Online, Dual-Degree Master of Public Health (M.P.H)

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March 04, 2022 | Midwestern University

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Online, Dual-Degree Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Enhances Career Options in Medicine

In May 2022, Midwestern University celebrates its first graduates to complete both a health profession doctoral degree program and the concurrent, online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program. The M.P.H. program, launched in 2020, is a dual-degree option for students enrolled in one of four doctoral degree programs at Midwestern University: Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, Dental Medicine, or Veterinary Medicine. The M.P.H. program curriculum provides students with foundational knowledge in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral health, and health policy and is scheduled to coordinate with each doctoral program’s curriculum.

Knowledge for the M.P.H. degree is gained through engaging online courses, an applied public health practice experience, and a capstone project. Coursework is designed to prepare students to tackle complex public health issues through a One Health approach that integrates human, animal, and environmental health principles and practices. Sophia Fasani, a second-year student in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, chose to pursue a dual M.P.H. degree because, “As an osteopathic physician trained in patient-centered medicine, I have a responsibility to educate and care for my community. To do so, I want to understand the current health disparities and issues within our population and its individuals who will someday be my patients. The M.P.H. combined with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree will enable me to best serve our current and future patient populations.”

Obtaining an M.P.H. degree can also help graduate doctors to be more competitive applicants for internships, residency programs, and career opportunities in the rapidly growing healthcare field. Midwestern’s dual-degree M.P.H. graduate doctors will be prepared with an intellectual foundation and specialized skills to prepare them to lead change and make a difference in communities around the world.

Students interested in pairing an M.P.H. with a doctoral health profession degree can learn more about Midwestern University at or by contacting our Admissions team at or 623-537-3215.