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Dual Degrees

with the Colorado School of Public Health

Joint Degrees

Looking to complete two degrees at once and gain the skills needed to work interdisiplinary across healthcare and public health settings?

Since public health interacts with many other professions, dual degrees are the perfect opportunity for you learn the breath of public health and combine it with another discipline you are passionate about.

Dual degree programs are currently offered in selected areas with other University of Colorado and Colorado State University programs. Admissions requirements will vary by area, please be sure to check both program information (below) and admissions information. The handbook for dual degree programs can be found here.


 Medicine and Public Health at CU Anschutz

The MD/MPH dual degree is offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) and the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH). In addition to receiving the MD, students concurrently receive the Master of Public Health (MPH) in a Colorado School of Public Health concentration: Applied Biostatistics, Community & Behavioral Health, Environmental & Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Systems, Management & Policy, Maternal and Child Health or a custom concentration. Up to 9 credits hours from the MD program will count toward completion of the 42 credit hour MPH. In order to help students select courses and successfully complete the dual degree, students are assigned faculty advisors from both SOM and ColoradoSPH. Only students already in or accepted into the CU MD program are eligible to apply to this degree option.

Students pursue the MPH between years 3 and 4 of their medical education. The program requires an official leave of absence from SOM. The leave lasts three consecutive semesters (summer, fall, and spring). During this official leave medical school loan obligations will be waived. Students are assessed public health tuition rates for ColoradoSPH courses taken in completion of the dual degree.

In addition to achieving the core MPH and concentration competencies, graduates of the MD/MPH will be able to: 

1. Integrate public health skills and knowledge into the practice of medicine 

2. Apply biostatistical and epidemiological methods to assessing the effectiveness of medical treatments 

3. Identify the mutual commonalities of medicine and public health and be able to facilitate the communication among professionals in both fields 

4. Identify diseases with public health impacts and methods for minimizing their effects on populations

5. Facilitate the translation of medical science discoveries to the provision of public health services

Course Requirements Credit hours
BIOS 6601 Applied Biostatistics 3
EPID 6630 Epidemiology 3
EHOH 6614 Environmental & Occupational Health 3
CBHS 6610 Social & Community Factors in Health 3
HSMP 6601 Health Systems Management Policy 3
PUBH 6600 Foundations in Public Health 2
PUBH 6606 Practicum 2
PUBH 6991 (or equivalent) MPH Masters Project/Capstone 2
Public Health Concentration/Focus requirements 12
Public Health related electives from SOM curriculum
PUBH 6640 (optional) Clinical Experience for MD/MPH Students   
Total number of required hours 42


​1. It is possible that some of the activities in the SOM Mentored Scholarly Activity might be used to partially meet these requirements.

2. Medical school credits are calculated differently than MPH credits, with each medical school credit being equivalent to 0.54 MPH credits. Medical school credits are thus counted towards the MPH with this conversion, so a MD/MPH student would need 17 eligible medical school credits in order to fulfill 9 MPH credits. The following medical school courses have been approved:

Course                              (Medical School Credits / ColoradoSPH Credits)

EMED 8010 Climate Change and Medicine (2 / 1.08)          

FMMD 6624 Stout Street Health Clinic (1 / 0.54)            

FMMD 8041 PCMH Concept and Practice (2 / 1.08)                     

IDPT 6004 Infectious Disease (4.5 / 2.43)                       

IDPT 6613 Culinary Medicine (4 / 2.16)                              

IDPT 6623 Refugee and Immigrant Health I (4 / 2.16)     

IDPT 6637 LEADS I (4 / 2.16)                                    

IDPT 6639 Health Care in Public Policy (1 / 0.54)        

IDPT 6642 Intro to Women's Health ( 1 / 0.54)                

IDPT 6655 Intro to Global Health ( 1 / 0.54)                 

IDPT 6669 Global Health Seminar (1 / 0.54)                 

IDPT 6671 Urban Underserved Care (1 / 0.54)                    

IDPT 6672 Urban Underserved Care 2 (1 / 0.54)        

IDPT 7061 Rural and Community Care (1 / 0.54)                

IDPT 8023 Refugee Health II (4 / 2.16)                           

IDPT 8027 Race in Medicine (2 / 1.08)                               

IDPT 8040 Physician as Health Care Improver ( 1 / 0.54)      

IDPT 8041 Quality Improvement Practicum (2 / 1.08)           

IDPT 8540 Social Medicine (2 / 1.08)                               

IDPT 8640 Longitudinal Scholarship (2 or 4 / 1.08 or 2.16)                  

