The DPT/MPH prepares physical therapists for careers as leaders who will span the boundaries between physical therapy and public health. Graduates from the dual degree program will:
• Function competently within the healthcare system as high quality, public health oriented practitioners for people and the community with potential or existing movement dysfunction.
• Contribute to the knowledge base in population health through nationally recognized research.
• Function as resources on issues of public and community health for the Northwestern medical faculty, affiliated hospitals, and clinical practice partners.
• Drive efforts to improve population health and reduce health disparities.
Students in the Dual DPT/MPH degree program complete coursework and clinical requirements to satisfy the requirements for each degree. DPT courses are scheduled during the day while MPH courses are offered in the evenings. Students begin MPH coursework the summer before matriculation into the DPT program and then take one or two MPH courses each term along with the regular DPT courseload. The required professional experiences for each degree coordinate so that MPH field and culminating experiences coincide and complement DPT clinical education and the synthesis research project. Students will work closely with their faculty adviser to plan a coursework, field experience, and culminating experience to complete both programs in 3 years.