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Are you interested in cross-disciplinary work in public health? Consider dual enrollment.

  • Graduate or professional students can share up to 9 credits between the MPH and another MSU graduate or professional program.
  • Undergraduate students can share up to 9 credit hours from the MPH with their undergrad program. 

Students interested in pursuing dual enrollment must apply to and be admitted to each of the programs separately. An MPH student’s status may change to that of a dually enrolled student after they receive admission to another MSU graduate or professional degree program. It is the responsibility of the MPH student to notify the Master of Public Health program office and their MPH advisor regarding acceptance into a second graduate program.


Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) and Medical Doctor (MD)

Physicians are educated and trained on how to diagnose and treat human disease. Public health professionals assess factors affecting health, critique and apply research findings and, in turn, develop strategies and implement various measures to promote health and prevent disease.

Thus, integrated education and training toward the DO and MPH degrees or MD and MPH degrees complement and enhance each other and provide health care professionals with a greater understanding of health issues and better tools to understand and prevent human diseases.

Students interested in dual enrollment must apply to the College of Human Medicine (CHM) or the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) AND submit an application for graduate study for the Master of Public Health.  A description of the application process can be found on our Application Information page. We highly recommend prospective applicants review the dual enrollment application requirements prior to starting the application. Each applicant is evaluated independently by both CHM or COM and the Master of Public Health admissions committees.

Students interested in learning more may contact the MPH academic office at (810) 600-5601 or mph_generalinformation@hc.msu.edu

 

Doctor of Osteopathy

If accepted by the medical college and the MPH, the student has two options for dual enrollment.

- Option A: complete the MPH coursework prior to beginning medical school, delaying matriculation by one year.

- Option B: complete two years of medical school followed by a gap year from medical school to complete the MPH coursework prior to resuming medical school studies

With either option, students work with their COM advisor and their MPH advisor to develop a curriculum plan that supports their studies in both areas. Dually enrolled students complete the Culminating Experience portion of their MPH course work during an elective clerkship at the end of their COM studies.

Please see sample curriculum plans below.  Please note: these are just examples.  Actual curriculum plans may vary.

 

 OPTION A    OPTION B
Semester Year of DO Course Credits   Semester Year of DO Course Credits
Summer Prior to DO Enrollment HM 801, HM 803, HM 828 9   Summer 1 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum 9 of Pre-Approved DO Credits     
Fall Prior to DO Enrollment HM 802, HM 804, HM 827, HM 854 10   Fall 1 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum
Spring Prior to DO Enrollment HM 805, HM 806, HM 880 9   Spring 1 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum
Summer 1 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum 9 of Pre-Approved DO Credits        Summer 2 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum
Fall 1 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum   Fall 2 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum
Spring 1 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum   Spring 2 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum
Summer 2 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum   Summer Gap Year HM 801, HM 803, HM 827, HM 828 10
Fall 2 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum   Fall Gap Year HM 802, HM 807, HM 854 9
Spring 2 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum   Spring Gap Year HM 804, HM 805, HM 806 9
  3 or 4 Along with Approved Clerkship: HM 892 3     3 or 4 Along with Approved Clerkship: HM 892 3
  3 or 4 HM 893 3     3 or 4 HM 893 3
Total MPH Credits 43   Total MPH Credits 43

 

 

Medical Doctor

If accepted by the medical college, students are allowed to dual-count five credits of HM 552 and four credits of HM 553 to satisfy nine of the twelve-credit elective requirement for the MPH. Students have two options for completing their MPH coursework . Due to the rigor and timeline of the Shared Discovery Curriculum, students who have been admitted to the MD program under the Shared Discovery Curriculum are STRONGLY encouraged to complete their MPH coursework in accordance with option A.

-Option A: complete the MPH coursework in the four semesters prior to beginning medical school (summer, fall, spring, summer), delaying matriculation by one year.

-Option B: take nine credits of MPH coursework the summer prior to beginning medical school, then complete two years of the Shared Discovery Curriculum followed by a gap year to complete MPH coursework.

*The MPH program understands that it may not be possible for a student to take nine credits prior to beginning medical school; a student should contact the parties below to discuss which curriculum plan best suits their needs.

It is in the best interest of students interested in dual enrollment with the MPH to speak with Carol Parker, PhD, MPH (Executive Director of Academic Affairs with the College of Human Medicine) as well as Karen Weissert, MSW (MPH Advisor) prior to deciding to pursue dual enrollment with the MPH.


Please see the curriculum plans below. Please note: these are recommended curriculum plans. Actual curriculum plans may vary.