MEDS 6050 Mission Medical Clinic (1 / 0.54)                       

MEDS 8015 Care for the Underserved (4 / 2.16)                

MEDS 8039 AIDS and American Culture (1 / 0.54)               

PEDS 8030 Vaccination in Pediatrics (2 or 4 / 1.08 or 2.16)                  

PRMD 5000 Interprofessional Education/Ethics I (1 / 0.54)   

PRMD 6000 Interprofessional Education/Ethics II (1 / 0.54)  

PRMD 8006 Ethics/Humanities (4 / 2.16)                             

PSYM 6632 Denver CARES Elective (1 / 0.54)                       

PSYM 6633 SUD in Medical Practice (1 / 0.54)                 


3. Optional Course: Clinical Experience for MD/MPH Students (PUBH 6640) - students enroll for at least one credit per semester to have the same liability coverage as SOM students for work with clinical preceptors (these credits do not count toward meeting MPH requirements)


For more information please contact:

Lori Crane, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Community and Behavioral Health


 Nursing and Public Health at CU Anschutz

​​The DNP/MPH affords nurses the opportunity to achieve the highest level of nursing practice education in public health, while concurrently earning a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Colorado School of Public Health.
The dual degree program prepares nurses for public health leadership roles (see Pathways​) and is the option for:
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), that is, nurses who have a master’s degree in a clinical nursing specialty other than public/community health nursing.
  • Nurses who have a BS in nursing as their highest degree.
  • Nurses who have a master’s degree in public/community health nursing.​

DNP/MPH students complete an interdisciplinary custom concentration that consists of:

BIOS 6601   Applied Biostatistics I (3)

EPID 6630   Epidemiology (3)

EHOH 6614  Intro to Environmental and Occupational Health (3)

CBHS 6610  Social and Behavioral Factors in Health (3)

HSMP 6601  Intro to HSMP (3)

CBHS 6612  Methods in Research and Evaluation (3)

EHOH 6622  Public Health Emergency Preparedness (3)

EPID 6640   Investigation of Disease Outbreaks (2)

HSMP 6634  Introduction to Management, Budgeting and Public Health Administration (3)

2-3 MPH Elective Courses (6)

NURS 6633   Advanced Public Health Nursing (3)

NURS 6054   Multiple Chronic Conditions: Interprofessional Public Health Strategies (4)

NUDO 6055   Applied Evidence-Based Practice (3)

NURS 6286   Foundations of Health Care Informatics (3)

NURS 6752/6782  Advanced Public Health Nursing Practicum I & II

NUDO 6052   Context of Practice, Population and Patient Management (6)

NUDO 7018  Clinical Evaluation Proposal (2)

NUDO 8010  Leadership Role Residency (4)

NUDO 8018  DNP Capstone Clinical Evaluation Project (4)


Approved DNP courses that can be counted towards the MPH include:

NUDO 6055  Applied Evidence Based Practice (3)

NURS 6286  Foundations of Health Care Informatics (3)

NURS 6633  Advanced Public Health Nursing (3)

NURS 6800  Innovative Leadership (3) 


The MPH Practicum and Capstone are fulfilled in conjunction with the DNP program.

Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP)/MPH Dual Degree Competencies
Implement ethical, competent nursing practice with individuals, families and communities based on understanding the human experiences of health, illness, healing and dying.
Use technology and information systems to promote health, facilitate appropriate and ethical decision-making, support collaboration, and foster communication.
Promote health and safe environments of local to global populations and communities through the development, implementation and evaluation of models, programs and policies.
Manage care ethically with individuals, families and populations to achieve quality, cost effective outcomes.
Advocate for social justice initiatives that enhance access, quality, and socio-cultural acceptability of health care for all.
Provide leadership in the delivery and management of health care for diverse populations and environments across the continuum of care.
Practice relationship-centered caring based on the human experience of health, illness, healing and dying.
Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence.
Participate in generating and testing knowledge regarding nursing science, nursing practice and health care delivery.
Engage in professional stewardship to improve interdisciplinary collaboration and nursing practice, education, research, and health care delivery.

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 Public Administration and Public Health at CU Denver & CU Anschutz

Affect change for the public good working alongside civil servants, policy analysts, advocates and other professionals working in the public sector with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the CU Denver School of Public Affairs and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz.​

Students in this dual degree may earn both degrees upon successful completion of 60 semester credit hours (27 MPA credits and 33 MPH credits). MPA/MPH students may choose from among many MPH concentrations, including Applied Biostatistics; Community & Behavioral Health; Environmental & Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Systems, Management & Policy and Maternal & Child Health. Students may also elect to complete a custom concentration.

