University of Southern California
USC Master of Public Health Program (MPH)
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About the Dual Degrees Program

At USC, students have the opportunity to earn two professional degrees concurrently. The Department of Preventive Medicine partners with other schools and departments on campus to make innovative degree programs available to highly motivated and qualified students. The body of knowledge and skills of each discipline complement the other, preparing students to be more responsive to today’s health care needs. Students with dual degrees are in high demand in the health care industry, including hospitals and medical centers, government, research agencies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, managed care organizations, and community based organizations.

Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship / Master of Public Health



The Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship (MPH/MSSE) dual degree program is designed for individuals who wish to create sustainable solutions to public health challenges through the creation of innovative enterprises and organizations. This program combines the business aspects of social entrepreneurship with the knowledge and understanding of how to improve the health of individuals, communities, and populations, locally and globally. It will enable graduates to become agents of change by equipping them with the tools to build innovative enterprises that balance financial sustainability with public health impact, preparing them uniquely to become leaders in the field. A total of 64 units are required for the dual degree. For further information about the MSSE program, see the Marshall School of Business website at https://www.marshall.usc.edu/msse. Students may apply to both programs simultaneously or may apply to the complementing program during the student’s first semester in either the MPH or MSSE program. Upon admission to the dual degree program, coursework is taken simultaneously in both programs.



Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health



The Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (M.S.W./M.P.H.) dual degree offers the student interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of public health and social work leading to the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees. The dual degree program is a collaborative effort between the School of Social Work and the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine. The objectives of the program are to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health, prevent disease, and enhance the delivery of health and social services in the community. Students will build interdisciplinary skills and an interdisciplinary professional identity by developing an understanding of the breadth of each field and their interface, while permitting concentration in particular specialization areas. The program prepares graduates for work in a variety of interdisciplinary settings; and for some, it will provide the basis for doctoral study. The student enrolls primarily in the MSW program and may apply to the M.P.H. program during the first year. During the second and subsequent years, course work is taken in both programs.



Master of Planning / Master of Public Health



The Master of Planning/ Master of Public Health (M.Pl./M.P.H.) dual degree is designed for individuals who envision a career that combines urban planning and public health disciplines. This dual degree combines the knowledge of urban planning with an understanding of health from a population perspective. It will provide training for planning, evaluating and guiding healthy community and urban development, and will enable graduates who seek to be agents of change within the profession to assume leadership roles in planning and in public health at the local, state and national levels. A total of 79 units are required for the dual degree. For further information about dual degree requirements, see the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. The student enrolls primarily in the Master of Planning program and may apply to the M.P.H. program during the first year. During the second and subsequent years, course work is taken in both programs.



Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Clinical) / Master of Public Health (Health Promotion)



The Ph.D./M.P.H. dual degree combines knowledge of clinical psychology research and practice with an understanding of health from a population perspective. The student enrolls primarily in the clinical psychology doctoral program and may apply to the M.P.H. program during the first year. During the second and subsequent years, course work is taken in both programs. The dissertation is undertaken through the Department of Psychology.



Pharm.D. / Master of Public Health



The School of Pharmacy and the Master of Public Health program, in recognition of the rapidly changing health care environment and in response to the growing demand for pharmacists who are knowledgeable in both pharmacy and population-based health care issues, have developed a dual degree program. The joint Pharm.D./M.P.H. degree will enable graduates to be more responsive to today's health care needs and will provide training for pharmacists who seek to be agents of change within the profession and to assume leadership roles in the pharmacy field and in public health at the local, state and national levels.
The Pharm.D./M.P.H. program spans five years (four years of pharmacy school courses and one year of public health courses). Students should apply to the MPH program during their first year in the Pharm.D. program. Students begin the core M.P.H. courses following the successful completion of the first year of pharmacy school. The last three years of the program are devoted to the clinical rotations of the School of Pharmacy and to the completion of the elective courses and practicum (field experience) of the M.P.H. program.

All students in the Pharm.D./M.P.H. program must meet course requirements, grade point average requirements and program residency requirements of both programs. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the Pharm.D. curriculum and a 3.0 in the M.P.H. curriculum to meet graduation requirements.


The Pharm.D. and the M.P.H. degrees are awarded simultaneously upon completion of the School of Pharmacy and the Master of Public Health requirements.



M.D. / Master of Public Health



The joint M.D./M.P.H. program at the Keck School of Medicine is designed for individuals who envision a medical career that combines public health and medical disciplines. The M.D./M.P.H. program spans five years (four years of medical school and one year of public health courses). Students begin the core M.P.H. courses in the Summer semester following the successful completion of the first 3 years of medical school. At the conclusion of the joint degree program, students will have completed 43 units in the Master of Public Health program and four years of courses in the Keck School of Medicine.

Students who are enrolled in the Keck School of Medicine must apply to the Master of Public Health program no later than January of their third year. All requirements for admission to the regular M.P.H. program must also be fulfilled by dual degree applicants.



Master of Public Health Program
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

The USC Master of Public Health Program received full accreditation from
the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) on June 2, 2003
and re-accreditation on June 2008.
More information regarding MPH Program Accreditation...

USC Master of Public Health Program
Institute for Prevention Research
Keck School of Medicine
Soto Street Building
2001 N Soto Street,
Suite 201-D
Los Angeles, CA 90032-3628

Campus Mail:
USC MPH Program
SSB 201-D, MC 9234

Phone: 323.442.7257
Fax: 323.442.8297
Email: mphusc@usc.edu