The PA/MPH joint degree program at Yale University School of Medicine affords individuals interested in pursuing clinical and public health training a unique opportunity to complete both degree programs in 39 months. The goal of this program is to expose students to the core competencies requisite to shape both local and global health systems as physician assistants and policy makers.
The application deadline for the Physician Associate Program is October 1, while the School of Public Health deadline is January 15. Individuals interested in the joint degree program should apply to the PA Program and the School of Public Health as early as possible. For individuals granted an interview with the PA Program, the School of Public Health will expedite the review of your application so you will learn if you are accepted to both programs by the end of January.
CurriculumStudents must choose the area of academic concentration for the public health portion of their training. The four areas of specialization include Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Health Policy (capstone project required).
If admitted to both programs, students begin at YSPH completing their first two semesters and fulfilling their public health practicum requirement in the summer. In the second year, students matriculate at the PA Program for their didactic year. The third year is split between YSPH and the PA Program. During this timeframe students complete their MPH thesis and clinical rotations. And finally, in the fourth year students complete clinical rotations and graduate in December. For further details regarding the course work and schedules, please contact the PA Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) does not accredit the Public Health curriculum associated with the PA/MPH joint degree. The MPH curriculum is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Fees and Financial Aid
All tuition and fees are billed to the student by the corresponding school during matriculation. The estimated budgeted cost of attendance and information regarding financial support can be found here: