Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health, MS/MPH
The Northeastern University Physician Assistant (PA) program and Department of Health Sciences offer a combined Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS)/Master in Public Health Program (MPH) program. The combined PA/MPH program allows qualified and interested students an opportunity to achieve their goal of obtaining a more robust understanding of public health through an MPH degree while also completing their Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
Since its inception in 2008, the Northeastern MPH program has distinguished itself from other MPH programs in the area through its unique focus on urban public health. The program’s overarching goal is to address urban public health concerns, particularly those associated with racial and ethnic health disparities, in order to build a diverse and activist-oriented public health workforce. The MPH program has a strong commitment to providing a flexible course of study for working professionals. This flexibility allows for easy incorporation into a dual-degree program.
The combined degree that incorporates both programs is designed to help diversify the public health workforce and improve graduates’ ability to approach clinical situations with cultural sensitivity and awareness. Successful graduates of the program benefit from having a greater understanding of public health issues in clinical practice, including the racial and ethnic health disparities prevalent in the U.S. healthcare system, as well as a strong grounding in epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the use of scientific evidence, skills critical to many fields of healthcare practice.
This dual degree takes a total of three years to complete (as opposed to four, if each degree were pursued separately), and a total number of 12 credits would be shared between both degrees.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
Physician Assistant Requirements
A grade of C or higher is required in each course.
|PA 6200||Anatomy and Physiology 1||3|
|PA 6201||Anatomy and Physiology 2||3|
|PA 6203||Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 1||3|
|PA 6204||Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 2||3|
|PA 6205||Pharmacology 1||2|
|PA 6206||Pharmacology 2||2|
|PA 6207||Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods||4|
|PA 6208||Professional Issues for Physician Assistants||2|
|PA 6311||Principles of Medicine 1||4|
|PA 6312||Principles of Medicine 2||4|
|PA 6313||Principles of Medicine 3||4|
|PA 6320||Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology||2|
|PA 6321||Principles of Surgery||2|
|PA 6322||Principles of Orthopedics||2|
|PA 6323||Clinical Neurology||2|
|PA 6324||Principles of Pediatrics||2|
|PA 6325||Principles of Psychiatry||2|
|PA 6326||Aspects of Primary Care||4|
|PA 6327||Emergency Medicine and Critical Care||2|
|PA 6328||Aging and Rehabilitation Medicine||2|
|PA 6400||Applied Study in Medicine||5|
|PA 6401||Applied Study in Ambulatory Medicine||5|
|PA 6402||Applied Study in Family Practice||5|
|PA 6403||Applied Study in Emergency Medicine||5|
|PA 6404||Applied Study in Obstetrics and Gynecology||5|
|PA 6405||Applied Study in Pediatrics||5|
|PA 6406||Applied Study in Surgery||5|
|PA 6407||Applied Study in Mental Health||5|
Master's of Public Health Requirements
A grade of B– or higher is required in each course.
|PHTH 5120||Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States||3|
|PHTH 5202||Introduction to Epidemiology||3|
|PHTH 5210||Biostatistics in Public Health||3|
|PHTH 5212||Public Health Administration and Policy||3|
|PHTH 5214||Environmental Health||3|
|PHTH 5232||Evaluating Healthcare Quality||3|
|PHTH 5540||Health Education and Program Planning||3|
|PHTH 6200||Principles and History of Urban Health||3|
|PHTH 6204||Society, Behavior, and Health||3|
|PHTH 6208||Urban Community Health Assessment||3|
|PHTH 6910||Public Health Capstone||3|
|Complete 3 semester hours of approved elective course work.||3|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
133 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required