Public Health / Physician Assistant

About the Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Physician Assistant

With the dual degree program in Public Health and Physician Assistant, you can prepare for a leadership role in meeting community health care needs. This dual degree offers a synergistic integration of individual patient management with health promotion and disease prevention affecting local communities and global populations. Dual-degree candidates must be accepted into each of the programs in order to pursue dual degrees:

  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
    • Focuses on population health
    • Includes the disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics
    • In-depth fieldwork thesis project oriented toward a student’s primary area of research interest
  • Master of Medical Science—Physician Assistant (M.M.S.)
    Designed to produce physician assistants well-equipped to deliver high-quality, cost-effective primary healthcare in a wide variety of settings, including: 
    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Physicians’ offices
    • Other community settings

Arcadia has one of the largest Physician Assistant programs in the nation, with campuses in Glenside, Pa., and Christiana, Del. As a student in the dual M.P.H./M.M.S.—Physician Assistant program, you will have access to the region’s medical communities with diverse clinical experiences and opportunities for service learning in international settings.

Students will work towards their M.P.H. degree at Arcadia's Glenside, Pa. campus during the first year. Years two and three encompass the physician assistant studies and may be completed at either the Christiana, Del. or Glenside, Pa. campus at the program's discretion. 

Applicants invited to interview for a place in the program are evaluated by both Physician Assistant and Public Health faculty.