The Department of Health Behavior & Health Education offers dual degrees both within Public Health as well as with other graduate programs across the University. Dual degrees provide students with the opportunity to complete two graduate degrees in a reduced amount of time in most cases. The decision to pursue a dual degree may be made prior to beginning a program of study or during the first year of a degree program. Dual degree programs lead to two different degree listings on the transcript and two separate diplomas. Dual degree options are:
- Formal Dual Degree - A written agreement between two U-M schools. Multiple Dependent Degree Programs (MDDP) are created out of shared interest. MDDPs typically have a specified number of credits and courses required to complete both degrees.
- Self-Initiated Dual Degree - Complete two degree programs based on student interests. Self-initiated dual degree programs are typically completed within 3 years. Please refer to the School of Public Health's Self-Initiated Dual Degree Policy for more information.
- Dual degree candidates should also note that there is no guarantee or expectation that Health Behavior & Health Education Department Scholarship awards will align with financial awards from other University of Michigan units.
Health Behavior & Health Education's Dual Degree Options
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)/Master of Science (M.S.) in Genetic Counseling
The M.P.H./M.S. dual-degree program provides students with an innovative learning experience that includes academic training, research skill development, and clinical instruction focused on addressing issues that occur at the intersection of the fields of Health Behavior & Health Education and Genetic Counseling. Given that the genetic basis of common disease (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, cancer) has expanded the reach of genetics to include the entire population, there are great opportunities and complex challenges for genetic counseling, medical genetics and public health. Graduates of the M.P.H./M.S. dual-degree program will have a sophisticated understanding of these issues.
This 3-year course of study provides students with academic, research, and clinical training. Students typically spend Year 1 in Genetics Counseling and Year 2 in Public Health. Year 3 will be split between the two programs. Students will be able to develop a strong sense of community in both schools. The program includes academic coursework, an individual research project, and practical experience in genetic counseling and public health. Students must complete both the Health Behavior & Health Education M.P.H. curriculum and Genetics Counseling Program curriculum requirements. The M.P.H/M.S.-Genetics Counseling dual degree program fulfills degree requirements, as mandated by the accrediting bodies, for genetic counseling (Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling) and public health (Council on Education for Public Health).
- 48 credit hours under Public Health (24 credits from HBEHED classes), including a
3 credit hour reduction for the required internship (318 hours).
- 52 hours of graduate study coursework with a cumulative grade point average of B (5.0) in all graduate courses applied toward the M.S. degree;
- six clinical internships;
- presentation of two seminars (one with a focus on medical genetics, genomics and genetic counseling); and
- a thesis with a focus on the practice of genetics and genomics that is developed in collaboration with a faculty member.
Prospective students interested in the M.P.H./M.S. Genetic Counseling dual-degree program will be required to meet each school's entry requirements and standards of admission. Prospective students must apply separately to both the Health Behavior & Health Education and Genetic Counseling programs, and be accepted into both in order to enroll in the M.P.H./M.S. dual-degree program. Acceptance in one program does not guarantee acceptance in the other.
Timeline for application (with admission for the Fall term):
- Admission to the M.P.H. - available through SOPHAS, with a priority deadline of December 1.
- Admission to the GCP - available through Rackham Graduate School.
Those interested in additional information on the M.P.H./M.S. dual-degree program may contact the program's co-directors: Scott Roberts, Ph.D. (Professor in Health Behavior & Health Education) and/or Beverly Yashar, M.S., Ph.D. (Clinical Professor in Human Genetics).
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)/Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
The M.P.H./M.S.W. dual degree program provides students with a theoretical, practice and skill-based education focused on health issues from the perspectives of social justice and empowerment and health equity. The dual degree M.P.H. and M.S.W. program facilitates direct practice experiences that promote inter-professional networking and collaboration and an understanding of how diverse health organizations interact within the fields of public health and social work. Graduates of the program work in public health and social work sectors in hospitals and health care settings, city and county health departments, health and social welfare non-profit agencies, academic health research units, and state government.
The MPH/MSW curriculum has been structured to ensure that all requirements of both programs will be met fully. The 93 credit hours of the dual degree program comprise two and one-half academic years plus two summers for field experiences.
- 47 credit hours under Public Health (24 credits from HBEHED classes), including a 3 credit hour reduction for the required internship (318 hours).
- 46 credit hours under Social Work, including 15 hour social work field instruction experience to fulfill degree requirements.
- All students must complete the Health Behavior & Health Education M.P.H. curriculum and M.S.W. degree requirements.
Prospective students interested in the M.P.H./M.S.W. dual-degree program will be required to meet each school's entry requirements and standards of admission. Prospective students must apply separately to both programs, and be accepted into both in order to enroll in the M.P.H./M.S.W. dual-degree program. Acceptance in one program does not guarantee acceptance in the other.
- Admission to the M.P.H. - available through SOPHAS, priority deadline of December 1.
- Admission to the M.S.W. - priority deadline of March 1 (International & Non-Baccalaureate MSW Applicants February 1).
Students who are accepted into the MSW-MPH Dual Degree Program cannot complete a Special Program option.
A student may seek approval for an individualized U-M dual degree program that is not among those formally approved by Health Behavior & Health Education. Dual degree options may be within Public Health (i.e., M.P.H. in Health Behavior & Health Education and M.P.H. in Nutritional Sciences, M.P.H. in Health Behavior & Health Education and M.H.S.A. in Health Management & Policy) or within the University (i.e., M.U.R.P., M.P.P., or M.B.A.).
- Students must complete the Health Behavior & Health Education M.P.H. curriculum requirements and degree requirements for the chosen dual degree program.
- Self-Initiated dual degree students are limited to a 3 credit hour reduction for the required internship (318 hours)
- Self-initiated dual degree programs are typically completed within 3 years.
- Admission to the M.P.H. is available through SOPHAS, with a priority deadline of December 1.
- First-year U-M graduate students who wish to add Health Behavior & Health Education's M.P.H. to their graduate experience at the University of Michigan should contact email@example.com for a Public Health Dual Degree PDF application.This option is only for current University of Michigan-Ann Arbor graduate students enrolled in their first year at any school or college on campus. Public Health only admits for Fall semester and will accept your previous transcripts and letters of recommendation from your admitting school or college. Applicants are required to submit two Public Health essays and an application fee ($75 domestic or international).
Prospective students interested in the Self-Initiated dual-degree program will be required to meet each school's entry requirements and standards of admission.
Please follow the School of Public Health's Self-Initiated Dual Degree Policy.