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Colorado School of Public Health

Joint 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, joint degrees are the perfect opportunity for you learn the breath of public health and combine it with another discipline you are passionate about.

Joint 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


 Medicine and Public Health

The MD/MPH joint degree is offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) and the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH). 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 and Behavioral Health, Community Health Education, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Systems, Management and Policy or General Track. Up to 12 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 joint degree, students are assigned faculty advisors from both SOM and CSPH. Only students already in or accepted into the CU MD program are eligible to apply to this degree option.

Joint degree 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 official leave medical school loan obligations will be waived. Students are assessed public health tuition rates for CSPH courses taken in completion of the joint degree.

In addition to achieving the general MPH and concentration/focus area 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 6603 Health Systems & Management 3
PUBH 6600 Foundations in Public Health 2
PUBH 6606 Practicum 2
PUBH 6955 (or equivalent1) MPH Masters Project/Capstone 2
Public Health Concentration/Focus requirements 12
Public Health related electives from SOM curriculum2
IDPT 7655 (optional3) Foundations of Doctoring
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. Courses from the SOM Curriculum that may apply toward the MPH are:

PRMD 5000 Ethics Health Professions I

PRMD 6000 Ethics Health Professions II

IDPT 6004 Infectious Disease

FMMD 6624 Healthcare Poor/Homeless

IDPT 6639 Health Care-Public Policy

IDPT 6642 Intro to Women’s Health

IDPT 6669 Global Health Seminar

MED 6621 Geriatric Medicine

PED 6622 Diabetes Mellitus

PSCH 6632 Denver CARES Elective

SURG 6625 Global Health Issues

IDPT 7061 Rural and Community Care

FMMD 8005 Care for Underserved

IDPT 8003 Geriatrics

IDPT 8013 Tropical Medicine

3. Optional Course: Clinical Experience for MD/MPH Students (PUBH 6640) - students work for at least one hour per semester to have the same liability coverage as SOM students for work with 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

​​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. Electives in the MPH degree program will allow students to tailor course work to their interests.
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.​
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 Public Administration and Public Health

Affect change for the public good working alongside civil servants, policy analysts, advocates and other professionals working in the public sector.

Students in this dual degree may earn both degrees upon successful completion of 60 semester credit hours (18 MPA core credits, 17 MPH core credits, 21 concentration credits, 2 practicum credits, and 2 master's project credits). MPA/MPH students may choose one of the five MPH concentrations offered on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus: Applied Biostatistics; Community and Behavioral Health; Environmental and Occupational Health; Epidemiology; or Health Systems, Management and Policy. Students may also elect to complete a general track MPH.

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.

Download MPA/MPH Program Information ​​


 Urban and Regional Planning and Public Health

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

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 66 credits (27 MURP core credits, 17 MPH core credits, 2 practicum credits, 18 concentration credits and 2 dual master’s project credits). MURP/MPH students may choose one of the five MPH concentrations: Applied Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental & Occupational Health, Community & Behavioral Health or Health Systems, Management & Policy. Dual degree students also have the option to do the MPH General Track.

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.

Download MURP/MPH Program Information​​​​


 Veterinary Medicine and Public Health

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) at Colorado State University and the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) 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's 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
  • VS 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 VS 648)
  • Epidemiology (VM 707 and 714)
  • Global Health and Health Disparities (VM 707, 714, and VS 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.

Download MPH/DVM Program Information


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