The Master of Science/Master of Public Health (MS/MPH) dual degree option prepares you for a diverse range of careers in nursing and public health.
This dual-degree program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions in health-related agencies and settings in which a combined expertise in nursing and public health is beneficial. It is available to students in all graduate nursing specialties.
- a Master of Science (MS) from the University of Maryland School of Nursing
- a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Maryland School of Medicine
As a student in this option, you’ll have the opportunity to earn both degrees in less time — and at less cost — than if you pursued each degree separately.
- The MS degree requires 30 and 72 credits, depending on the program of study.
- The MPH degree requires 42 credits, including 23 credit hours of core courses and 19 credit hours in an area of concentration; you must select a concentration in either Epidemiology or Community & Population Health.
You can graduate with both degrees in as little as three years.
- The School of Nursing will allow students to use 9 credits obtained in the MPH program to fulfill MS elective requirements.
- The School of Medicine will allow students to use 6 credits earned in the MS program as MPH electives.
In addition to these 15 shared credits:
- nursing courses that fulfill requirements for both degrees and have a joint designation in both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, or that are listed as MPH electives, may count toward both the MS and MPH
- with prior approval of the Nursing Specialty Program Director, an approved 6-credit MPH capstone experience may serve as the final practicum or precept experience in the School of Nursing.
Each school awards its own degree and has its own admissions process. You must meet all the requirements for the MS and MPH programs to receive both degrees.
For more information, visit the University of Maryland School of Medicine site.