Masters of Public Health (MPH)/Masters in Applied Psychology (MA) Dual Degree

Overview

The Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (DBOS) along with the School of Community and Global Health (SCGH) of Claremont Graduate University offer a dual degree program designed for individuals who envision a career in psychology that combines public heath principles. The psychology program emphasizes the application of social science knowledge, concepts, and methods to important social issues through research and practice. Students explore the significant contribution of psychology to the understanding and amelioration of social problems and to the formulation of public policy. The MPH program provides increased knowledge of and sensitivity to the political, historical, economic, and social environments of health promotion and health services delivery. Core courses in public health include health administration and planning, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health education and global health issues. A dual degree program in which students earn both an MA in applied psychology and an MPH provides a major advantage with respect to credentials and to the skills necessary to conduct research concerning behavioral risk factors and to evaluate behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes among diverse populations.

Curriculum

Students are required to complete 64 consisting of 20 courses. Full time students can complete the program in as few as five semesters and will be enrolled in fall and spring semesters (16 units or less per semester). Part-time study is also available.

Students admitted to the dual degree program will take a combination of psychology and public health courses each semester. As part of the MA coursework, students may pursue a concentration in health behavior research while MPH students select an emphasis in health promotion, education and evaluation. The combination of core courses will enable students to learn and to practice being a collaborative leader of change in their current or future work environments either internally within their organizations or externally with other institutions or the community. The nature of the dual degree program allows students to develop and integrate knowledge and skills across these fields more efficiently.

Career Opportunities

Knowledge of public health principles, combined with completion of the MA degree, widens the career options for individuals in both public health and health care. Students graduate as professionals with the unique ability to draw from both credentials. Graduates may be employed in a wide range of positions in public, private, or academic settings. The MPH degree offers the psychologist a significant advantage when seeking jobs that involve planning and managing health systems and performing behavioral health research.

Applying to the Dual Degree Program

Students must apply to and be accepted into each school separately in order to be eligible for a dual degree. Applicants must request application materials from both schools. Admission decisions for the concurrent program are made by separate committees at each school. Applicants must be granted admission to both schools to be admitted to the dual degree program. The following documents are required:

• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
• Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended (DBOS). SCGH requires transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions
• A completed and signed application for admission to CGU, plus application fee if applicable
• An official GRE score report sent from ETS, the Educational Testing Service
• Current resume or CV
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
• Personal Statement

CGU students within their first 16 units of coursework for either the MA or MPH degree program may submit an application to be accepted as a candidate for the other degree. However, because each School has its own entrance requirements, a student already enrolled in one program is not automatically guaranteed admission to the other program.

Contact Us

Questions regarding the dual degree should be directed to:

School of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences
career.advisor@cgu.edu or (909) 607-0878