Public Policy & Public Health

The MPPA/MPH program equips students with the skills needed to conduct effective health policy analysis; understand organizational processes within the health sector; develop policy-based approaches to address issues of public health importance; and translate complex public health policies for a lay audience.

Students enrolled in dual degree programs may begin their studies in either program. It is best to complete a full year in one program before beginning the second program. In the second year students will fulfill the core requirements of the other program. During the third year of study students fulfill the remaining requirements of both programs.

In addition to the course requirements, SPP requires students to complete a full-time 10-week internship with a public policy or management focus and MPH students are required to complete a practicum experience. With the approval of both programs, dual degree students are able to complete their internship and practicum experiences simultaneously.

Sample Program Timetable

Fall Spring Summer  
Year 1 MPH curriculum MPH curriculum Supervised public health field training internship of 200 hours
Year 2 MPPA curriculum MPPA curriculum MPPA summer internship (10 weeks full time)
Year 3 MPPA curriculum MPPA capstone and MPH curriculum  

To Apply

While applicants must meet each program's own admission standards, students only need to submit one application to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students already enrolled in one of the programs can apply to the other program during their first year to matriculate as a dual-degree MPPA/MPH candidate. Click here for more information about SPP's admissions requirements.


February 1: Applications must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office to receive priority consideration for graduate assistantship funding from SPP.

For More Information

Satu Zoller
Associate Director for Academic Programs
School of Public Policy
(413) 545-2714

Michael Begay
Director of the Health Policy and Management Program
Department of Health Policy and Management
(413) 545-1203