Dual Degrees offered jointly with other U-M schools and colleges

  • 7Number of formal dual degree programs offered

The University of Michigan is known for encouraging an interdisciplinary environment. Students at U-M SPH have the opportunity to pursue a formal MDDP or self-initiated dual degree option.

Formal dual degree programs are written agreements between two U-M schools.  Formal dual agreements, called Multiple Dependent Degree Programs (MDDP), are created out of shared interest and demand.  MDDPs typically have a specified number of credits or courses that can be double counted or recommended.  

All dual degree students must register for half of their total credits under the School of Public Health.  Both degrees will be conferred at the same time, regardless of which degree is completed first.  It is important that all dual degree students work closely with their Department Program Coordinator and/or Faculty Advisor throughout their studies. The student must ensure they have registered for at least the minimum necessary credits under Public Health, have met the SPH BIC requirements, and have also completed departmental graduation requirements.

The details of the U-M SPH formal MDDP dual degree programs and self-initiated dual degree programs are listed below:

Self-Initiated Dual Degree Policy

Self-initiated dual degree programs offer students the ability to complete two degree programs based on their particular interests.  Students interested in this option must apply to each program separately.  The current School of Public Health (SPH) Policy for admissions to a dual degree program states that students have to apply within their first year for any dual degree program. Occasionally, exceptions will be granted--exceptions to this policy will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students should complete the Self-Initiated Dual Degree request form Authentication Required.

Graduate Self-Initiated Dual Degree Policy

Self-Initiated Dual Degree graduate students entering the Fall 2017 cohort or later, will have two options available for minimum credit completion at the School of Public Health. Self-Initiated Dual Degrees are not currently available for undergraduate students.

Option 1 

(*This option is required for all students earning two degrees within SPH.)

  • Complete a minimum of 45 credits toward program (CTP), registered under the Public Health career;
  • Students may NOT double-count any of these 45 credits;
  • If a self-initiated dual degree student earns a credit reduction from their summer internship, these credits may be applied to the 45 required SPH credits, up to a maximum of three (3) credits. Thus, earning the CEPH accreditation minimum of 42 credits for a degree program;
  • Complete the SPH Breadth, Integration, and Capstone (BIC) requirements;
  • Complete all the degree requirements specified by the admitting SPH department;
    • All exception/substitution requests can be submitted to the SPH department curriculum committee for review;
  • Complete all the degree requirements specified by the other degree unit; and
  • Coordinate coursework with a faculty academic advisor from both the SPH department and the other degree unit.

Option 2

(It is predicted that primarily students doing a self-initiated dual degree with a Rackham program will select this option.)

  • Complete a minimum of 60 credits toward program (CTP), registered under the Public Health career;
  • Students MAY double-count up to one sixth of the total of both programs, not to exceed half of either program, and not to fall below 42 credits registered under SPH;
  • If a self-initiated dual degree student earns a credit reduction from their summer internship, these credits may be applied to the required SPH credits, up to a maximum of three (3) credits. The credit reduction from the internship would reduce the amount of double counting allowed.
  • Complete the SPH Breadth, Integration, and Capstone (BIC) requirements;
  • Complete all the degree requirements specified by the admitting SPH department;
    • All exception/substitution requests can be submitted to the SPH department curriculum committee for review; 
  • Complete all the degree requirements specified by the other degree unit; and
  • Coordinate coursework with a faculty academic advisor from both the SPH department and the other degree unit.

Questions regarding dual degrees should initially be discussed with the Department Program Coordinator and/or Faculty Advisor. If you still have questions after this conversation, please contact the SPH Registrar, sph.registrar@umich.edu.