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Dual Degree Public Health and Theology

Candler offers dual degrees with either the Master of Divinity or the Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Public Health in conjunction with Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. This program allows the MDiv/MPH or MTS/MPH degrees to be earned in four or three years, respectively, both one year shorter than if the theology and public health degrees were pursued separately.

Candidates for the dual-degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and Rollins. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Typically, MDiv/MPH students spend the first year at Candler, the second year at Rollins and the third and fourth years are spent back at Candler. The student must register and pay tuition for six semesters in Candler and two semesters in Rollins but may take courses in either school.

MTS/MPH students usually spend the first year at Candler, the second year at Rollins and the third year back at Candler. Students must register and pay tuition for four semesters in Candler and two semesters in Rollins but may take courses in either school.

Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which the student is in residency in the School of Theology.

Degree Requirements

MDiv/MPH
In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 84 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as a traditional MDiv student.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MPH, the student must complete a minimum 32 to 35 hours at Rollins, including the practicum and special studies project or thesis. Specific MPH degree requirements depend on the department. Rollins offers the dual-degree program in seven departments (Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Global Environmental Health, Global Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Policy and Management). MDiv/MPH dual-degree students may complete the MPH practicum requirement through completion of a clinical Contextual Education placement.

For additional information about the MPH portion of the MDiv/MPH, contact Kathy Wollenzien at kwollen@sph.emory.edu. For information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MPH, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.

MTS/MPH
In order to meet degree requirements for the MTS, the student must complete a minimum of 48 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as a traditional MTS student.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MPH, the student must complete a minimum of 32 to 35 hours at Rollins, including the practicum and special studies project or thesis. Specific MPH degree requirements depend on the department. Rollins offers the dual-degree program in seven departments (Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Global Environmental Health, Global Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Policy and Management). MTS/MPH dual-degree students may complete the MPH special studies project or thesis in conjunction with the MTS integrative paper or thesis.

For additional information about the MPH portion of the MDiv/MPH, contact Kathy Wollenzien at kwollen@sph.emory.edu. For information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MPH, contact the Candler registrar’s office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.