MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Realizing an increasing role of business in public health, West Virginia University announced a dual master's degree program infusing the two on Thursday.The dual degree program combines a master's degree in business administration and a master's degree in public health, according to a WVU news release. Students will have an opportunity to earn both degrees within two years.One pilot student is currently going through the program housed with the Department of Health Policy, Management and Leadership at the WVU School of Public Health. The program will begin enrolling students in September 2014.Students will focus on public health studies in their first year and then business administration in their second year. After completion students will apply their program knowledge in internships.
The program consists of 74 credit hours, and students must apply and be admitted to both the business administrative program and public health program. "Public health leaders and practitioners who achieve the dual degree will gain a broader perspective of the costs and benefits of prevention and other lifestyle choices that can provide lasting health solutions for West Virginia," Jeffery Coben, professor and interim dean of the School of Public Health, said in the news release.