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Dual Degree Opportunities

Students interested in global health have the unique opportunity to simultaneously pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH), plus a Master of Arts (MA) degree focused on building foreign language and international area studies expertise.

The following MPH dual degree master’s programs have been designed to incorporate an MPH with a concentration in Behavioral, Social, and Community Health - and - an MA:

The dual degrees allow students to earn two master’s degrees simultaneously, with fewer required credits than the stated credit hour totals of the two programs taken separately. This is achieved by aligning common required courses and electives across the two degrees, through a formal agreement between the two academic units. For more general information about how dual degrees function, please see the SPH Academic Bulletin

MPH-MA in African Studies

This program takes advantage of the ability for students to specialize on African-related public health issues in a way that enables specific coursework to be simultaneously counted toward elective and research requirements for both degrees.

The dual degree pairs MPH studies with a Behavioral, Social and Community Health Concentration (BSCH) with a Master of Arts in African Studies, offered by the African Studies Program within the College of Arts & Sciences: http://www.indiana.edu/~afrist/

This 67 credit dual degree program provides for each student to complete the minimum requirements for each degree independently (with 43 credits counting toward the MPH degree and 24 credits plus 6 credits of language counting toward the MA degree).

Students pursuing the dual degrees will be required to select readings, independent research projects, and internships that are focused on issues related to public health in African countries. The instructor of such credit generating mechanisms within each academic unit will help students select appropriate courses and experiences.

This option requires the completion of a master’s thesis specific to the MA in African Studies degree. The student will complete a single thesis that will fulfill the requirements of both programs. As the MPH program does not offer a thesis option, the thesis process will be administered by the African Studies program in accordance with their established policies and procedures. In addition to other members, a dual degree student’s thesis committee will have two co-Chairs, one representing each of the two academic programs, in order to ensure that the thesis project adequately fulfills the topical expectations of both programs. Both faculties retain the right to make admissions decisions based upon the extent to which faculty are available to serves as the co-Chairs of a thesis project.

Students interested in pursuing the dual degrees will submit written notice of their intent to pursue the dual degrees to the Director, African Studies Program and the Coordinator, Master of Public Health program. Students will submit full applications for admission to both graduate programs using existing systems. A prospective dual degree student must be admitted to both degree programs by the faculty of that program using existing systems; this may occur via simultaneous application for admission to both programs or a student may pursue the second degree after matriculating into one of the two degree programs.

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MPH-MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

This dual degree program takes advantage of the ability of students to specialize in Latin American and Caribbean-related public health issues in a way that enables specific coursework to be simultaneously counted toward elective and research requirements for both degrees.

The dual degree pairs MPH studies with a Behavioral, Social and Community Health Concentration (BSCH) with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies offered by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) within the College of Arts & Sciences:
http://www.iub.edu/~clacs/

This 64 credit dual degree program provides for each student to complete the minimum requirements for each degree independently, with 43 credits counting toward the MPH degree and 21 credits counting toward the MA degree.

Students pursuing the dual degrees will be required to select readings and independent research projects that are focused on issues related to public health in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The instructor of such credit generating mechanisms within each academic unit will help students to select appropriate courses. The public health internship must be focused on issues related to public health in the Latin American and Caribbean region and must be jointly approved by the respective academic advisor in each degree program.

Students in this program will not be required to complete a master’s thesis in connection to the MPH requirements, but students have the option to complete a master’s thesis (or one of the other 2 options of a research paper or final essays) to fulfill CLACS requirements. As the MPH students are not required to complete a thesis, the thesis process, if chosen, will be administered by the Latin American and Caribbean program in accordance with their established policies and procedures. The student’s thesis committee must include a representative from each academic unit. Refer to further thesis requirements under CLACS.

Students interested in pursuing the dual degree will submit written notice of their intent to pursue the dual degrees to the Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Director of Public Health Programs in the School of Public Health-Bloomington. Students will submit full applications for admission to both graduate programs using existing systems. A prospective dual degree student must be admitted to both degree programs by the faculty of that program using existing admissions systems; this may occur via simultaneous application for admission to both programs, or a student may apply for the second degree no later than one year after matriculating into one of the two degree programs.

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MPH-MA in Russian and East European Area Studies

This dual degree program takes advantage of the ability for students to specialize in Russian and Eastern European-related public health issues in a way that enables specific coursework to be simultaneously counted toward elective and research requirements for both degrees. 

The dual degree pairs MPH studies with a Behavioral, Social and Community Health Concentration (BSCH) with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Russian and East European Area Studies offered by the Russian and East European Institute (REEI) within the College of Arts & Sciences: http://www.iub.edu/~reeiweb/

This 57 credit dual degree program provides for each student to complete the minimum requirements for each degree independently, with 43 (37 in HPER, 6 in REEI) credits counting toward the MPH degree and 30 (20 in the College of Arts and Sciences) credits counting toward the MA degree.

Students pursuing the dual degrees will be required to select readings and independent research projects that are focused on issues related to public health in the Russian and East European region. The instructor of such credit generating mechanisms within each academic unit will help students to select appropriate courses. The public health internship must be focused on issues related to public health in the Russian and East European region and must be jointly approved by the respective academic advisor in each degree program.

This option requires the completion of a master’s essay. The student will complete a single master’s essay that will fulfill the requirements of both programs. As the MPH program does not offer a master’s essay option, the master’s essay process will be administered by the Russian and Eastern European program in accordance with their established policies and procedures. In addition to other members, a dual degree student’s master’s essay committee will have two co-Chairs, one representing each of the two academic programs, in order to ensure that the master’s essay project adequately fulfills the topical expectations of both programs. Both faculties retain the right to make admissions decisions based upon the extent to which faculty are available to serve as the co-Chairs of a master’s essay project.

Students interested in pursuing the dual degree will submit written notice of their intent to pursue the dual degrees to the Director, Russian and East European Institute and the Coordinator, Master of Public Health program. Students will submit full applications for admission to both graduate programs using existing systems. A prospective dual degree student must be admitted to both degree programs by the faculty of that program using existing systems; this may occur via simultaneous application for admission to both programs or a student may pursue the second degree after matriculating into one of the two degree programs.

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MPH-JD

The faculty of the Maurer School of Law has agreed to reduce the minimum total number of credits required for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from 88 to 79 for a student who has earned an M.P.H. degree from the School of Public Health - Bloomington in any of the eight available MPH concentrations. Information about the joint degree program can be found here: http://www.law.indiana.edu/degrees/joint/

Master of Public Health degree specializations

Behavioral, Social, and Community Health M.P.H. degree

Degree Requirement Summary for students beginning at IUB in the summer of 2012 or after

Biostatistics M.P.H. degree

Degree Requirement Summary for students beginning at IUB in the summer of 2012 or after

Environmental Health M.P.H. degree

Degree Requirement Summary for students beginning at IUB in the summer of 2012 or after

Epidemiology M.P.H. degree

Degree Requirement Summary for students beginning at IUB in the summer of 2012 or after

Family Health M.P.H. degree

Degree Requirement Summary for students beginning at IUB in the summer of 2013 or after

Physical Activity M.P.H. degree

Degree Requirement Summary for students beginning at IUB in the summer of 2013 or after

Professional Health Education M.P.H. degree

Degree Requirement Summary for students beginning at IUB in the summer of 2013 or after

Public Health Administration M.P.H. degree

Degree Requirement Summary for students beginning at IUB in the summer of 2012 or after

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