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MS/MPH Dual Degree Option

Overview

The Master of Science/Master of Public Health (MS/MPH) dual degree option will prepare you for a diverse range of careers in nursing and public health. It’s available to students in all graduate nursing specialties. As a student in the program, you’ll have the opportunity to earn both degrees in less time—and at less cost—than if you pursued each degree separately.

Each school awards its own degree and has its own admissions process. For more information, visit the University of Maryland School of Medicine site.

Program Requirements

You must meet all the requirements for the MS and MPH programs to receive both degrees. The MS degree requires 30 and 72 credits, depending on the program of study. The MPH degree, requires 42 credits, including 23 credit hours of core courses and 19 credit hours in an area of concentration. As an MPH student, you must select a concentration in either Epidemiology or Community & Population Health.

For detailed information on the MPH concentrations, visit the University of Maryland School of Medicine site.

The School of Nursing will allow students to use 9 credits obtained in the MPH program to fulfill MS elective requirements The School of Medicine will allow students to use 6 credits earned in the MS program as MPH electives. In addition to these 15 shared credits, nursing courses that fulfill requirements for both degrees and have a joint designation in both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, or that are listed as MPH electives, may count toward both the MS and MPH. Finally, with prior approval of the Nursing Specialty Program Director, an approved 6-credit MPH capstone experience may serve as the final practicum or precept experience in the School of Nursing.

Sample Plans of Study

Sample Program of Study for School of Nursing Community/Public Health MS Specialty: Epidemiology Concentration*

Required Core Courses (23 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PH 600
NURS 671
Principles of Epidemiology
Substitute: SON Epidemiological Assessment Strategies
3
3
PH 621 Biostatistical Methods 3
PH 668 Environmental/Occupational Health 3
PH 648 Introduction to the Health System, Policy & Management 3
PH 610 Foundations of Public Health 3
PH xxx Public Health Ethics 2
PH 789 Supervised Capstone Experience
Substitute**: 4 credits of NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/ Public Health upon approval of Specialty Director and MPH Concentration Director
6
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 16 additional credits to satisfy the MPH core requirement.
Required Concentration Courses (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PREV 803 Clinical Trials/Experimental Epidemiology 3
PREV 659 Observational Studies in Epidemiology 3
PREV 720 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 4
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 10 additional credits to satisfy the MPH concentration requirement.
Approved Elective Courses (9 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NURS xxx Electives, subject to approval 9
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 9 additional elective credits to satisfy the MPH elective requirement.
Total Credits
Required Core, Concentration, and Approved Electives 42
Total Additional Credits for MS/MPH 35
Total Credits for Dual Degree 77

*Students will take all of the courses required in the Community/Public Health Specialty.

**Substitute fulfills only partial requirement for the MPH.  MS students need an additional two credits of supervised field experience and must meet the proposal, participation, presentation and portfolio requirements for the MPH.

MS/MPH Dual Degree MPH Community & Population Health Concentration Program for School of Nursing Community/Public Health  MS Specialty: Community & Population Health Concentration*

Required Core Courses (23 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PH 600
NURS 671
Principles of Epidemiology
Substitute: SON Epidemiological Assessment Strategies
3
3
PH 621 Biostatistical Methods 3
PH 668 Environmental/Occupational Health 3
PH 648 Introduction to the Health System, Policy & Management 3
PH 610 Foundations of Public Health 3
PH xxx Public Health Ethics 2
PH 789 Supervised Capstone Experience
Substitute**: 4 credits of NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health upon approval of Specialty Director and MPH Concentration Director
6
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 16 additional credits to satisfy the MPH core requirement.
Required Concentration Courses (9 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PREV 758 Health Survey Research Methods 3
PREV 625 Community-based Participatory Research: Theory and Methods 3
PREV 732 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community Public Health 3
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 6 additional credits to satisfy the MPH concentration requirement.
Approved Elective Courses (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NURS 769 Society, Health and Social Justice 3
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
NURS xxx Others, subject to approval 4
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 4 additional elective credits to satisfy the MPH elective requirement.
Total Credits
Required Core, Concentration, and Approved Electives 42
Total Additional Credits for MS/MPH 26
Total Credits for Dual Degree 68

*Students will take all of the courses required in the Community/Public Health Specialty.

**Substitute fulfills only partial requirement for the MPH.  MS students need an additional two credits of supervised field experience and must meet the proposal, participation, presentation and portfolio requirements for the MPH.

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