PA/MPH Joint Degree Program

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.

Applicants must apply to and be accepted to both the PA Program and the Yale School of Public Health during the same admissions cycle (April 15 - January 15 of each year). Individuals interested in the joint degree program should apply to the PA Program and the School of Public Health as early as possible.


Students 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


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: