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 MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

Since its inception in 2007, 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 United States' 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

Didactic Courses
PA 6200Anatomy and Physiology 13
PA 6201Anatomy and Physiology 23
PA 6203Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 13
PA 6204Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 23
PA 6205Pharmacology 12
PA 6206Pharmacology 22
PA 6207Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods4
PA 6208Professional Issues for Physician Assistants2
PA 6311Principles of Medicine 14
PA 6312Principles of Medicine 24
PA 6313Principles of Medicine 34
PA 6320Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology2
PA 6321Principles of Surgery2
PA 6322Principles of Orthopedics2
PA 6323Clinical Neurology2
PA 6324Principles of Pediatrics2
PA 6325Principles of Psychiatry2
PA 6326Aspects of Primary Care4
PA 6327Emergency Medicine and Critical Care2
PA 6328Aging and Rehabilitation Medicine2
Clinical Courses
PA 6400Applied Study in Medicine5
PA 6401Applied Study in Ambulatory Medicine5
PA 6402Applied Study in Family Practice5
PA 6403Applied Study in Emergency Medicine5
PA 6404Applied Study in Obstetrics and Gynecology5
PA 6405Applied Study in Pediatrics5
PA 6406Applied Study in Surgery5
PA 6407Applied Study in Mental Health5

Master's of Public Health Requirements

A grade of B– or higher is required in each course.

PHTH 5210Biostatistics in Public Health3
PHTH 5214Environmental Health3
PHTH 5202Epidemiology3,4
PHTH 5212Public Health Administration and Policy3
PHTH 1120Society and Health4
PHTH 6200Principles and History of Urban Health3
PHTH 5120Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States3
PHTH 6208Urban Community Health Assessment3
PHTH 6966Practicum1-4
PHTH 6910Public Health Capstone3
Complete 5–9 semester hours from the following:5-9
Health Advocacy
Social Epidemiology
Strategic Management and Leadership in Healthcare
Advances in Measuring Behavior
Global Health
Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
Health Education and Program Planning
Directed Study
Intermediate Epidemiology
Applied Regression Analysis
Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness
Principles of Population Health 1
Principles of Population Health 2
Advanced Methods in Biostatistics

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

133 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required