 

 OPTION A    OPTION B
Semester Year of MD
 Course Credits   Semester Year of MD
 Course Credits
Summer Prior to MD Enrollment HM 801, HM 803, HM 806 9   Summer Prior to MD Enrollment HM 801, HM 803, HM 806 9
Fall Prior to MD Enrollment HM 802, HM 804, HM 827, HM 853 10   Fall 1 From MD Curriculum: HM 552 5
Spring Prior to MD Enrollment HM 805, HM 854, HM 828 9   Spring 1 From MD Curriculum: HM 553 4
Summer Prior to MD Enrollment HM 892, HM 893 6   Summer 1 MD Curriculum  
Fall 1 From MD Curriculum: HM 552 5   Fall 2 MD Curriculum  
Spring 1 From MD Curriculum: HM 553 4   Spring 2 MD Curriculum  
Summer 1 MD Curriculum     Summer 2 MD Curriculum  
Fall 2 MD Curriculum     Fall Gap Year HM 802, HM 804, HM 827, HM 853 10
Spring 2 MD Curriculum     Spring Gap Year HM 805, HM 854, HM 828 9
 Summer 2 MD Curriculum      Summer Gap Year HM 892, HM 893 6
Total MPH Credits 43   Total MPH Credits 43

 

 

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The MPH degree is the preferred degree for those interested in working in local, state, federal and international public health agencies such as the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, and United States Department of Agriculture. Students interested in public health are usually active in the MSU One Health initiative, which is a very active and supportive learning cohort of students with a deep interest in public health.

Most dually enrolled students take MPH courses during the summers after their first and second years of veterinary school. However, it is a great idea to start taking MPH courses in the summer before veterinary school, which generally means that both the DVM and MPH degrees can be completed at about the same time. Students will want to have their required MPH courses completed before they enter their last year and a half of veterinary school. This will allow them to take a clerkship that will meet requirements for their DVM program as well as their MPH practicum requirement.

The MPH program accepts nine transfer credits from the DVM program. A student who wants to start taking MPH courses the summer before veterinary school will need to apply immediately to the MPH program after being accepted to the DVM program, because the application deadline for the MPH program is the end of February.

A description of the application process can be found on our Application Information page. We highly recommend prospective applicants review the dual enrollment application requirements prior to starting the application. For more information, please contact the MPH academic office or set up a phone appointment with Kelly Miller.

Master of Social Work

For additional information on the Master of Social Work degree requirements and application process, please visit the School of Social Work website.

A description of the MPH application process can be found on our Application Information page. We highly recommend prospective applicants review the dual enrollment application requirements prior to starting the application.

For more information, please contact the MPH academic office or set up a phone appointment with Kelly Miller.

Master of Science in Food Safety

For additional information on the Master of Science in Food Safety degree requirements and application process, please visit the MS Food Safety Curriculum page.

A description of the MPH application process can be found on our Application Information page. We highly recommend prospective applicants review the dual enrollment application requirements prior to starting the application.

For more information, please contact the MPH academic office or set up a phone appointment with Kelly Miller.

Dual Undergraduate Enrollment

The Master of Public Health program welcomes undergraduate students eligible for dual enrollment to apply to our program. Dual enrollment provides an opportunity for academically talented undergraduate students to enroll in a maximum of nine graduate credits while completing the last two years of their bachelor's degree program. These shared credits can count toward their undergraduate degree and their graduate degree.

  • Undergraduates must have completed a minimum of 56 credits toward their undergraduate degree to be eligible for dual enrollment. 
  • Undergraduates interested in dual enrollment with the Master of Public Health must complete an application and be admitted to the MPH program prior to enrolling in MPH courses.
  • Undergraduates applying to the MPH program must follow the Master of Public Health application requirements and not the dual enrollment application requirements. 
    • In addition to the Master of Public Health application requirements, undergraduates must complete and submit the Request for Dual Enrollment Status form along with approval from their undergraduate advisor. Advisor approval must be submitted by the advisor directly to the Master of Public Health office at MPH_Admissions@hc.msu.edu.

An undergraduate student may contact the MPH academic office with any questions regarding dual undergraduate enrollment.

For general information on dual enrollment by undergraduates, please visit the website of the Office of the Registrar.

For dual undergraduate enrollment financial aid information, please visit the website of the Office of Financial Aid.

 

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Thank you for your interest in the online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Michigan State University. All of the courses offered within this degree are all delivered in an online learning environment. There are no on-campus courses offered as part of the MPH degree.

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