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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 - December 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.

Curriculum Timeline

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).

Year 1: For the first three semesters (fall/spring/summer) students enroll in the School of Public Health MPH program.
Year 2: For the next three semesters (fall/spring/summer) students enroll in the Yale School of Medicine PA program.
Year 3: The third year is split between YSPH and the PA Program. During this timeframe students complete their MPH thesis and clinical rotations.
Year 4: In the fall, students are enrolled in The School of Medicine PA Program. Both the Master of Medical Science Degree, and the Master of Public Health Degree are conferred in December.

The registrar enrolls the student for each term as they move through the curriculum sequence. Financial Aid and Tuition are set based on the school where the student is enrolled.

Contact Information

For additional information on applying to the PA program visit our admissions page or email For additional information on applying to the MPH program visit the YSPH admissions website or email


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: