Milwaukee-based Mount Mary College and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa have signed an agreement which creates a dual degree program that includes a four-year baccalaureate degree from Mount Mary College and a one-year Master of Public Health degree from MCW. It is the first program of its kind to be offered by the institutions.
“The Medical College of Wisconsin is a recognized leader in educating health care professionals,” said Dr. Eileen Schwalbach, Mount Mary College president. “The dual degree program will allow our students to continue their Mount Mary education with seamless access to a Master of Public Health degree and the full spectrum of MCW offerings,” she added.
Mount Mary students in their junior year may apply to MCW’s Master of Public Health Program beginning the spring of 2013. Admission requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.3 and completion of 96 undergraduate credits that include coursework in biology, behavioral science, statistics and advanced composition. Once accepted Mount Mary students will enroll in up to five MCW Master of Public Health courses during their senior year. After obtaining a baccalaureate degree from Mount Mary, students will continue as graduate students in MCW’s Master of Public Health program. This agreement waives the graduate record exam and application fees.
According Schwalbach, the dual degree program was created to prepare graduates for professions in a rapidly changing health care environment.
“This new dual degree program provides bright, motivated students the opportunity to jumpstart their graduate work in the health sciences in a way that is economical and smart. We’re pleased to be working with Mount Mary College, who is a strong academic partner for MCW,” said Dr. John Raymond, Sr., president and CEO of MCW.