Public Health and Public Policy (MPH/MPP)

The Department of Health Management & Policy (HMP) in the School of Public Health (SPH) and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy offer a dual degree program, leading to the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Note that this Rackham-approved dual degree is between the HMP department and the Ford School only. Students who wish to pursue an MPH in another SPH department should consult with both schools about the possibility of pursuing a Student-Initiated Dual Degree program.

Program Overview

Students are able to pursue concurrent work in health services administration and public policy studies. In each program, students learn to apply the skills of policy analysis in the health care setting, including application of analytical skills to the organization, financing, monitoring, and evaluation of the health care sector.

Course of Study

The program can be completed in three years and each requires a summer internship or field placement. During year one of the combined program, the student is required to complete the first year sequence of courses in either program. In the first summer, the student works on the required internship for one of the programs. In the second year, the other school's first year sequence must be completed. The second internship for the other program is completed in the next summer. In year three, the student will attend courses in both programs.

Degree Requirements

Students must satisfy the degree requirements of each school and should consult with their advisor about graduation requirements for each degree.

Number of Credits* Credits must include
Minimum credit hours required for MPP program 39 Core Coursework +10 PubPol credit hours + 3 cognate
Minimum credit hours required for MPH program 43 Required Curriculum
Total credit hours required for dual degree: 82

*Credit hours listed reflect reduction of minimum hours from each program

MPP non-credit requirement:
Students must complete a 10 week summer internship in a policy-related position

Please note:

  • Joint degree MPH/MPP students may waive (without petitioning) Statistics (PubPol 529) based on successful completion (B- or higher) of Biostat 503 (Introduction to Biostatistics) or Biostat 553 (Applied Biostatistics).
  • No credit is awarded for core courses successfully waived by passing waiver exams; credit must be earned with PubPol electives.
  • Dual degree students will be required to complete at least one PubPol 638: Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) in their first or second year. All MPP students, including dual degrees, have the option of completing a second IPE or enrolling in PubPol 778: Project Skills Workshop to complete the requirement. Learn more about the Integrated Policy exercise and this requirement.

Please contact the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health for additional information about program requirements beyond the core curriculum.

Please see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies for additional dual/joint degree information requirements.

Admission Requirements

Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. An application fee must accompany each application.

The combined degree program is not open to students who have already earned the MPP or MPH degree; however, students registered in the first year of either program may apply for admission to the joint program in the fall term.


For more information or an application, please contact:

The Ford School of Public Policy
Office of Student and Academic Services
2236 Weill Hall
Phone: (734) 764-0453
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The School of Public Health
Office of Academic Affairs
University of Michigan School of Public Health
1415 Washington Heights, 1700 SPH I
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Phone: (734) 764-5425