Dual Degree Programs

We offer three dual degree programs that afford students the opportunity to simultaneously complete two degrees with a reduced course load. Students wishing to pursue a dual degree must apply to both programs and be admitted separately. An admissions decision in one program does not affect the admissions decision in another program.

Law & Health Administration (MHA/JD)

The Health care industry is becoming increasingly more complex in both the delivery of services and in organizational structure. Along with this has come competition among providers to a degree heretofore unheard of in health care. As the nation's third largest business sector, the health care industry accounts for about 15 percent of our GDP. As leaders of one of the most regulated industries in the United States, health care executives require extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations, reimbursement, insurance, medical ethics, contract law, mergers and acquisitions, tax laws, and antitrust laws, to name but a few areas. This has created a vigorous demand for legal experts who understand the intricacies of the health care industry as well as health law. To meet the demand for health law experts, VCU developed a dual degree program in law and health administration in partnership with the University of Richmond School of Law, a program established in 1986. Created as a cooperative venture between the universities, the program addresses legal issues that affect organizations, financing, and delivery of health services.

Health Law & Health Administration (MHA/JD)

Medicine & Health Administration (MHA/MD)

Integration of administrative functions with clinical domains is necessary to deliver the most efficient and highest quality care. As health care organizations evolve in response to environmental pressures, physicians will be sought to lead these organizations. To meet the demand for physician leaders, VCU's Department of Health Administration and VCU's School of Medicine developed a Dual Degree Program in Medicine and Health Administration. This innovative program satisfies the demand for budding physicians who know early in their careers that they wish to pursue administration in tandem with a medical career. In five years, students complete both the MHA and MD degrees and are trained for roles as healthcare executives and medical care leaders who are knowledgeable about the organization, financing, and delivery of health services.

Medicine & Health Administration (MHA/MD)

Health Administration & Information Systems (MHA/MSIS)

Our three year dual MHA/MSIS degree integrates technical IT expertise with healthcare management skills to give graduates access to these and other positions within the healthcare field.  The didactic coursework is complemented by a 10-week summer internship in a healthcare organization during which students apply their classroom knowledge to practical IT management challenges.

Health Administration & Information Systems (MHA/MSIS)