The objective of the MBA/Master of Public Health Dual Degree Program is to educate a small number of students who will become national leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship in the health care sector, ranging from the development and diffusion of new products to the management of health care delivery systems. Students who combine their MBA and MPH degrees will have the opportunity to work with faculty from the Darden Business School, Department of Public Health Sciences, and School of Medicine, to focus on the management of health-care-related businesses and models for addressing health. Foci can include health care delivery systems, biotechnology, medical devices, translational research, health policy, and regulation.
The MBA/MPH Program will be administered by one member of the Darden faculty and one member of the GSAS, Department of Public Health Sciences faculty, as designated by the respective Deans of each school. The responsibilities of these faculty members consist of development and application of admission criteria to the dual degree program, coordination of the curricula for the students, resolution of problems that arise, reconciliation of course and examination conflicts, and promotion of dual offerings by the two schools where that is desired. The two faculty members will constitute the MBA/MPH Program Committee.
Students must first be admitted to the Darden School and the MPH program through their normal admission processes. Once the student is admitted to both programs, the student must be accepted for the Dual Degree Program by the Dual Degree Program’s program committee. Admission to a Dual Degree Program should occur prior to matriculation.
MPH students must complete all requirements for the MPH degree and 52.5 credit hours of course work in the Darden School, including the entire First-Year Program. (Normally, the MBA requires 60 credit hours.) The dual degree will generally require three years including two summers to complete.
Students in this program will be expected to use their elective courses to develop depth in areas that reflect their dual degree educational objectives and career interests.
Each student will submit to the MBA/MPH Program Committee a program of study that outlines how the degree requirements of each school will be met. The student must also present a rationale regarding how his or her dual degree educational objective will be achieved with the planned set and sequence of courses.