DPT/MPH: Physical Therapy and Public Health

Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)/ Master of Public Health (MPH) program will learn to be strong leaders in preventative health care, as well as effective therapists following a public health crisis.

  • May be completed in four years
  • Years one, two, and four are spent in the DPT program
  • Year three is spent at Rollins (minimum 32 credit hours)

Graduates with a DPT/MPH can pursue careers in curriculum development for programs that treat people with chronic conditions as well as research and teaching of new methods of rehabilitation.

Careers post-graduation: 

  • Research fellow, National Institutes of Health
  • Physical therapist, Preventative PT Services, US Hospitals
  • Clinical research scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Physical Therapy Program of the School of Medicine (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine) and Rollins collaborate in offering a dual degree program awarding the master of public health and doctor of physical therapy degrees. The DPT degree is a professional doctorate in physical therapy.

The DPT/MPH program is four years in length consisting of 144 semester credit hours. Students spend their first two years in the DPT program, developing a strong foundation in the basic and clinical science, with an emphasis on movement and movement dysfunction. In their third academic year, students focus on the MPH degree, enrolling at Rollins.

The DPT program requires nine semesters of training including courses and clinical rotations. Departments and academic programs participating in the DPT/MPH dual degree program are behavioral sciences and health education, epidemiology, global health, global epidemiology, and health policy and management.