PA/MPH

Program Overview

Accepted applicants to Northeastern’s Physician Assistant Program have the opportunity to pursue a joint degree, the PA/MPH, which is offered by Physician Assistant Studies Program in conjunction with the Master of Public Health in Urban Health Program. Enrolling in the PA/MPH Program allows these students to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time than it would to earn them separately, saving time and money, while broadening one’s clinical tool kit to give it a population health-based perspective.

Earn two advanced degrees at once

Expand your clinical and professional tool kit

Broaden your academic training to include an urban public health perspective

Curriculum

Students enrolled in the dual degree program take classes that meet the curriculum requirements for both an MS in Physician Assistant Studies and an MPH. The dual degree is structured to give students maximum flexibility while incorporating an urban health framework to complement their PA studies.

PA/MPH students begin their program by taking the majority of their MPH coursework online from January to mid-August before coming to campus at the end of August to begin their PA coursework. During the two years of the PA program, they complete the remainder of their MPH coursework concurrently so that when they graduate, they are awarded their MPH at the same time as their MS in Physician Studies. Please see the sample course map below for more information.

Semester MPH Courses PA Courses
Spring
  • Biostatistics in Public Health (online)
  • Epidemiology (online)
  • Principles and History of Urban Health (online)
  • Society, Behavior, and Health (online)
Summer 1
  • Urban Community Health Assessment (online)
  • Health Education and Program Planning (online)
Summer 2
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the US (online)
  • MPH Elective (online or on campus)
Semester MPH Courses PA Courses
Fall
  • Evaluating Healthcare Quality (on campus)
  • Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 1
  • Pharmacology 1
  • Professional Issues for Physician Assistants
  • Principles of Medicine 1
  • Principles of Psychiatry
Spring
  • Public Health Administration and Policy (on campus)
  • Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 2
  • Pharmacology 2
  • Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods
  • Principles of Medicine 2
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Principles of Pediatrics
  • Principles of Surgery
Summer
  • Principles of Medicine 3
  • Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Principles of Orthopedics
  • Aspects of Primary Care
  • Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
  • Aging and Rehabilitation Medicine
Semester MPH Courses PA Courses*
Fall
  • Environmental Health (online)
  • Applied Study in Medicine
  • Applied Study in Ambulatory Medicine
  • Applied Study in Family Practice
Spring
  • Practicum§ (online)
  • Applied Study in Emergency Medicine
  • Applied Study in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Applied Study in Pediatrics
Summer
  • Capstone§ (online)
  • Applied Study in Surgery
  • Applied Study in Mental Health

* The sequencing of Applied Study courses varies for each student.
§ Mandatory out of classroom experiences accompany these course requirements. Please see the MPH Program page for more information.

Students in the PA/MPH Program are able to save approximately 12 credits’ worth of tuition and a year of coursework by completing the two degrees at the same time. Please note that students in the PA/MPH Program are not eligible for any merit-based scholarships from the MPH Program, including the Double Husky Scholarship.

All PA/MPH graduates will fulfill the same competencies that guide the MPH program. To learn more about the curriculum requirements for the PA Program and MPH degrees, please visit those programs’ pages for more information.

Admissions

In order to be considered for the PA/MPH Program, interested applicants must complete and submit a CASPA application by August 1st, along with the supplemental fee, according to the same process that is outlined on the PA program’s website. In addition to the application requirements outlined there, those applicants who would like to be considered for the dual degree must include a personal statement that addresses the following:

  • What are your current physician assistant and public health-related career goals?
  • How will a master’s degree in public health (specifically urban health) help you attain your career goals?

The personal statement should be approximately two to three double-spaced pages in length and can included any other information you feel might be useful to the Admissions Committee.

The personal statement should be sent directly to the following address: paprogram@northeastern.edu. ***Please note that the personal statement for PA/MPH program should be submitted in addition to the CASPA personal statement and the Northeastern-specific essay.***

Your application will be verified by September 15th, and admissions decisions will be rendered in October, at the same time PA Program decisions are given.

If an applicant is not offered admission into the dual PA/MPH Program, but is still interested in pursuing the stand alone MPH degree, he or she must apply according to the admissions process outlined on the MPH Program’s page.

Contact Information

For questions related to the PA/MPH Program, please email paprogram@northeastern.edu.

Shan Mohammed MD, MPH
MPH Program Director
316 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.7729
s.mohammed@northeastern.edu

Trenton Honda

Trenton Honda
PA Program Director
202 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3195
t.honda@northeastern.edu