Thomas Jefferson University
Public Health

Dual Degrees


Dual-degree options allow students to apply coursework from other degree programs to the 45-credit Thomas Jefferson University Master's of Public Health (MPH) program. In most instances, dual-degree students are eligible to transfer 9-12 credits, thereby reducing the number of credits and courses required to complete the Thomas Jefferson University MPH degree. 

MD/MPH with Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC)

  • The MD/MPH dual-degree option is open to students enrolled in SKMC.
  • SKMC students complete coursework for the MPH between their 3rd and 4th years of medical education.
    • The number of medical education credits (9-15) transferable into the 45-credit MPH program depends on electives taken by the medical student and whether or not the student participated in the College Within a College (CwiC) co-curricular program. 
    • The Joseph Gonnella Scholarship, covering at least half of MPH tuition and fees, is available to eligible SKMC students. 
  • Physicians with the MPH degree assume leadership positions in state and local public health departments and health centers, health insurance companies, non-governmental health organizations and international program management. The degree enhances academic positions with a research or clinical focus and complements clinical practice with underserved populations.
  • For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at 215-955-7312. 

DO/MPH with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

  • The DO/MPH recognizes the historical synergy between osteopathic medicine and public health. In addition to preparing osteopathic physicians for leadership positions in state and local public health departments and health centers, the degree enhances primary clinical practice with underserved populations.
  • PCOM students can receive up to twelve (12) elective transfer credits toward the 45-credit MPH degree for coursework taken as part of the DO degree program. DO students can complete MPH coursework between their third and fourth years of medical education or within five years of completion of the DO degree.
  • For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at 215-955-7312 or PCOM at 215-871-6780.

JD/MPH with the Family Health Law & Policy Institute at the Widener School of Law, Widener University

  • The JD/MPH program supports individuals seeking to enhance careers in health law practice, advocacy and policy. It is open to Widener JD students seeking the MPH degree and to Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) MPH students seeking a legal education.
  • Admission to the JD and MPH programs is determined independently. Students must meet the admissions requirements for each school, including GRE for the MPH program and LSAT for the JD program. Students complete two years of their legal education at Widener before beginning the MPH program.
  • Students completing Widener’s JD degree may apply 9 JD credits toward the 45-credit MPH degree, and students completing the MPH degree may apply 9 MPH credits toward the Widener JD degree.
  • For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at 215-955-7312 or Admissions at Widener Law at 302-477-2703.

PharmD/MPH with the Jefferson School of Pharmacy (JSP)

  • The PharmD/MPH is open to JSP students who have completed the PharmD degree.  PharmD students may apply to the MPH program during their fourth year or within three years of graduation and may complete the degree on a full- or part-time basis.
  • Eligible JSP PharmD students can apply up to 24 credits of their pharmacy work to the 45-credit MPH degree.
  • The PharmD/MPH recognizes the growing synergy between pharmacy services and public health services and reflects the growing interest among professionals to seek graduate credentials in multiple disciplines.
  • For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at 215-955-7312 or JSP at 215-503-9087.

Master of Social Services/MPH with the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) of Bryn Mawr College

  • The MSS/MPH recognizes the long-standing synergy between social work and public health. It accommodates the growing interest of professionals to seek multiple degrees to enhance their skills in serving populations that depend on community-based teams of practitioners, researchers and policy makers well versed in health, social and legal services.
  • GSSWSR students may transfer up to 12 MSS credits to the MPH program. MPH students may transfer up to 3 courses (9 credits) into the GSSWSR program.
  • GSSWSR students can complete the dual degree in three years of full-time study, completing MSS coursework in the first and third years and MPH work in the second year.  The MPH capstone project is completed during the third year.
  • JSPH students typically complete the MPH degree before applying to GSSWSR for the MSS degree.
  • For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at 215-955-7312 or GSSWSR at 610-520-2612.

MSN/MPH with the Jefferson School of Nursing

  • The MSN/MPH option is available to Jefferson School of Nursing (JSN) students with RN licensure who complete certain tracks within the MSN. JSN students typically apply to the MPH program upon completion of the MSN degree.
  • The MSN/MPH augments traditional advanced practice nursing with public health research and practice. The dual degree prepares nurses for leadership positions in public health agencies, community-based or global health programs, public health research initiatives and academic institutions.
  • For more information, contact the MPH Program Director at 215-955-7312 or the Jefferson School of Nursing at 215-503-5090.