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For the PA who is ready to lead in the boardroom and in public health.

Transform your career with two degrees in under two years.

Doctor of Medical Science + Master of Public Health

As the professional doctorate for PAs, our Doctor of Medical Science degree opens the door to new opportunities in the clinic and far beyond. You’ll expand on your PA experience by learning how to build and lead a health care team, innovate by applying research, or drive decision-making in the boardroom.

Unlock an exclusive opportunity with Lynchburg’s DMSc program. You’ll be able to transfer courses toward our Master of Public Health and complete both degrees in under two years. After completing the MPH program you'll be prepared for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (CHES) exam.

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DMSc + MPH: Combined Graduate Degrees in Under Two Years!

Unlock an exclusive opportunity with Lynchburg’s DMSc program, designed for completion in just 12 months. Upon completing the DMSc, seamlessly transition into our MPH program. As a DMSc graduate, you’ll receive guaranteed admission.

Leverage your DMSc achievements further: Get credit for two DMSc courses toward your MPH, reducing the total required credits and fast-tracking your path to dual graduate degrees.

Master of Public Health (for DMSc graduates):

  • Credit hours: 30 24
  • Tuition: $17,160 $13,728

Don’t forget: Virginia residents could get an additional $2,500 through the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant!

For PAs by PAs.

The DMSc degree is the professional doctorate for PAs. At Lynchburg, DMSc courses build on your foundation as a clinician and support growth as a health care leader, administrator, advocate, and educator. Take what you learn today and put it into practice tomorrow. The Lynchburg DMSc is the spark that will ignite the next phase of your career. By adding the MPH, you’ll be able to leverage career opportunities in community health, epidemiology, health equity, and more.

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Choose Your Passion:

The DMSc offers six concentrations of study to advance your career.

  • Addiction Medicine: Focus on neurobiology, neurochemistry, pharmacology, non-pharmacologic interventions, and the underlying factors that contribute to chemical and behavioral addictions.
  • Behavioral MedicinePrepare to work in psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the executive level, clinical positions, and in leadership.
  • Administrative MedicineBuild your doctorate education around health care leadership, administration, and business skills.
  • Advanced Professional PracticeBecome an active voice in decision making that impacts their profession, their patients, and the future of the healthcare system.
  • Emergency Management and Global HealthLearn how to successfully initiate and manage local, national, and global disaster preparedness and response.
  • Medical EducationPrepare for teaching, program and curriculum design and implementation, program evaluation, and more.

Having a doctorate is certainly an important component of being a leader in today’s health care systems.

Jonathan Sobel, DMSc ’18, PA-C, MBA

Former president, American Academy of PAs
Senior Administrative Director for PA Services, Northwell Health, New York City, New York

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**This program is not an entry-level doctoral program. PAs interested in this program must have previously completed all their PA professional education, completed a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and successfully passed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

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