The School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (SBOS) 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.
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:
Submit your application through the SOPHAS portal. SOPHAS is a service of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, which represents the CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. You will not be required to submit an additional application to CGU directly; submission through the SOPHAS portal is all that is required.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended (SBOS). SCGH requires transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions
An official GRE score report sent from ETS, the Educational Testing Service
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.
Questions regarding the dual degree should be directed to: