Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Physical Therapy

About Arcadia’s Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Physical Therapy

With dual degrees, students gain knowledge in two fields as they prepare for their professional careers.

Arcadia’s College of Health Sciences has nationally recognized health care, science and business programs that make the world a laboratory by providing real-world, integrative learning experiences. Graduate programs use evidence-based research and project-based learning to prepare health care and business professionals for a rapidly changing global environment. Applied and pro bono clinical research, clinical rotations, international fieldwork, and multicultural assessment are threaded through the curricula. Graduate students also conduct research and publish with expert faculty in many fields.

Dual degree candidates must be accepted into each of the programs in order to pursue dual degrees: Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.).

Physical therapy is a health care profession whose practitioners evaluate, treat and instruct individuals in order to prevent or overcome the effects of disease or injury. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings, including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient centers, individual homes, skilled nursing facilities and public school systems. Physical therapists also work as educators, researchers and consultants. Physical therapy is an integral part of today’s changing health care system, and a dual degree in Public Health can prepare therapists to address both individual needs and community-based issues.

Arcadia’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program, where students enter with a bachelor’s degree and prerequisites, is ranked 14th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

This three-year dual degree program requires students to complete a total of 153 credits and is a year-round program where students earn 111 credits for the D.P.T. program and 42 credits for the M.P.H. program.


  • Martha E. Eastlack, PT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Entry-Level Physical Therapy Admissions
  • Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Ph.D., M.A., MCHES, Professor and Director of Community & Global Public Health Programs


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