Joint Master of Science in Health Sciences in the Field of Physician Assistant and Master of Public Health

Applicants with a strong interest in public health may wish to consider the joint master of science in health sciences (MSHS) in the field of physician assistant and master of public health (MPH) degree program. The three-year program provides both clinical and academic preparation for careers in medicine and public health. Students receive advanced training in the design of health studies, epidemiological methods, application of computers to public health, community medicine, and techniques of health promotion. Students also design a special research project in collaboration with faculty of the Milken Institute School of Public Health and local, national, or international public health organizations.

For the MPH degree, students choose from among the fields of community-oriented primary care, health policy, and epidemiology.  

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the master of science in health sciences in the field of physician assistant and the master of science in health sciences program websites for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 137 credits, including 100 credits in physician assistant courses, 13 credits in MPH core, 10 credits in prevention and community health courses, and 14 credits in community oriented primary care track courses.

Physician Assistant Curriculum 

Required
ANAT 6215Anatomy for Health Sciences Students
PA 6101Clinical Assessment I
PA 6102Clinical Assessment II
PA 6103Clinical Assessment III
PA 6104Integration into Clinical Concepts I
PA 6105Integration into Clinical Concepts II
PA 6106Integration into Clinical Concepts III
PA 6109Foundations of Medicine
PA 6111Evidence Based Practice for PA/MPH Students
PA 6112Clinical Medicine I
PA 6113Clinical Medicine II
PA 6116Clinical Skills I
PA 6117Clinical Skills II
PA 6119Health, Justice, and Society II
PA 6120Human Behavior
PA 6121Clinical Specialties
PA 6122Role of PA in American Health Care
PA 6259Introduction to Clinical Education
PA 6261Inpatient Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6262Primary Care Clinical Practicum
PA 6263Surgical Inpatient Clinical Practicum
PA 6264Women's Health Clinical Practicum
PA 6265Pediatrics Clinical Practicum
PA 6266Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6267Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6268Elective Clinical Practicum I
PA 6300Introduction to Professional Practice
PHAR 6207Basic Principles of Pharmacology
PHAR 6208Pharm in Dis. Pathophysiology
PHYL 6211Physiology for Health Sciences Students

Public Health (Community-Oriented Primary Care) Curriculum

Required
Public health core
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Prevention and community health
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
Community-oriented primary care track
PUBH 6504Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
PUBH 6510Community Oriented Primary Care Principles and Practice
PUBH 6512Community Oriented Primary Care Policy and Issues
PUBH 6513Community Health Management
PUBH 6516Community Health Information Resources
PUBH 6591PA/MPH Clinical Leadership Seminar

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 138 credits, including 100 credits in physician assistant courses, 13 credits in MPH core, 22 credits in environmental health sciences and policy courses, and 3 credits in electives.
 

Physician assistant courses

Required
ANAT 6215Anatomy for Health Sciences Students
PA 6101Clinical Assessment I
PA 6102Clinical Assessment II
PA 6103Clinical Assessment III
PA 6104Integration into Clinical Concepts I
PA 6105Integration into Clinical Concepts II
PA 6106Integration into Clinical Concepts III
PA 6109Foundations of Medicine
PA 6111Evidence Based Practice for PA/MPH Students
PA 6112Clinical Medicine I
PA 6113Clinical Medicine II
PA 6116Clinical Skills I
PA 6117Clinical Skills II
PA 6119Health, Justice, and Society II
PA 6120Human Behavior
PA 6121Clinical Specialties
PA 6122Role of PA in American Health Care
PA 6259Introduction to Clinical Education
PA 6261Inpatient Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6262Primary Care Clinical Practicum
PA 6263Surgical Inpatient Clinical Practicum
PA 6264Women's Health Clinical Practicum
PA 6265Pediatrics Clinical Practicum
PA 6266Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6267Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6268Elective Clinical Practicum I
PA 6300Introduction to Professional Practice
PHAR 6207Basic Principles of Pharmacology
PHAR 6208Pharm in Dis. Pathophysiology
PHYL 6211Physiology for Health Sciences Students

MPH courses

Required
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6126Assessment and Control of Environmental Hazards
PUBH 6122Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Policies, Politics, and Programs
PUBH 6123Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy
PUBH 6124Problem Solving in EOH
PUBH 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6591PA/MPH Clinical Leadership Seminar
Electives
3 credits in SPH courses selected with the advisor's approval.

*The practicum may be cross-credited for PA 6268 Elective Clinical Practicum I with advanced approval by Practicum Director.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 138 credits, including 100 credits in physician assistant courses, 13 credits in MPH core, 18 credits in epidemiology track courses, 4 credits in selective courses, and 3 credits in electives.

