The fields of anthropology and public health share a common interest in understanding factors that influencing human health and well-being in this broad context that extends well beyond a clinical focus.

A deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the context and ultimate causes of public health problems requires an ability to bridge disciplinary boundaries, and to conceptualize comprehensive models of global health dynamics.

Prospective students apply to each program separately, but should indicate on their application forms and on their admission statement that they are also applying to one of the programs approved in the concurrent degree program.

Moreover, students completing both degree programs have been highly recruited on the job market for both academic and applied health positions.

The concurrent degree program coordinates the requirement of each degree program, allowing students to shorten the time to completion of both degrees.

The concurrent degree program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in the fields of public health and anthropology leading to the Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D) in Anthropology degrees.

Students will matriculate in one of four MPH tracks: The public health problems that characterize our world are distinguished by their complex relationship not only with the physical and biological environment, but also the cultural, economic and political environments in which they exist.

For the purposes of this document, the concepts of equal opportunity and diversity are understood as the right of all faculty job applicants and all hired faculty to be treated with equal fairness and to have the opportunity to excel without bias due to their race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

In addition to promoting equal opportunity and enhancing excellence through diversity, one of the broad goals of the Handbook is to encourage the university community to reimagine faculty hiring and retention as ongoing activities—as regular components of academic and professional life, rather than as special occasions or as reactions to particular circumstances.

Professional training in both public health and anthropology is viewed as one small but crucial step toward this goal.

The concurrent degree program is designed to prepare professionals who will function in multidisciplinary health settings in the areas of teaching, research, administration, planning, and policy development and implementation.

The concurrent MPH/Ph D degree coordinates the substantial health-related strengths found across the University of Washington.