Physical Therapists are recognized as the preferred providers among consumers and other health care professionals for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health. The landscape of global and domestic healthcare policy is changing rapidly and Physical Therapists must participate in domestic and international reform of healthcare. A new cohort of young professional leaders must be trained to lead these healthcare reform efforts.
To focus these training efforts, the University of Florida Department of Physical Therapy program partnered with the Master of Public Health program to develop the DPT/MPH joint degree program.
The DPT/MPH joint degree program adds about one academic year to the time required to complete the DPT degree. Most students will complete the first 2 years of PT school, and then they will complete the majority of their MPH coursework over the next year, followed by a final year of PT classes.
Students are encouraged to begin discussions about the combined degree at any time after admission to the DPT program.