The Joint MSPAS/MPH Curriculum is an integrated, graduate-level curriculum that consists
of instruction and clinical experiences in both the medical and public health disciplines.
The program is 33 months in length (8 academic semesters) in which the first four
semesters are didactic (pre-clinical and public health). The clinical phase spans
54 weeks, including the six-week public health field study. Students return to campus
for the last three weeks to complete their MPH Capstone and MSPAS Summative courses.
The White Coat Ceremony celebrates the students' transition from the classroom to the clinic
Graduates of the program receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health. As PAs, graduates are eligible for licensure to practice in all 50 states and Washington, DC. The Master of Public Health degree prepares the graduate by developing public health knowledge and principles including disease prevention, health promotion, epidemiology, biostatistics, health care administration, and research study and design.
The combined curriculum prepares graduates to better understand the link between an individual's health and their environment, and serves as the foundation for the program’s mission of quality healthcare access for all. The curriculum is continually evaluated in order to provide the best possible outcomes; changes can therefore often be seen between years.
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