The CEPH-accredited MPH curriculum focuses on a group of core courses. Candidates choose from several track options and design their plan of study with electives to fulfill the track requirements. Students also complete 125 hours of field work and a culminating Capstone experience that results in a mentored research or mentored project in public health.
One of the strengths of Penn’s MPH program is its interdisciplinary nature. VMD/MPH students will be taking public health courses with students from other schools at Penn, including
- Dental Medicine
- Arts and Sciences
- Social Policy and Practice
The VMD/MPH dual degree is designed to be completed in five years, with students completing the bulk of their coursework AFTER completing their VMD. Students could also take longer to complete the degree if they chose to study as part-time public health students following their VMD degree.
Students are encouraged to apply for the VMD/MPH degree in their first year so that they can start to plan for coursework and public health fieldwork experiences, but applications can be considered in later years.