The Department of Health Policy and Management offers six dual degree opportunities for MHA and MSPH 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 research (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 six approved dual degree programs are with:

Business MHA/MBA or MSPH/MBA

Ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report among the top U.S. 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.

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

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 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.

Click here to see a sample MHA/MSIS Plan of Study.

Click here to see a sample MSPH/MSIS Plan of Study.

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:

Business Administration
A total of 15 credits of BUSI courses can be applied toward MHA/MSPH.
A total of 12 credits of HPM courses can be applied toward MBA.
Information and Library Science
A total of 12 credits of SILS courses can be applied toward the MHA/MSPH.
A total of 9 credits of HPM courses can be applied toward the MSIS/MSLS.
Core HPM course HPM 730, Leadership and Management of Health Care Organizations, 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.

General Information

Admission Requirements for Dual Degree Programs


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

BSPH, MSPH and Resident MHA:
Academic Coordinator: Yolonda N. Childs

Doctoral and Executive MHA:
Academic Coordinator: Kim Sieler

Assistant to Chair: Stephanie Forman
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