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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs

MPA/Master's of Public Health

Contact:  Danielle Varda, Assistant Professor,

Course Requirements:  To complete the dual degree, you will take all the core courses in each program, 9 electives from SPA, 9 electives from SPH, and then you will take the SPH capstone course requirements.  It is a total of 57 hours.  For more information, see the course map: MPA/MPH Dual Degree​

When to Enroll:  You should indicate your intention to complete the dual degree when you apply to the SPA and simultaneously complete the application for the School of Public Health.  We don't have a limit on the number of students who can enroll.  If you are already a SPA student, then you can begin your SPH application right away (see the SPH for application deadlines), while you take your MPA classes.  It is best to get started on the application process right away, so that you can be sure that your advising matches your graduation goals.

Advising:  Once admitted, you will have an advisor from each school.  Most likely, Professors Danielle Varda or Lloyd Burton will be your SPA advisor.  Your SPH advisor will be determined when you apply through their program.

Currently Enrolled Students:  If you have already been taking MPA classes, you can see how they will fit into the dual degree by referencing the course map
Applying for the Program:  You will need to apply to the School of Public Health with a separate application.  You must be admitted to both programs to participate in the dual degree.  You will go through the formal application process for each school, which means you will need to fill out the full application for the SPH.  You should be able to indicate that you are interested in the dual degree.  You can also contact your student services coordinator (Dawn Savage or Antoinette Sandoval) to let them know that you have applied and are interested in changing your status to a dual degree student.
Applying to the School of Public Affairs:
Applying to the School of Public Health:  The SPH is moving to a SOPHAS application for MPH students for the fall 2012 semester, however dual degree students will only be required to complete the Colorado School of Public Health application at  Dual degree students ARE NOT required to submit an additional application through SOPHAS. Applicants should indicate that they are applying to the MPH/MPA dual degree program on the SPH application.  A $50 application fee is required.  MPH application deadline:  January 5, 2012. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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