The combined Physician Assistant/Master of Public Health program allows students to earn two degrees simultaneously.
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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 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.
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.
Save time and tuition
Broaden your clinical and professional toolkits to include a population health, community-based perspective
Most of MPH coursework is completed online prior to matriculation into PA portion of program
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam, the only professional certification specific to the field of public health
Graduating with a MS in Physician Assistant Studies and an MPH helps to diversify the public health workforce and improves graduates’ ability to approach clinical situations with cultural sensitivity and awareness. Graduates of the program benefit from having a greater understanding of public health issues in clinical practice, including the racial and ethnic health disparities prevalent in the United States health care system, as well as a strong grounding in epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the use of scientific evidence, skills critical to many fields of health care practice.
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Your application must be submitted to CASPA by August 1st and verified by CASPA and sent to the PA Program by August 31st.
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 Northeastern Data Sheet and $75 application fee (made payable to Northeastern University), according to the same process that is outlined on the PA Program’s webpage at https://bouve.northeastern.edu/physician-assistant/ms/admissions-tuition/ under the “How to Apply” tab.
Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health General Requirements
Physician Assistant Requirements
A grade of C or higher is required in each course.
PA 6208 - Professional Issues for Physician Assistants
PA 6326 - Aspects of Primary Care
PA 6327 - Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
PA 6328 - Aging and Rehabilitation Medicine
Anatomy and Physiology
PA 6200 - Anatomy and Physiology 1
PA 6201 - Anatomy and Physiology 2
Diagnosis and Evaluation
PA 6203 - Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 1
PA 6204 - Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 2
PA 6207 - Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods
PA 6323 - Clinical Neurology
PA 6205 - Pharmacology 1
PA 6206 - Pharmacology 2
PA 6311 - Principles of Medicine 1
PA 6312 - Principles of Medicine 2
PA 6313 - Principles of Medicine 3
PA 6320 - Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology
PA 6321 - Principles of Surgery
PA 6322 - Principles of Orthopedics
PA 6324 - Principles of Pediatrics
PA 6325 - Principles of Psychiatry
PA 6400 - Applied Clinical Study in Medicine
PA 6401 - Applied Clinical Study in Ambulatory Medicine
PA 6402 - Applied Clinical Study in Family Practice
PA 6403 - Applied Clinical Study in Emergency Medicine
PA 6404 - Applied Clinical Study in Women's Health
PA 6405 - Applied Clinical Study in Pediatrics
PA 6406 - Applied Clinical Study in Surgery
PA 6407 - Applied Clinical Study in Mental Health
Master of Public Health Requirements
A grade of B– or higher is required in each course.
PHTH 5202 - Introduction to Epidemiology
PHTH 5210 - Biostatistics in Public Health
PHTH 5212 - Public Health Administration and Policy
PHTH 5214 - Environmental Health
PHTH 5232 - Evaluating Healthcare Quality
PHTH 5540 - Health Education and Program Planning
3.00 - 4.00
PHTH 6204 - Society, Behavior, and Health
PHTH 5120 - Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States
PHTH 6200 - Principles and History of Urban Health
PHTH 6208 - Urban Community Health Assessment
PHTH 6966 - Practicum
3.00 - 4.00
PHTH 6910 - Public Health Capstone
Complete 3 semester hours of approved elective course work.
PA/MPH students complete 9 applied study rotations in various disciplines, including community-based, public health-oriented settings.
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