Joint Degree Programs

The Tuck School offers three joint degree programs in health care.


The Geisel School of Medicine and the Tuck School of Business offer students an opportunity to pursue combined MD/MBA degrees that can be completed in either five or six years. In a time of tremendous change in health care, there is a growing need for leaders with expertise in both medicine and management. This joint-degree program is designed to open pathways for leadership roles in diverse areas and industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotech, entrepreneurial ventures in health care, governmental health programs, health related nonprofits, hospital and health services, health care policy formation, and medical school administration, to name a few. Candidates for the joint degree must complete the separate admission and financial aid application processes at both the Geisel School of Medicine and Tuck. There is no formula for admission to the combined program. Decisions are based on a combination of following factors: academic excellence, leadership ability, accomplishments, interpersonal skills, and diversity. Although almost all Tuck students have work experience before they enroll, this is not a prerequisite for admission to the joint-degree program. For more information on the MD/MBA Program, please visit the Geisel School of Medicine MD/MBA Program overview.

Jessica Morgan highlights her transition from investment banking to health care and how the joint MD/MBA degree helped her develop the skillset to implement and execute strategy in the health sector


The MBA/MPH joint degree is offered through the Tuck School of Business and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). The joint degree program prepares graduates to take on leadership positions in health care in both the private and public sectors of the health care industry. The MBA/MPH program brings together the best of leadership and management education with the best of public health research and practice.

Key Facts

  • The joint degree program leads to a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Health degree and can be completed in two years.
  • The Tuck School of Business educates leaders to better the world of business. The curriculum offers immersive, experiential, hands-on learning that fosters the development of the aptitudes of wise leadership. The program connects students with a powerful alumni network.
  • The joint degree program is supported by the Healthcare Initiative, which promotes a focus on health care at Tuck to educate students; engage faculty, alumni and industry experts, and prepare graduates to make significant impact and contributions to the health care sector.
  • The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice is an international leader in efforts to improve health and health care and is on the forefront in the development of new models for health care delivery and payment.
  • Students spend the full two years as part of the same MBA class, which enables them to fully engage at Tuck and graduate with their class peers.
  • Students spend their first year as a full-time MBA student at Tuck and complete the core curriculum. They begin MPH course work at the beginning of August in the second year. The second year of the program involves a blending of required and elective courses at both Tuck and TDI.
  • Graduates of the joint degree program see a variety of career opportunities and are making an impact in health care delivery, consulting, and direct industry roles.
  • Joint degree students must satisfy the requirements for admission to both the MBA and MPH programs. 
  • Students can apply to the programs concurrently, or may apply to the MPH program during the first year of enrollment at Tuck. Both Tuck and TDI accept either the GMAT or the GRE.
  • Tuition for the MBA/MPH joint degree is based on length of the program but is approximately the same as the cost of the MBA program.

For more information, contact Professor Paul Gardent, Director, MBA/MPH joint degree program.


Katharine Head describes her experience in the joint MBA/MPH degree program


The PhD/MBA joint degree program offers the unique opportunity for PhD students at Dartmouth College to finish off their training with management education. The joint degree aims to produce individuals who are not only thoroughly trained in a scientific discipline but also possess fundamental business and entrepreneurial skills. The program is currently only available to PhD students at Dartmouth. Students must apply to and be admitted to the MBA program. The PhD experience will be counted as post-bachelors degree work experience. Matriculating students must enter with the regular Tuck class in the fall and complete the required first-year Tuck core curriculum. Students are expected to participate in an internship during the summer between their first and second Tuck years, to reinforce the MBA experience. Courses taken during the PhD program will be counted as the equivalent of one term's worth of electives. While application and admission to the MBA program can occur at any point while enrolled in the PhD program, it's recommended that students apply in the third or fourth year of their program. Students are encouraged to meet with advisors for the PhD/MBA Program. It is important that PhD students show strong academic ability as well as demonstrated potential for leadership, and they should be able to articulate well why the MBA degree will help them achieve their goals.