Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Doctor of Physical Therapy/Master of Public Health Dual Degree

This dual degree program prepares physical therapists for careers as leaders who will span the boundaries between physical therapy and public health. Graduates from the program will:

Interested applicants must first receive an admission offer for the DPT program, made on a rolling basis between early October and early December.

Once admitted, students must apply to the Master of Public Health program via The Graduate School. Applicants must submit a personal statement on how the MPH degree will impact their physical therapy education and future career goals, along with two references.

Click here to learn more about the DPT/MPH dual-degree application. 

Course Sequence

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.

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Please find a sample course sequence below. Please note your actual course sequence may differ from the example provided. 

DPT Year 1
TermDPT CoursesMPH Courses
Summer (Year 0)
  • None
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Qualitative Research Methods
Fall
  • Foundations of Public Health I
  • Topics in Public Health for the Physical Therapist

Winter

  • Foundations of Public Health II
  • Topics in Public Health for the Physical Therapist
Spring
  • Foundations of Public Health III
  • Topics in Public Health for the Physical Therapist
Summer
  • Public Health Elective

 

DPT Year 2                                                                                          
TermDPT CoursesMPH Courses
Fall
  • Intermediate Biostatistics
  • Topics in Public Health for the Physical Therapist

Winter

  • Introduction to the US Healthcare System
  • Topics in Public Health for the Physical Therapist
Spring
  • None
Summer
  • Topics in Public Health for the Physical Therapist
  • 2 Electives

 

DPT Year 3                                                                                             
TermDPT CoursesMPH Courses
Fall
  • Field Experience in Public Health
  • Topics in Public Health for the Physical Therapist

Winter

  • Culminating Experience in Public Health
Spring
  • Graduate
  • Graduate

Click here for more information on MPH courses.