Dual Degree Programs

The School of Community Health Sciences works with the Orvis School of Nursing and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine to offer two dual degrees: Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Nursing (MPH/MSN), and the Master of Public Health/Doctor of Medicine (MPH/MD). Learn more about these degree programs below.

MPH/MSN Program

The Orvis School of Nursing and the School of Community Health Sciences offer a dual degree MSN/MPH program. The dual degree program prepares BS/RN nurses to draw upon advanced knowledge and a variety of skills to define, critically assess, diagnose and collaborate with communities to plan care and resolve public health problems. The program includes academic and clinical practice preparation for nurse practitioners delivering primary health care in public health settings.

Both degrees when completed separately are two-year degrees. Students in the combined program can complete the plan of study in less time than it takes to earn each degree separately. Students enroll in courses in Nursing and Public Health each semester to enhance interdisciplinary learning and practice. Students complete the core courses in both the public health and nursing program; however, there is some overlap.

Admission requirements to the MPH/MSN program include those set by both programs. Students must apply to both programs separately, then be admitted to each of them before embarking on the dual program.

Testimonial from an MPH/MSN alumni:

"I started off taking one class as a graduate special, thinking I wanted a degree in public health," Works said. "As I was taking the class, I felt I was missing the nursing component. I heard about the dual program at about the same time and decided it was a better fit for my needs. The balance of attending two different schools actually kept my interest," Works said. "It is also an exciting challenge to be part of a path-finding group." – Marena Works, MPH/MSN, 2006 NPHA Scholarship recipient

The curriculum for the MPH/MSN Dual degree is being revised due to additional requirements of the MPH program. For questions about this program, please contact CHS Graduate Director Kristen Clements-Nolle at clements@unr.edu.

MPH/MD Program

For the MD/MPH student, there is an accelerated one-year program of study, with the field studies and capstone course following in year two. There is a 6-unit overlap with the medical students in their clinical rotations which will have a public health emphasis and therefore may be used for their MPH internship credits. Upon completion of the clinical rotations, the students will return for the following spring semester to complete their MPH capstone course. Apart from the 6-unit overlap, MD/MPH students are required to complete all other requirements just like other MPH students, and to demonstrate attainment of all identified public health competencies.

SCHS faculty work closely with our M.D. students as well as the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine faculty to assure the highest level of integration possible between the two schools.

Admission information

Admission requirements to the MPH/MSN and the MPH/MD program are set by each program. Students must apply to each program separately and then be admitted to each of them before embarking on the dual-degree programs.

Comprehensive information on these programs may be found at the following links:

University of Nevada, Reno, School of Nursing

University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine