Dual Degrees

The Department of Health Policy and Management offers eight dual degree opportunities for MHA and MSPH students, and one for MPH students.

MHA/MSPH Dual Degrees

The Department of Health Policy and Management offers master’s students the opportunity to pursue a dual degree that combines their health management (MHA) or health policy (MSPH) education with studies in any of three other UNC highly regarded graduate programs. These authorized arrangements allow the students to reduce their studies by a year, as compared to pursuing the two degrees individually. The eight approved dual degree programs are with:

  • Business MHA/MBA, MSPH/MBA

Ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report among the top 20 US MBA programs for full-time students, the Kenan-Flagler Business School admits close to 300 MBA students each year. Its research centers are dedicated to helping business and government tackle problems with impact on society. It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience, and a working knowledge of financial accounting, statistics, microeconomics, and calculus.

  • City and Regional Planning MHA/MRP, MSPH/MRP

The Department of City and Regional Planning was established in 1946 as the first university planning department based in the social sciences. The dual degree programs prepare students for career opportunities that join public health and urban planning needs, recognizing that environmental factors, especially the built environment, have behavioral impacts that affect the incidence of chronic illnesses.

  • Information and Library Science MHA/MSIS, MSPH/MSIS, MHA/MSLS, MSPH/MSLS

Currently ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) consistently takes a leadership role in today’s ever-changing information and library science landscape. The dual degree programs afford the knowledge, skills, and integrated perspective needed to manage information assets and best serve organizations’ and the public’s information needs

Typically, a student applies, and is admitted to, the two desired degree programs simultaneously and independently. Once admitted to both programs, s/he is considered to be a dual degree student, although s/he can be “term activated” in only one program at a time. Changing term activation from one program to another must be done by the respective registrars and so it is critical that, upon admission, the registrars of both programs of the dual degree be informed by the student that s/he is a dual degree student this does not happen automatically. Term activation is independent and regardless of allocation of credit hours between the programs and semesters, or what courses are taken.

Studies then proceed as follows:

  • First year: Complete core courses in one program (fall and spring semester of term activation/matriculation in that program).
  • Second year: Complete core courses in the other program (fall and spring semester of term activation/matriculation in the second program).
  • Third year: Complete fall semester in one program and spring semester in the other. For the dual degree programs with Kenan-Flagler, term activation for fall semester third year must be at Kenan-Flagler and spring semester in Health Policy and Management.

Matriculating in a dual degree program does not change the degree requirements for either degree, which must be fulfilled as prescribed by each program. The saving of time is in “double counting,”–some course credits can be counted toward degree requirements in both programs:

  MHA MSPH  
      MBA
Business
  • A total of 15 credits of BUSI courses can be applied toward both the MHA and the MBA.
  • MBA 700, Analytical Tools, is an approved substitute for HPM 470, Statistical Methods for Health Policy and Administration, and MBA 730, Financial Accounting, is an approved substitute for HPM 740, Introduction to Health Care Financial Management.
  • A total of 15 credits of BUSI courses can be applied toward both the MSPH and the MBA.
  • MBA 730, Financial Accounting, is an approved substitute for HPM 740, Introduction to Health Care Financial Management.
A total of 12 credits of HPM courses can be applied toward both the MBA and the MHA/MSPH.
      MRP
City and Regional Planning
  • A total of 14 credits of MRP courses can be applied toward both the MHA and the MRP.
  • An MRP course can be approved as a substitute for HPM 754, Health Care in the US: Structure and Policy.
  • A total of 16 credits of MRP courses can be applied toward both the MSPH and the MRP.
  • MRP courses can be approved as a substitute for HPM 754, Health Care in the US: Structure and Policy, and HPM 472, Program Evaluation.
  • Separate master’s paper/project must be completed for each program.
  • A total of 15 credits of HPM courses can be applied toward both the MRP and the MHA/MSPH.
  • A minimum of 6 elective credits must be taken in planning.
  • Separate master’s paper/project must be completed for each program.
      MSIS, MSLS
Information and Library Science
  • A total of 12 credits of SILS courses can be applied toward both the MSIS/MSLS and the MHA/MSPH; this is within the Graduate School allowed 20%.
  • INLS 582, Systems Analysis, can be substituted for HPM 770, Introduction to Operations Research for Healthcare Systems.
  • A total of 12 credits of SILS courses can be applied toward both the MSIS/MSLS and the MHA/MSPH; this is within the Graduate School allowed 20%.
  • INLS 582, Systems Analysis, can be substituted for HPM 770, Introduction to Operations Research for Healthcare Systems.
  • Separate master’s papers must be completed for each program.
  • A total of 9 credits of HPM courses can be applied toward both the MSIS/MSLS and the MHA/MSPH; this is within the Graduate School allowed 20%.
  • Core HPM courses, HPM 730, Leadership and Management of Health Care Organizations HPM 754, Health Care in the US: Structure and Policy and HPM 740, Introduction to Health Care Financial Management, cover similar content to INLS 585, Management for Information Professionals, so that HPM 730 (3 credits) can be applied toward the degrees of both programs.
  • Separate master’s papers must be completed for each program.

 

MPH Dual Degree

  • Law  JD/MPH

The UNC School of Law was founded in 1845, and has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1928. Carolina Law prepares outstanding lawyers and leaders to serve the people and institutions of North Carolina, the nation, and the world. The Law School offers expertise in civil rights, banking, environmental law, intellectual property, entrepreneurial and securities law, critical studies, bankruptcy, and constitutional inquiry.

Students are admitted independently to each degree program, and may apply to the dual degree program before entering or after matriculating in the Law School. As with all dual degree programs, the student can be “term activated” in only one program at a time. Changing term activation from one program to another must be done by the respective registrars and so it is critical that, upon admission, the registrars of both programs of the dual degree be informed by the student that s/he is a dual degree student; this does not happen automatically. Term activation is independent and regardless of allocation of credit hours between the programs and semesters, or what courses are taken.

Studies typically proceed as follows:

  • First year: Complete required first-year Law courses, with a law-related position or coursework in summer 1.
  • Second year: Complete second-year Law electives, including health law electives, with a law-related position or coursework in summer 2.
  • Third year: Complete Health Policy and Management curriculum, with a practicum in summer 3; work on master’s paper.
  • Fourth year: complete electives/master’s.

Matriculating in a dual degree program does not change the degree requirements for either degree, which must be fulfilled as prescribed by each program—86 semester hours in the Law School and 42 semester hours in the School of Public Health. The saving of time is in “double counting,”—some course credits can be counted toward degree requirements in both programs: Up to 9 credits from the School of Public Health may be counted toward the JD degree, and up to 8 credits from the Law School may be counted toward the MPH degree

General information on dual degrees

 

Admission Requirements for Dual Degree Programs

 

Questions?

For more specific information on dual degree requirements and curriculum, contact the Registrar or Student Services Manager of the department/school to which you will be applying:


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