Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Physical Therapy
About Arcadia’s Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Physical Therapy
With dual degrees, students gain knowledge in two fields as they prepare for their professional careers.
Arcadia’s College of Health Sciences has nationally recognized health care, science and business programs that make the world a laboratory by providing real-world, integrative learning experiences. Graduate programs use evidence-based research and project-based learning to prepare health care and business professionals for a rapidly changing global environment. Applied and pro bono clinical research, clinical rotations, international fieldwork, and multicultural assessment are threaded through the curricula. Graduate students also conduct research and publish with expert faculty in many fields.
Dual degree candidates must be accepted into each of the programs in order to pursue dual degrees: Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.).
Physical therapy is a health care profession whose practitioners evaluate, treat and instruct individuals in order to prevent or overcome the effects of disease or injury. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings, including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient centers, individual homes, skilled nursing facilities and public school systems. Physical therapists also work as educators, researchers and consultants.
Arcadia’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program, where students enter with a bachelor’s degree and prerequisites, is ranked 14th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
The Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Community Health trains graduates to work effectively as public health professionals in a wide array of health-related organizations. It provides training in public health focusing on the health needs of communities and populations domestically and internationally. The core curriculum includes the five core areas of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and health care administration), an internship and capstone that prepare graduates to work as program planners, researchers, evaluators, and educators.
The dual-degree program enables graduates to apply both their public health and clinical skills within diverse work settings. The MPH trains professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research and practice in a global environment.
This three-year dual degree program requires students to complete a total of 153 credits and is a year-round program where students earn 111 credits for the D.P.T. program and 42 credits for the M.P.H. program.
- Martha E. Eastlack, PT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Entry-Level Physical Therapy Admissions
- Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Ph.D., M.A., MCHES, Professor and Director of Community & Global Public Health Programs