DPT/MPH Program

Through this four-year graduate program, you will earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and an MPH degree with a concentration in community health and health behavior.

DPT Curriculum

The DPT curriculum provides a solid understanding of movement and exercise in healthy populations. The graduate professional DPT program focuses on clinical populations and teaching the assessment and treatment of individuals with a variety of ailments. You will earn the highest professional degree in the field. With a DPT, you’ll be eligible to sit for the licensure exam to practice physical therapy in any state.

Prerquisite coursework is required before applying to the graduate portion of the DPT program.  

MPH Curriculum

Our MPH curriculum will provide a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, as well as the practical knowledge and skills needed to address current and emerging public health problems. You’ll complete a minimum of 43 credits, including coursework, field training and an integrative project.

Current MPH Students

Course of Study

Year One Fall Semester DPT Program (18 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 501: Professional Development I (1 cr)   X
PT 503: Medical Sciences I (3 cr)
  X
PT 505: Evidence-based Practice (serves as MPH elective) (3 cr) X X
PT 509: Foundations of Physical Therapy I (5 cr)   X
PT 511: Health and Wellness (serves as MPH elective) (3 cr)
X X

*CHB 550: Public Health and Population Wellbeing (3 cr)

*This course can be waived by students who plan to complete year one of the MPH program. If a DPT student does not complete year one, this course must be taken before graduating from the DPT program.

  X

Year One Spring Semester DPT Program (17 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 502: Professional Development II (1 cr)
  X
PT 504: Medical Sciences II (3 cr)
  X
PT 510: Foundations of Physical Therapy II (4 cr)   X
PT 601: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (6 cr)
  X
PT 611: Foundations of Physical Therapy III (3 cr)   X

Year Two Fall Semester DPT Program (21 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 508: Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy (5 cr)
  X
PT 602: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II (6 cr)
  X
PT 603: Neuromusculoar Physical Therapy I (5 cr)   X
PT 512: Clinical Experience I (4 cr)
  X

Year Two Spring Semester DPT Program (17 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 600: Community Service to Physical Therapy (1 cr)
  X
PT 604: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II (4 cr)
  X
PT 605: Interprofessional Case Management (3 cr)
  X
PT 607: Professional Development III (1 cr)
  X
PT 612: Integumentary Physical Therapy (4 cr)   X
PT 613: Clinical Experience II (4 cr)
  X
Leave of Absence

Following year two, students take a leave of absence from the DPT program to begin the MPH program.

Year Three Fall Semester MPH Program (17 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
CHB 501: Study of Health Behavior (3 cr)
X  
EEH 501: Epidemiology Principles (4 cr)
X  
EEH 530: Introduction to Healthcare Organizatio (3 cr)
X  
EEH 590: Public Health Seminar (0 cr)
X  
STA 527: Introduction to Medical Statistics (4 cr)
X  
CHB 523: Program Planning and Evaluation (3 cr)
X  

Year Three Spring Semester MPH Program (15 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
EEH 531: Administrative Theory (3 cr)
X  
EEH 550: Evironmental Health (3 cr)
X  
EEH 590: Public Health Seminar (0 cr)
X  
CHB 502: Health Behavior Change (3 cr)
X  
CHB 505: Applications of Statistics for Public Health (3 cr)
X  
CHB XXX: Elective (3 cr) X  
Typically MPH students also take EEH 520: Biological Bases of Public Health (3 cr). This course is waived for DPT/MPH students.
   
Leave of Absence

Following year three, students take a leave of absence from the MPH program to take year four of the DPT program.

Year Four Fall Semester DPT Program (20 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 614: Clinical Experience III (6 cr)
  X
PT 701: Management Sciences for Physical Therapy (4 cr)
  X
PT 703: Critical analysis of Patient Care and Management (4 cr)
  X
PT 705: Lifespan Physical Therapy (4 cr)
  X
PT 707: Professional Develpment IV (2 cr)   X
EEH 590: Public Health Seminar (0 cr)
X  

Year Four Spring Semester DPT Program with shared coursework (14 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 712: Clinical Residency (6 cr)
  X
PT 713: Clinical Residency II (3 credits shared with MPH Field Training Experience) (6 cr)
X X
PT 718: Enrichment Capstone (shared with MPH Integrative Project)   (2 cr)
X X
EEH 590: Public Health Seminar (0 cr)
X  

