Interdisciplinary and Dual Degree Programs

UEP/Public Health Dual Degree

Increasingly, public health, community planning and environmental policy have become integrated in the field. For example, land use changes can affect the prevalence of water borne infectious diseases, increasing rates of obesity and asthma can result from changes in the built environment, and degrading air quality affecting pulmonary health can arise from regulatory inertia. In order to effectively draw on perspectives from each we need professionals who have been trained across these fields. Professionals who know that outbreaks of some infectious diseases can be tied to land use changes, who appreciate that asthma rates can be tied to particular types of housing or who understand how the built environment affects how obesity varies by community.

A student completing this dual degree program earns two masters degrees: an M.P.H. from the School of Medicine and an M.A. in urban and environmental policy and planning from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The dual degree program will require, at minimum, three years of full-time study. Please consult the program description for more details.

Students in the program must apply to and be accepted into both programs independently. Each program reviews candidates based on its own requirements and criteria. The candidate's admission to UEP is not affected by the decision of the M.P.H. program. Upon acceptance into the dual degree program, students will be required to meet with the coordinators from each program to plan an overall course of study that matches the student's background, interests, and degree requirements. Tuition and fees will be assessed and paid to each school based on the semester of enrollment. Students will be eligible for financial assistance based on current policies at each school.

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