The MPH portion of the dual degree is 42 credits and the School of Public Health allows you to transfer up to 14 credits from your DNP curriculum to the MPH, with approval. The remaining 28 credits are taken as a public health student from the School of Public Health.

As a DNP/MPH, you will create and implement evidenced-based interventions to provide quality care that improves the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations. You will learn how to effectively address public health policy problems and influence policy-makers to make change at all levels.

Students may complete the majority of the MPH program taking the required courses online and completing the required applied practice and integrated learning experiences from their location.  Students are encouraged to take electives in person at the Public Health Institute, which is offered for 3 weeks (last week in May and two weeks in June.)   Many electives are also offered online and in person during the academic year.

Students enrolled Fall 2018 or later

The School of Public Health has revised its curriculum across programs and divisions to meet the new guidelines issued by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Students who enroll in Fall 2018 or later will meet the following revised curriculum:

The basic curriculum courses are offered online and on-campus:

  • PubH 6414 Biostatistical Literacy (3 cr and a 1 cr statistical programming course**)   OR   PubH 6450 Biostatistics I (4 cr)
  • PubH 6320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 cr)  OR  PubH Epidemiologic Methods I (3cr)
  • PubH 6250 Foundations of Public Health (2 cr)
  • PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (2 cr)
  • PubH 6102 Issues in Environmental & Occupational Health (2 cr)
  • PubH 6741 Ethics in Pub Hlth: Professional Practice & Policy (1 cr)
  • PubH 6751 Principles of Management in Health Services (2 cr)

As a student in the MPH DNP/MPH dual degree program you can choose your graduate elective courses based on your career goals and interests in nursing and public health.

The majority of DNP/MPH students complete elective courses at the Public Health Institute (PHI), which is a 3 week session offered in the last week in May and first weeks in June.

PHI offers on-campus courses on a variety of current topics in a concentrated format. PHI provides course content that emphasizes research to practice with opportunity for field trips, case studies and simulations. It provides a perfect setting to network with other professionals and explore new areas of interest in public health.

Sample of course titles: Globalization & Health; Applied Critical Thinking in the Workforce; Motivational Interviewing: Strategies to Effect Behavioral Change. Over thirty courses are offered over the 3 weeks.

You may attend one to three weeks dependent upon your time and you can complete up to 1 – 7 credits at the PHI. Other elective courses are offered online and oncampus during the fall and spring terms.


The Applied Practice Experience is a hands-on opportunity to implement your public health knowledge and skills in a real-world setting with the goal of demonstrating attainment of at least 5 public health competencies by producing two products.

Since DNP students usually complete many hours of clinical, DNP/MPH dual degree students usually find a nursing clinical that pertains to public health, so those nursing clinical can count as the MPH applied practice experience and transfer to the MPH, with our approval.

For example, DNP/MPH students have been able to transfer their clinical hours completed at the Minnesota Department of Health in the WIC Peer Coordinator and Open Door project departments.


The integrated learning experience is a highly quality written paper that demonstrated your proficiency with the written word and is appropriate for your educational and professional objectives. The paper must address at least 3 public health competencies.

Many DNP programs require a scholarly paper and if it can incorporate a public health perspective and MPH competencies it may qualify to meet the MPH integrated learning experience, with approval.

PHP and MPH FDT Competencies (PDF)

2018-2019 DNP/MPH Curriculum Information (PDF)

2018–2019 Dual and Executive Programs in Public Health Practice Student Guidebook (PDF)

2018–2019 SPH-wide Guidebook (PDF)

Students enrolled prior to Fall 2018

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2018 should follow the requirements that were in place at the time. Please refer to curriculum information in the student guidebook according to the year of your enrollment.

SPH Student Guidebooks Archive

2018 DNP/MPH Advising Worksheet (Excel)

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