Students beginning the MPH Fall 2018 or later

Course of Study

Year One Fall Semester DPT Program (18 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 501: Professional Development I (1 cr)   X
PT 503: Medical Sciences I (3 cr)
  X
PT 505: Evidence-based Practice (serves as MPH elective) (3 cr) X X
PT 509: Foundations of Physical Therapy I (5 cr)   X
PT 511: Health and Wellness (serves as MPH elective) (3 cr)
X X

*CHB 550: Public Health and Population Wellbeing (3 cr)

*This course can be waived by students who plan to complete year one of the MPH program. If a DPT student does not complete year one, this course must be taken before graduating from the DPT program.

  X

Year One Spring Semester DPT Program (17 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 502: Professional Development II (1 cr)
  X
PT 504: Medical Sciences II (3 cr)
  X
PT 510: Foundations of Physical Therapy II (4 cr)   X
PT 601: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (6 cr)
  X
PT 611: Foundations of Physical Therapy III (3 cr)   X

Year Two Fall Semester DPT Program (21 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 508: Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy (5 cr)
  X
PT 602: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II (6 cr)
  X
PT 603: Neuromusculoar Physical Therapy I (6 cr)   X
PT 512: Clinical Experience I (4 cr)
  X

Year Two Spring Semester DPT Program (17 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 600: Community Service to Physical Therapy (1 cr)
  X
PT 604: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II (4 cr)
  X
PT 605: Interprofessional Case Management (3 cr)
  X
PT 607: Professional Development III (1 cr)
  X
PT 612: Integumentary Physical Therapy (4 cr)   X
PT 613: Clinical Experience II (4 cr)
  X
Leave of Absence

Following year two, students take a leave of absence from the DPT program to begin the MPH program.

Year Three Fall Semester MPH Program (18 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
CHB 501: Study of Health Behavior (3 cr)
X  
EEH 501: Epidemiology Principles (4 cr)
X  
EEH 530: Introduction to Healthcare Organizatio (3 cr)
X  
EEH 590: Contemporary Issues in Public Health (1 cr)
X  
STA 527: Introduction to Medical Statistics (4 cr)
X  
CHB 523: Program Planning and Evaluation (3 cr)
X  

Year Three Spring Semester MPH Program (13 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
EEH 550: Evironmental Health (3 cr)
X  
EEH 590: Contemporary Issues in Public Health (1 cr)
X  
CHB 502: Health Behavior Change (3 cr)
X  
CHB 505: Applications of Statistics for Public Health (3 cr)
X  
CHB XXX: Elective (3 cr) X  
Typically MPH students also take EEH 520: Biological Bases of Public Health (3 cr). This course is waived for DPT/MPH students.
   
Leave of Absence

Following year three, students take a leave of absence from the MPH program to take year four of the DPT program.

Year Four Fall Semester DPT Program (20 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 614: Clinical Experience III (6 cr)
  X
PT 701: Management Sciences for Physical Therapy (4 cr)
  X
PT 703: Critical analysis of Patient Care and Management (4 cr)
  X
PT 705: Lifespan Physical Therapy (4 cr)
  X
PT 707: Professional Develpment IV (2 cr)   X

Year Four Spring Semester DPT Program with shared coursework (17 cr)

Course MPH
DPT
PT 712: Clinical Residency (6 cr)
  X
PT 713: Clinical Residency II (6 cr; 3 credits will be shared with the MPH as field training)
X X
PT 718: Enrichment Capstone (shared with MPH Integrative Project)   (2 cr)
X X
CHB 630: Integrative Project (1 cr) X  
CHB 544: Field Training and Interprofessional Education (register for 1 credit of Interprofessional Education only)
X  
EEH 590: Contemporary Issues in Public Health (1 cr)
X  

How to Apply

You will need to submit separate applications to and be admitted to the Master of Public Health program and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Questions? Contact Us

Kirk Personius

530 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6940

Fax: (716) 829-3217

kep7@buffalo.edu

Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

530 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6940

Fax: (716) 829-3217

kep7@buffalo.edu

gregory g. homish

325 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6959

Fax: (716) 829-6040

ghomish@buffalo.edu

Director, MPH Concentration
Associate Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
School of Public Health and Health Professions

325 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6959

Fax: (716) 829-6040

ghomish@buffalo.edu