MPH work in the second year.  The MPH Capstone Project is completed during the third year.
  • JCPH students typically complete the MPH degree before applying to GSSWSR for the MSS degree.  

For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at (215) 955-7312 or GWSSWSR at (610) 520-2612.