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

Program Director J. Cawley

Mission Statement

As the U.S. health care system continues to evolve, market forces and changing personnel requirements create new and expanding roles for health care professionals. The joint Physician Assistant–Master of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Public Health PA–MSHS/MPH program strives to fill the need for a new type of health care professional: one who has both the depth of medical knowledge and the range of leadership and policy skills to meet the challenges of future practice. Based in both the Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) Department of Prevention and Community Health, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the PA–MSHS/MPH program presents a graduate curriculum that blends two important traditional paradigms of health care—the biomedical and the preventive. Health care professionals in the future U.S. health system must be prepared as competent and caring clinicians, as well as bring a broad view of population health and prevention to their work. Graduates of the GW PA/MPH program will be leaders in clinical practice in primary care and preventive medicine and will have the preparation to assume high level positions in education, research, and policy.

Goals

The PA–MSHS/MPH provides the opportunity for students to obtain the competencies necessary to succeed in the rapidly evolving American and global health systems.

The major goals of GW's PA–MSHS/MPH program are to:

  • Recruit diverse and intellectually curious students and develop in them a strong clinical medical and prevention knowledge base necessary to deliver the highest quality patient-centered health care in a variety of clinical settings worldwide;
  • Educate future health care professionals who are competent clinicians who can bring a population health orientation to their practice setting;
  • Develop practitioners for the future who integrate concepts of prevention, community-oriented primary care, and population health;
  • Graduate collaborative clinicians who will serve the health care needs of a worldwide community with intelligence, compassion, and integrity;
  • Foster analytic thinking skills such that graduates will be able to perform a wide range of clinical tasks working with physicians, as well as assessing community health problems and addressing population health needs;
  • Nurture a sensitivity and respect for the cultural and personal beliefs of all patients and an understanding of how social, economic, and other system forces can impact health and health care and how these impact patient morbidity and mortality;
  • Encourage graduates to be responsive to the needs of patients and society and advocate for quality patient care regardless of patient population;
  • Graduate practitioners who will have the information technology and research skills necessary to access and interpret the medical literature and support their ongoing professional development; and
  • Expect graduates to practice collaboratively, professionally, legally, ethically, and with integrity.

The PA–MSHS/MPH program draws from a faculty in both the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Milken Institute SPH to provide instruction in a wide range of subjects in medicine, public health, and professional leadership.

The purpose of the PA–MSHS/MPH program is to provide future clinicians with a wide range of skills in leadership, policy development, and community and preventive medicine. Students in the program prepare as clinicians fulfilling all of the requirements for national certification as a physician assistant (PA) in the GW Physician Assistant program. In addition, public health coursework provides an orientation to population and community health. For example, in the Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) track, students acquire skills in community health assessment, community based interventions, and the application of COPC principles in community based practice settings. GW's SPH coursework in health care administration, management, and health care economics prepares students to be leaders in a wide variety of clinical settings, office practices, outpatient clinics, community-based health centers, and health care institutions. Students are also exposed to the formulation of health policy.

Set in the center of the health policy in the nation, the PA–MSHS/MPH program affords students the chance to interact with individuals in both the public and private sector who are involved in policy research, practice, and legislation.

Visit the MPH program website for additional information.

Visit the PA program website for additional information.   

Admissions Requirements

If you are interested in the joint PA/MPH program you will be receiving correspondence from both the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (for the PA-MSHS) and the Milken Institute SPH and School of Medicine and Health Services (for the MPH) regarding the completion of your application and admissions decisions. Should you be accepted to one degree program and not the other, you may accept the admissions offer from the program to which you were accepted, because decisions are made separately.

  1. Submit the P.A. Application (CASPA and PA Secondary Application) according to the instructions on the website.

  2. You should submit the P.A. Secondary Application within two weeks of submitting the CASPA.

  3. October 1 is the deadline for complete applications to include GRE score receipt.

To save you time and money, the School of Medicine and Health Services will copy your application materials and send them to the Admissions Office of the Milken Institute SPH. Do not complete the SOPHAS application or the SPH secondary application, as this will delay the processing of your application and result in your accruing increased application fees.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 136 credits, including 100 credits in physician assistant courses, 13 credits in public health core courses, 10 credits in prevention and community health courses, and 13 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 public health core courses, 22 credits in health policy track courses, and 3 credits in elective courses.

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

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 138 credits, including 100 credits in physician assistant courses, 13 credits in public health core courses, 18 credits in epidemiology track courses, 4 credits in selective courses, and 3 credits in elective 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 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 6591PA/MPH Clinical Leadership Seminar
Selective
4 credits from the following:
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
Electives
4 credits of GWSPH graduate courses