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Dual Degree Programs

There are several formal opportunities for students to complete joint or concurrent degree programs where one of the programs of study leads to an MPH degree from the OMPH Program.  


Portland State University has launched an innovative dual-degree program to prepare a professional at the intersection of urban planning and public health. Students will earn both a Master of Public Health and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning after completing an intensive three-year course of full-time study.

The program will allow students to examine the relationships between physical and mental health, urban form, healthy lifestyles, human services, transportation, physical activity, public planning and investment decisions. In addition to the core courses, internship requirements, and culminating experiences required for each degree, students will participate in an integrative seminar that synthesizes the two disciplines.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment in either of the two fields, and positioned to lead innovative efforts in establishing and maintaining healthy communities.

Learn more about the MPH/MURP dual degree here. 


Portland State University offers a dual couse of study combining social work and public health. This option gives students the opportunity to graduate with both Master in Social Work and Master in Public Health degrees at the conclusion of a rigorous three-year course of full-time study.

The MPH/MSW dual degree program provides students with an interdisciplinary education, combining the critical skills and competencies from both fields. Public health and social work have long shared a mission to strive for social, economic and environmental justice, to eliminate disparities between and among various populations, and to focus on service to and with oppressed, vulnerable, and at-risk groups. This emphasis on social determinants of health and health disparities in both the MPH and MSW programs underscores the strong, historical commitment to social justice which characterizes both disciplines.

The program encourages students to explore the intersection of prevention and intervention at the individual, family, community, and broader levels of social context. Graduates will be prepared as professionals to integrate the social work knowledge, values, and skills needed to serve individuals, families, and communities, with an applied understanding of the factors in the broader social, economic, policy, and built environments which impact the health of populations.

The MSW/MPH Dual Degree has two program tracks:

Learn more about the MPH/MSW dual degree here.


The MD/MPH Program at OHSU is specifically designed for exceptional students with a firm commitment to a career involving a population-based clinical practice (medicine-public health) model or one in which a public health degree would enhance career productivity in research, policy, or programs. MD/MPH students are admitted to the research oriented Epidemiology and Biostatistics OMPH track, which provides them with the critical core concepts and methods they will need for any career in medicine and public health. Elective courses, the internship requirement, and the Master's thesis offer students ample opportunity to explore and gain expertise in the area(s) of public health research and practice of their choice.

Students begin their MPH studies with an intensive three-week introductory Epidemiology course prior to beginning medical school classes. This brings public health methods to the forefront of their medical school experience and helps form the "community of scholars" we try to nurture through their five years at OHSU.

We consolidate that community of scholars with an MD/MPH seminar in the fall of their first year and with ongoing mentoring throughout their five years at OHSU. During the first two years, students accumulate another 10-12 credits by taking selected MPH courses, and we encourage them to take a summer internships in public health research or practice between the first and second years. This strategy keeps students engaged with, and thinking about, public health issues and perspectives while studying clinical medicine and allow them to become familiar with the faculty and research in the Department. A year dedicated primarily to graduate studies for the MPH degree follows the third (core clerkship) year, during which students complete the core course requirements and the bulk of their required thesis work.

Learn more about the MD/MPH dual degree here.


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