Students are required to secure independent admission to each program. After admission to each program, the student will apply for admission to the dual degree program. It is imperative that dual admission is achieved as early as possible to ensure maximum efficiency and avert course selections that might not advance progress in the dual degree.

Required Courses for the MPA/MPH:

BIOS 6601    Applied Biostatistics I (3)

EPID 6630     Epidemiology (3)

EHOH 6614    Intro to Environmental and Occupational Health (3)

CBHS 6610    Social and Behavioral Factors and Health (3)

HSMP 6601    Intro to HSMP (3)

PUBH 6600    Foundations in Public Health (2)

MPH Concentration Required Courses - required courses vary by MPH concentration (12)

PUBH 6606    MPH Practicum (2)

PUBH 6955    MPH Capstone Project (2)

PUAD 5001    Introduction to Public Administration and Public Service (3)

PUAD 5002    Organizational Management and Behavior (3)

PUAD 5003    Research and Analytic Methods (3)

PUAD 5004    Economics and Public Finance (3)

PUAD 5005    The Policy Process and Democracy (3)

PUAD 5006    Leadership and Professional Ethics (3)

3 MPA Elective Courses (9)



Master of Public Affairs (MPA)/MPH Dual Degree Competencies
Apply management and budgeting expertise to public health program administration.
Apply policy development and analysis skills to public health administration.
Utilize biostatistical and epidemiological knowledge in the formation of public policy.
Consider the social and behavioral influences on health when forming public policy.

 Social Work and Public Health at CU Anschutz/University of Denver

The Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) is a collaboration between the University of Denver and the Colorado School of Public Health at the Anschutz Medical Campus. 

There are many commonalities between the overarching goals of the fields of public health and social work. Both strive to improve health and social functioning, with public health focusing to a greater degree on physical health and social work focusing on a greater degree on social, emotional and mental health. There is much overlap in places of employment between these two fields, including medical and public health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment, mental health, and child welfare. Through coursework in public health, students will achieve competencies related to assessing the health status of populations and addressing health needs; through coursework in social work students will achieve competencies in assessing, addressing and evaluating social factors related to health and well-being. Graduates will be uniquely qualified to work in multi-disciplinary teams in a multitude of settings.  

The MSW/MPH dual degree program objectives are to graduate ethical and professional master’s level social workers and public health workers who are able to practice in a variety of settings, with clients of varying ages and problem areas, and with communities with a variety of challenges and assets.

The free-standing, two-year MSW comprises 90 quarter credits of coursework, and the MPH, 42 semester credits.  Students in the dual degree program may earn both degrees upon completion of 75 quarter credits and 33 semester credits. Students will take coursework at only one campus per term. Students must apply and be accepted to each program separately in order to enroll in the dual degree program.  

Applications for this dual degree will be accepted beginning fall 2017.

More information about the MSW/MPH​ can be found on the University of Denver website.


 Social Work and Public Health at Colorado State University

Individuals trained in both social work and public health are uniquely qualified to address some of our most challenging and complex social health issues. They bring their expertise to issues of health equity, disaster relief, social justice and many others. Whether working in hospitals, non-profit organizations, government agencies, or other settings, social workers in public health settings are designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that promote health at both the individual and population levels.

The MSW/MPH dual degree offered through the Colorado State University (CSU) School of Social Work and the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU gives students the opportunity to complete both degrees in less time, and with fewer credits, than it would take to complete both degrees individually. Students who finish the program leave with an MSW, an MPH in Global Health and Health Disparities, and training in both physical and behavioral health as well as knowledge of the social and ecological determinants of public health. This discipline draws on both social work and public health theories, frameworks, research and practice.

The following MSW courses are approved to apply towards the MPH degree:

SOWK 520  Social Welfare Policy Analysis

SOWK 572  Large Client Systems: Theory and Practice

SOWK 602  Macro-Level Social Work Practice Research (Capstone)

SOWK 633  Advanced Practice: Social Welfare Policy

SOWK 688  Field Placement (Practicum)


 Urban and Regional Planning and Public Health at CU Denver & CU Anschutz

Promote health through the improvement of the places where people live, work and play with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver and a Master of Public Health (MPH) at the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz.


Graduates trained to lead innovative efforts to keep air pollution down in sprawling cities, build cities resilient to disasters and emergencies, and launch bike and walk to school programs to get children moving.

