A Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Health (MPH) can be combined into a fast-track dual degree at several locations in California. This specialized degree will give you the tools you need to succeed in health services. Listed below are three universities in California that combine the two graduate degrees.
Schools in California Offering MBA-MPH Dual Degree Programs
University of California, Berkeley
At UC Berkeley, the Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health offer the combined MBA/MPH program resulting in an MBA in Health Management and Innovation and an MPH in Health Policy and Management. Rather than finish both degrees separately, which would take about five years, this combination of master's degrees reduces your total academic commitment to two and a half years. The MBA is 45 units while the MPH requires 32 units. As part of the MPH, you'll complete an internship and a master's capstone project. Some of the course topics you could study include healthcare innovation, public health communication, and economics in public health.
University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health houses the Public Health MPH/Management MBA dual degree. This track, coordinated with the Anderson Graduate School of Management, will last for three years. The MPH at UCLA allows you to choose from several different specializations, including health policy or health management. Over in the MBA, you could take courses that study business forecasting and innovation in medical technology. This combined program requires students to coordinate their schedule between the Fielding School and the Anderson School.
Two schools at Claremont University (the School of Community Health and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management) combine to create the MBA/MPH program. This program takes a total of three years to complete, and courses start in every season except winter. A total of six different concentration areas are available for prospective students:
- Leadership and management
- Global management
Over a dozen faculty members, each with unique research areas, are available for mentors.
Admissions Requirements for MBA-MPH Dual Degree Programs in California
Because of the specialized nature of the program, each university requests you get in touch with admissions to determine the best route for your academic career. Typically, though, you will submit transcripts from your previous schools to the graduate admissions department where you plan to apply. An undergraduate degree is required for admission into any MBA or MPH program. Some schools require a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during undergraduate coursework before admission into a graduate degree program is considered. Letters of recommendation, written by instructors most familiar with your previous academic or professional work, should be sent to each school where you are applying. You'll need a resume/CV as well, which can detail your professional history and any extracurricular activities you think would benefit your application. Check each school's admissions page to determine its application fee before submitting.
MBA-MPH dual degrees are somewhat limited in California, but the available programs will save you plenty of time if you decide to earn two degrees. You can choose from many specialization and customization options after an offer of admission.