About the Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Physical Therapy
The DPT-MPH is a joint degree consisting of both the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Physical therapy practice has traditionally been seen as rehabilitation or tertiary prevention. In the evolving healthcare environment, physical therapy practice is expanding into primary and secondary prevention activities as well. As physical therapists’ roles and responsibilities have increased, so have their educational horizons. The combined DPT-MPH degree will enable future physical therapists to become leaders in health promotion and health policy, and impact healthcare in innovative ways both domestically and internationally.
Arcadia’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program, where students enter with a bachelor’s degree and prerequisites, is ranked 20th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Arcadia’s MPH in Community Health is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and draws students from across the country who are pursuing various dual degrees. The MPH offers future clinicians the opportunity to fully understand the policy, socio-environmental, and healthcare systems frameworks within which they will be clinical practitioners, enhancing their clinical approach and allowing for transitions into research, advocacy and/or management roles.
The Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Community Health trains graduates to engage with communities to advancing health and empower individuals, families, and communities to improve their health. It provides training in foundations of public health and health behavior, health equity, program planning and evaluation, research methods and quantitative approaches in public health (epidemiology and biostatistics. Students apply this knowledge in their culminating capstone research and internship experiences which emphasize global perspectives and multidisciplinary approaches to social justice, health equity, and community advocacy.
Students applying for admission to the dual degree program in Public Health and Physical Therapy need to meet the DPT Program admission requirements and write an additional three essays for the MPH Program. For the MPH Program, knowledge of the Public Health profession through work or volunteer experience.
Complete the following additional essay questions on the PTCAS application pages for the MPH program. Each essay response should be at least 250 words.
Describe yourself including perceptions of your strengths and weaknesses.
Explain your reasons for wanting to pursue an MPH degree. Please include career goals and how you think public health will enhance your potential as a health professional.
Describe any work or volunteer community health-related experience you have had, including international experiences and work with refugee or immigrant populations within the U.S.
Tuition and fees for the dual degree program are billed in equal increments over the program’s nine semesters.
Financial aid is available to assist qualified students in covering tuition and related expenses, as well as living costs. Upon review for admission, students are automatically considered for merit scholarships and graduate assistantships based on their academic records upon applying for admission to the program.
For information on scholarships, graduate assistantships and student loans, visit Financial Aid.