Physician Assistant Curriculum

Required
ANAT 6215Anatomy for Health Sciences Students
PA 6101Clinical Assessment I
PA 6102Clinical Assessment II
PA 6103Clinical Assessment III
PA 6104Integration into Clinical Concepts I
PA 6105Integration into Clinical Concepts II
PA 6106Integration into Clinical Concepts III
PA 6109Foundations of Medicine
PA 6112Clinical Medicine I
PA 6113Clinical Medicine II
PA 6116Clinical Skills I
PA 6117Clinical Skills II
PA 6119Health, Justice, and Society II
PA 6120Human Behavior
PA 6121Clinical Specialties
PA 6122Role of PA in American Health Care
PA 6259Introduction to Clinical Education
PA 6261Inpatient Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6262Primary Care Clinical Practicum
PA 6263Surgical Inpatient Clinical Practicum
PA 6264Women's Health Clinical Practicum
PA 6265Pediatrics Clinical Practicum
PA 6266Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6267Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6268Elective Clinical Practicum I
PA 6300Introduction to Professional Practice
PHAR 6207Basic Principles of Pharmacology
PHAR 6208Pharm in Dis. Pathophysiology
PHYL 6211Physiology for Health Sciences Students

Public Health (Epidemiology) Curriculum

Required
MPH core
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Epidemiology track
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6260Advanced Data Analysis for Public Health
PUBH 6261Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar
PUBH 6591PA/MPH Clinical Leadership Seminar
Selective
4 credits from the following:
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Analysis
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
Electives
3 credits of GWSPH graduate courses

Additional information including approved elective lists can be found on the program website.  

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 138 credits, including 100 credits in physician assistant courses, 13 credits in MPH core, 23 credits in global environmental health courses, and 2 credits in electives.

ANAT 6215Anatomy for Health Sciences Students
PA 6101Clinical Assessment I
PA 6102Clinical Assessment II
PA 6103Clinical Assessment III
PA 6104Integration into Clinical Concepts I *
PA 6105Integration into Clinical Concepts II
PA 6106Integration into Clinical Concepts III
PA 6109Foundations of Medicine
PA 6111Evidence Based Practice for PA/MPH Students
PA 6112Clinical Medicine I
PA 6113Clinical Medicine II
PA 6116Clinical Skills I
PA 6117Clinical Skills II
PA 6119Health, Justice, and Society II
PA 6120Human Behavior
PA 6121Clinical Specialties
PA 6122Role of PA in American Health Care
PA 6259Introduction to Clinical Education
PA 6261Inpatient Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6262Primary Care Clinical Practicum
PA 6263Surgical Inpatient Clinical Practicum
PA 6264Women's Health Clinical Practicum
PA 6265Pediatrics Clinical Practicum
PA 6266Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6267Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6268Elective Clinical Practicum I *
PA 6300Introduction to Professional Practice
PHYL 6211Physiology for Health Sciences Students
PHAR 6207Basic Principles of Pharmacology
PHAR 6208Pharm in Dis. Pathophysiology
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6126Assessment and Control of Environmental Hazards
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6591PA/MPH Clinical Leadership Seminar
Electives
2 credits in SPH courses selected with the advisor's approval.

Up to 15 credits may be taken online in the MPH@GWU program.

* PA 6104 Integration into Clinical Concepts I may be cross-credited for PA 6268 Elective Clinical Practicum I with advanced approval by Practicum Director.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 138 credits, including 100 credits in physician assistant courses, 13 credits in MPH core, 22 credits in health policy track courses, and 3 credits in electives.

Physician Assistant Curriculum

ANAT 6215Anatomy for Health Sciences Students
PA 6101Clinical Assessment I
PA 6102Clinical Assessment II
PA 6103Clinical Assessment III
PA 6104Integration into Clinical Concepts I
PA 6105Integration into Clinical Concepts II
PA 6106Integration into Clinical Concepts III
PA 6109Foundations of Medicine
PA 6112Clinical Medicine I
PA 6113Clinical Medicine II
PA 6116Clinical Skills I
PA 6117Clinical Skills II
PA 6119Health, Justice, and Society II
PA 6120Human Behavior
PA 6121Clinical Specialties
PA 6122Role of PA in American Health Care
PA 6259Introduction to Clinical Education
PA 6261Inpatient Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6262Primary Care Clinical Practicum
PA 6263Surgical Inpatient Clinical Practicum
PA 6264Women's Health Clinical Practicum
PA 6265Pediatrics Clinical Practicum
PA 6266Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6267Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6268Elective Clinical Practicum I
PA 6300Introduction to Professional Practice
PHAR 6207Basic Principles of Pharmacology
PHAR 6208Pharm in Dis. Pathophysiology
PHYL 6211Physiology for Health Sciences Students

Public Health (Health Policy) Curriculum

Required
Public health core
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Health policy track
PUBH 6305Fundamentals for Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6310Statistical Analysis in Health Policy
PUBH 6315Intro-Health Policy Analysis
ADD: Advanced Health Policy Selective (2 or 3 credits)*
PUBH 6325Federal Policymaking and Policy Advocacy
PUBH 6335Public Health and Law
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Analysis
PUBH 6243Topics in Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Analysis
ADD: Health Services Management Selective (2 credits)*
PUBH 6591PA/MPH Clinical Leadership Seminar ())
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
<ul><li>Selective Options available on SPH Website</li></ul>
Electives
3 or 4 credits of GWSPH graduate courses