Dual Degree Programs and Combined Degree Programs
The increasing complexity of public health and health services delivery has led many students to consider combining their graduate degree in public health with study in another complementary area. This works particularly well at Ohio State, where many of our graduate programs and professional programs enjoy strong national reputations.
The College of Public Health partners with numerous departments and colleges at Ohio State to offer opportunities for students to pursue a dual degree or a combined degree.The College offers a number of dual degree options that allow students to supplement their Public Health course work with more focused interdisciplinary study from another department, while earning two graduate degrees in less time than it would take to pursue each degree independently. Students must be admitted to both programs separately, and admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other.
Students in the College of Public Health combined programs are enrolled concurrently in a Public Health graduate program and in a professional college or school. The purpose of combined programs is to give outstanding students an opportunity to pursue simultaneously two degrees in different colleges or schools by reducing the amount of time required to complete both sets of degree requirements.More Information about the policies and procedures of a combined degree can be found here.
Combined degree programs with law, medicine, and pharmacy each have specific established curricular requirements. In general, the combined program adds one year to the normal length of the professional degree alone (e.g., four years for the JD/MHA or JD/MPH rather than three years for the JD alone).
For dual graduate degrees, the student and advisor(s) in each graduate degree program plan an integrated course of study to satisfy the requirements of both degree programs. A minimum of 50 percent of the hours for each degree must be unique to that degree and cannot be used for dual credit. Although the majority of dual degree programs in public health have involved business or nursing, it is potentially possible in almost any field of study. The Program Plan for Dual Degree Students form, available from the Graduate School, must be completed and submitted to the Graduate School within one term of planning the integrated course of study with both advisors.
A "combined" degree program involves one graduate degree and one professional degree (e.g., MPH and MD). A "dual" degree program involves completing two graduate degrees (e.g., MHA and MBA).
The College currently has formal combined degree policies with the following programs:
College of Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
Moritz College of Law
The College currently has formal dual degree policies with the following programs:
College of Nursing
MPH-Health Behavior and Health Promotion/MS-Nursing
College of Engineering
MPH-Environmental Health Sciences/MISE
Glenn School of Public Affairs
Fisher College of Business
College of Social Work
MPH-Health Behavior and Health Promotion/MSW
MPH-Health Services Management and Policy/MSW
Independent admission to each degree program is required. Applicants who are interested in a dual degree program should indicate that they are applying to each degree program separately. This makes it possible to share some application materials, such as transcripts and GRE or GMAT scores. Admission to either of the degree programs does not guarantee admission to the other. An applicant who is admitted to only one degree program may elect to pursue that degree alone.