The combined Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies/Master of Public Health program allows students to earn two degrees simultaneously.
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Accepted applicants to Northeastern’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program have the opportunity to pursue a joint degree, the PA/MPH, which is offered by the MS in 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 toolkit 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 Assistant 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 the MPH coursework is completed online prior to matriculation into the 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 a 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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.
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