MSSP/Master of Public Health (MPH)

The MSSP/MPH degree is designed to be completed in 2 years as a full time student.

The MSSP/MPH will prepare graduates for leadership positions in:

  • Understanding how decisions about social and health policy issues are made, shaped and influenced at local, state, national and global levels;
  • Careers in health services research and health policy research in academic, government, community, and industry settings;
  • Formulating a social reform agenda that is evidence-based and aims at improving the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of health policy creation and implementation; and
  • Generating and considering a wide array of policy options to address social and health problems.

Application Process

Students apply to the MPH and the MSSP simultaneously fulfilling the application requirements for each degree program and indicating an interest in the MSSP/MPH. Upon acceptance into the MPH and MSSP the applicant will be admitted to the dual degree program. Students may use the same letters of recommendation providing the referees address the dual degree interests.

Degree Completion Requirements

In order for a student to receive both degrees, they must complete the independent degree requirements for each program for a total of 18 cu’s. For the MPH portion of the degree there are 14 cu’s required and students must complete the MPH core classes with 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 507, 508, 509, and a required fieldwork experience (125 hours). Students will take MSSP 629 in lieu of the core PUBH 506. The MPH program will accept 3 cu’s from the MSSP core as elective credit. Examples of courses which will be counted as MPH electives include: MSSP 628, MSSP 631, MSSP 668, MSSP 897. The remaining two MPH electives will be selected from the wide array of PUBH-prefix electives to fulfill a residency requirement of 10 cu’s taken within the MPH program.

For the MSSP students much complete 10 cu’s. PUBH 501 will be taken in the first semester in place of MSSP 630 to fulfill the quantitative reasoning requirement. PUBH 502 and PUBH 504 will count as elective credit toward the MSSP. Every effort will be made to identify a policy research internship which will also fulfill the MPH fieldwork requirements.

Students with questions about the MSSP/MPH program can address them to the following persons:

Moriah Hall, MPH
Associate Director, MPH Program
3620 Hamilton Walk, Anatomy Chemistry Building, Room 141
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-573-8841
moriahh@mail.med.upenn.edu