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Doctor of Physical Therapy Joint Degree Programs

DPT/MBA Joint Degree Program

The doctor of physical therapy/master of business administration joint degree is offered through the physical therapy program and Goizueta Business School to prepare physical therapists for leadership roles in both contexts. The combined DPT/MBA degree focuses on giving future physical therapists the necessary skill-set to successfully integrate health care and business.

Students interested in the DPT/MBA joint degree program must apply to and be accepted into both the physical therapy program within the School of Medicine and Goizueta Business School as a joint degree student. Prior to matriculation, all students applying to the MBA program must have completed at least one semester of college-level statistics. Students should also have completed courses in corporate finance, microeconomics, and financial accounting. The GMAT is required as part of the application process to Goizueta Business School. The DPT/MBA is designed to be completed with the first, second, and fourth years spent primarily in the physical therapy program and the third year spent primarily in the business school program.

DPT/MPH Joint Degree Program

The doctor of physical therapy/master of public health dual degree is offered through the physical therapy program and the Rollins School of Public Health to prepare physical therapists to impact health care and public health in innovative ways. The DPT/MPH joint degree program is intended for students seeking to enhance their physical therapy training through application within the context of the public health milieu.

Students interested in the DPT/MPH jointl degree program must apply to and be accepted into both the physical therapy program within the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health as a joint degree student. There are six programs within the Rollins School of Public Health that participate in the joint degree program: Behavioral Science and Health Education, Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Policy and Management. Entry into the joint degree program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all academic and clinical criteria and professional conduct standards within each program.

The DPT/MPH program consists of a minimum of 144 credit hours within the physical therapy program and between 32 and 42 credit hours within the School of Public Health depending on which public health program is selected. The DPT/MPH is designed to be completed within four years with the first, second and fourth years spent primarily in the physical therapy program and the third year spent primarily in the public health program. The required public health practicum and thesis may be coordinated with the clinical sciences and scientific inquiry compoments of the DPT program.