Students in this dual degree program may earn both degrees upon completion of 69 credits (33 in the MPH program and 36 in the MURP program). MURP/MPH students may choose one of many MPH concentrations including: Applied Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental & Occupational Health, Community & Behavioral Health, Health Systems, Management & Policy and Maternal & Child Health. Dual degree students also have the option to complete a custom concentration.

Students are required to secure independent admission to each program. After admission to each program, the student will apply for admission to the dual degree program. It is imperative that dual admission is achieved as early as possible to ensure maximum efficiency and avert course selections that might not advance progress in the dual degree.

Required Courses for the MURP/MPH:

BIOS 6601   Applied Biostatistics I (3)

EPID 6630    Epidemiology (3)

EHOH 6614  Intro to Environmental and Occupational Health (3)

CBHS 6610   Social and Behavioral Factors in Health (3)

HSMP 6601   Intro to HSMP (3)

PUBH 6600   Foundations in Public Health (2)

4 MPH Required Concentration Courses (required courses vary by MPH concentration)(12)

PUBH 6606  MPH Practicum (2)

PUBH 6955  Dual Masters Project (2)

URPL 5000   Planning History and Theory (3)

URPL 5010   Planning Methods (3)

URPL 5020   Planning Law and Institutions (3)

URPL 5030   The Planning Profession (3)

URPL 5040   Urban Sustainability (3)

URPL 5050   Urban Development (3)

URPL 5060   Planning Workshop (6)

URPL 6000   Planning Project Studio (6)

2 MURP Elective courses from the list below (6)

Approved courses from the MURP program that may be counted toward the MPH include:

URPL 6200 Land Development Regulations (3)

URPL 6205 Plan Making (3)

URPL 6250  GIS Analysis (3)

URPL 6260 Advanced Geo-Spatial Methods (3)

URPL 6300  Community and Environmental Health Planning (3)

URPL 6400  Community Development (3)

URPL 6405  Urban Housing (3)

URPL 6410  Social Justice in Planning (3)

URPL 6500  Environmental Planning and Management (3)

URPL 6560  Transit Planning (3)

URPL 6565  Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning (3)

URPL 6600  Regional Planning (3)

URPL 6615  Small Town, Rural and Resort Planning (3)

URPL 6645  Disaster/Climate Change Planning (3)

URPL 6650  Planning in the Developing World (3)

URPL 6655  Transportation, Land Use and the Environment (3)

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)/MPH Dual Degree Competencies
Integrate public health skills into urban planning.
Consider social and behavioral aspects of urban design that promote or hinder population health when designing urban space.
Apply biostatistical and epidemiological methods to understand the health implications of urban design.

 Veterinary Medicine and Public Health at Colorado State University

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) at Colorado State University and the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) offer a combined 5-year program of study that results in earning a Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM).

Veterinarians are a unique national resource, as they are the only health professionals trained in multispecies comparative medicine. As a result of this training, the veterinary profession is able to provide an extraordinary link between agriculture and human medicine. The uses made from this link have been extensive, with multiple benefits to society. In fact, public support for veterinary medical education has as its historical basis, the profession’s relationship with food production and the control of zoonotic diseases.

MPH/DVM students spend their first 12 months in the MPH program, and after successful completion, students will begin the first year of the DVM program. MPH/DVM students are allowed to transfer up to 12 credits of approved DVM coursework and complete their MPH degree requirements in the second year of their DVM program.

The courses that are eligible for transfer into the Master of Public Health program (with a grade of "B-" or better) are:

VM 637  Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology

VM 638  Veterinary Parasitology

VM 707  Emerging Issues in Infectious Disease

VM 714  Veterinary Preventive Medicine

VSCS 648  Food Animal Production and Food Safety

The following concentrations count specific veterinary program courses toward the concentration:
  • ​Animals, People and the Environment (VM 637, 707, 714, and VSCS 648)
  • Epidemiology (VM 707 and 714)pidemiology (VM 707 and 714)
  • Global Health and Health Disparities (VM 707, 714 and VSCS 648)
​Courses on the approved list (above) can also be counted towards general electives for the MPH. In no cases can a student apply for more than a total of 12 DVM credits toward the MPH. Additional program details are available at CVMBS.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine(DVM)/MPH Dual Degree Competencies
Integrate public health skills into the practice of veterinary medicine.
Apply epidemiological and biostatistical methods to veterinary public health issues that affects humans, domestic animals, livestock, and wildlife species.
Assess and manage animal diseases with public health impacts.
Describe food production systems and approaches to manage food security and safety.

 PharmD/MPH at CU Anschutz

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