Physician Assistant, M.M.S. & Public Health, M.P.H. Dual Degree

Saint Louis University's Master of Public Health and Physician Assistant Master of Medical Science dual-degree program is a collaboration between the College for Public Health and Social Justice and the Doisy College of Health Sciences Department of Clinical Health Sciences.

Pursuing the two degrees together as a dual degree allows students to complete both degrees in an accelerated fashion as compared to completing them separately or sequentially. Students in the dual degree focus first on the M.P.H., taking three consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring) devoted entirely to M.P.H. coursework. Then, students shift their focus to their M.M.S. studies within the Doisy College of Health Sciences. Nine credit hours of coursework in the M.M.S. curriculum also count as elective credits towards completion of the M.P.H. degree, providing the credit efficiency that allows students to complete both degrees in 3.5 academic years. Students interested in earning the MPH/MMS dual degree apply separately to both programs prior to starting either one.

Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Physician Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).

For additional information see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Physician Assistant, M.M.S.​

Public Health, M.P.H.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the admission requirements and be admitted into both degree programs according to the processes of each of the participating academic units in order to pursue a dual degree program. 

Individuals may apply to the M.P.H. degree program concurrently with application to or following their admission to the Doisy College of Health Sciences; however, admission to the dual degree program is contingent upon admission to both the M.P.H. and the M.M.S. degree programs.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For more information about student loans, please visit the financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid/index.php.

Accreditation

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
12000 Findley Road, Suite 150
Johns Creek, GA 30097
770-476-1224
http://www.arc-pa.org

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Saint Louis University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.

The College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

CEPH-Seal

Most recent CEPH Self-Study - July 2016

Self-Study

Contact Us

For additional admission questions please contact,

Julie Miller (for Physician Assistant information)
Recruitment Specialist - Doisy College of Health Sciences
314-977-2570
dchs@health.slu.edu

Bernard Backer (for MPH information)
Director of Graduate Admissions - College of  Public Health and Social Justice
314-977-8144
bernard.backer@slu.edu

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
SummerCredits
PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 2
PUBH 5930 Special Topics 3
 Credits5
Fall
HMP 5000 Health Care Organization 3
HMP 5300 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
HMP 5500 Health Policy 3
PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
PUBH 5060 Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health 2
PUBH 5070 Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice 3
 Credits17
Spring
HCE 5020 Ethical Issues in Public Health 2
PUBH 5040 Generating Evidence from Public Health Data 3
PUBH 5910 Practice Experience in Public Health 3
PUBH 5950 Special Study for Examinations 0
PUBH 5960 Capstone in Public Health Practice 3
 Credits11
Year Two
Fall
BLS 5125 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Medicine 3
PAED 5010 Professional & Psychosocial Issues of Physician Assistant Practice 3
PAED 5040 Physiology 4
PAED 5070 Principles of the Medical Interview 2
PAED 5120 Hematology Fundamentals 2
PAED 5150 Clinical Pharmacology I 2
PAED 5300 Evidence-Based Medicine 2
 Credits18
Spring
ANAT 5050 Human Gross Anatomy 6
PAED 5110 Dermatology Fundamentals 2
PAED 5130 Otorhinolaryngology and Ophthalmology Fundamentals 3
PAED 5310 Orthopedics and Rheumatology Fundamentals 3
PAED 5320 Neurology Fundamentals 3
 Credits17
Year Three
Summer
PAED 5201 Clinical Pharmacology II A 1
PAED 5211 Pulmonary Fundamentals I 2
PAED 5221 Cardiovascular Fundamentals I 2
PAED 5230 Gastroenterology Fundamentals 3
 Credits8
Fall
PAED 5202 Clinical Pharmacology II B 1
PAED 5212 Pulmonary Fundamentals II 1
PAED 5222 Cardiovascular Fundamentals II 2
PAED 5240 Nephrology and Genitourinary Fundamentals 3
PAED 5250 Endocrinology Fundamentals 3
PAED 5330 Essentials of Surgery 2
PAED 5340 Essentials of Emergency Medicine 2
PAED 5360 Essentials of Pediatrics 2
PAED 5370 Essentials of Behavioral Medicine 2
PAED 5380 Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2
 Credits20
Spring
PAED 5400 Clinical: Internal Medicine 4
PAED 5420 Clinical: Family Medicine 4
PAED 5510 Clinical: General Surgery 4
PAED 5800 Clinical: Emergency Medicine 4
PAED 6000 Graduate Seminar 1
 Credits17
Year Four
Fall
PAED 5600 Clinical: Pediatrics 3
PAED 5700 Clinical: Behavioral Medicine 3
PAED 5750 Clinical: Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health 3
PAED 5860 Clinical: Evidence-Based Medicine Clerkship 4
PAED 5930 Clinical: Elective 4
PAED 6000Graduate Seminar 1
 Credits18
 Total Credits131

Program Notes: Extended Spring semesters run from early January through late June and extended Fall semesters run from late June through December. Also, the nine credit hours of coursework taken from the MMS courses PAED 5010, PAED 5070, PAED 5300 and PAED 6000 (x2) also count as elective credits towards the student's MPH degree.

The final semester of dedicated MPH coursework may extend into the summer months prior to the beginning of the MMS coursework as students complete the Practice Experience in Public Health (PUBH 5910).