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Medical Doctor/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) Joint Degree

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Medical Doctor/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) Joint Degree

Students with an interest in public health medicine and policy may choose to pursue a joint MD/MPH degree offered collaboratively by the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Under the joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in approximately one year less than it would take to obtain them if pursued consecutively.

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Program Description
Admission Criteria and Process
Timing of Application/admission
Eligible Grades
Program Completion Requirements
Program Withdrawal
Teaching Assistantships
MPH Concentrations
Faculty Advisors
MPH Internship Requirement
MPH Culminating Experience
Sample MPH Curricula
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Program Description
The MD/MPH joint degree program adds about one academic year to the time required to complete the MD degree. The MPH, a 48 credit program, usually takes 2 years to complete. The timeframe is shorter for the joint degree because the MPH program accepts 12 credits from required medical school coursework, and the MD program allows 6 credits from the MPH coursework.

Most students will complete the first 3 years of medical school, and then take 1 or 2 4th year electives or requirements. Then, they will complete the majority of their MPH coursework over the next year (4th year of joint degree), followed by a final year that will include mostly 4th year medical school electives, but also some additional MPH requirements.

All students in collaborative MPH programs must meet graduation requirements of the MPH. Click here to view the MPH graduation requirements and a full description of the MPH program.

Admission Criteria and Process
Candidates for the program must meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to both the Medical Doctor and the Master of Public Health degree programs. Most students will have already been admitted to medical school before applying for the joint program sometime during the 3rd year of medical school. The joint degree program is not open to students who have already earned either the MD or the MPH degree. Additional information regarding admission to each program may be found at http://admissions.med.ufl.edu/ and http://www.mph.ufl.edu/admissions/. Note that the MPH program may accept MCAT scores as a replacement for the GRE, if requested.

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Timing of Application/admission
Students are encouraged to begin discussions about the combined degree at any time after admission to medical school. The actual time of application will typically be during the fall or early spring of the student’s 3rd year of medical school (no later than June 1). Students will typically begin their MPH coursework in the fall semester after their 3rd year of medical school, and continue to take a full-time course load in the spring semester and first summer session, before returning to the medical school.

Eligible Grades
Master of Public Health courses, which are to be credited toward the M.D. degree, must carry a grade of B or higher but will not be counted in the College of Medicine grade point average. College of Medicine courses that are to be credited toward the MPH degree must carry a grade of C or higher but will not be counted in the grade point average for the MPH degree program.

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Program Completion Requirements
A student must satisfy the curriculum requirements for each degree before either degree is awarded. The MPH, a 48-credit program, will allow 12 credits of appropriate medical school courses to be credited toward both MPH and MD degrees. Reciprocally, medical students may receive toward the satisfaction of the MD degree 6-semester credits for courses taken in the graduate curriculum for the MPH degree. Students must carry the minimum number of credits required by either college.

Program Withdrawal
Withdrawal from the MPH Program: Students who enroll in the joint degree program but do not complete the program may receive credit toward the College of Medicine degree under the graduate level course option for a maximum of two courses, not to exceed 6 semester credits, taken from the graduate curriculum of the MPH program of the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Although the grade is not computed in the student’s grade point average, a grade of B or higher must be earned to receive credit hours for the course(s).

Withdrawal from the MD Program: Students who enroll in the joint degree program but do not complete the program may receive credit toward the MPH, not to exceed 6 semester credits, taken from the curriculum of the College of Medicine. Although the grade is not computed in the student’s grade point average, a grade of C or higher must be earned to receive credit hours for the course(s). These 6 hours will only satisfy the elective hours in the MPH program unless otherwise approved by the MPH program director.

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Teaching Assistantships
Students in the joint program are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships in the College of Public Health and Health Professions on the same basis as other graduate students, subject to the guidelines and restrictions set by the MPH Program. If awarded, graduate assistantships will cover only semesters in which students are enrolled in MPH courses: Year 4 (fall, spring, summer) and year 5 (fall, spring).

MPH Concentrations
Students must choose from one of the six MPH concentrations: Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Public Health Management and Policy, Public Health Practice, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Please visit http://www.mph.ufl.edu/concentrations/ for a description of each concentration. Many medical students choose Public Health Practice, because of its broad flexibility, although they are free to choose from any of the other concentration options.

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Faculty Advisors
To facilitate student progress in the joint program, one MPH faculty member and one faculty member from the College of Medicine will be assigned as advisors to each joint program student.

MPH Internship Requirement
The concepts presented via coursework are integrated and assimilated through an internship, which provides an opportunity for each student to apply his or her knowledge in a practice setting. A wide range of settings and opportunities may be suitable for an internship. Each internship is individually tailored to assure competence in general MPH and concentration-specific skills and to meet student goals, concentration criteria, and the needs of the agencies involved. The internship is usually completed in the final (5th) year in the program, and always includes a special project that serves as the basis for a final written and oral/poster report. The internship and the special project must be approved by the student’s faculty advisors.

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MPH Culminating Experience
Students attain a depth in public health knowledge and skills by selecting one core area for their concentrations. They obtain a broad knowledge base of public health issues and perspectives through the MPH core courses and electives. The concepts presented in these courses are integrated and assimilated through the internship, which provides an opportunity for each student to apply his or her knowledge in the real world of public health. Students may engage in many activities during an internship. However, each student must have one special project which serves as the basis for a major paper and a presentation. These final activities of the MPH program are intended to encourage students to understand their projects in the larger context of public health as a cross-disciplinary field and in relation to the competencies expected of all MPH graduates. Student presentations are scheduled on one or two Public Health Days near the end of fall, spring and summer semesters. The written paper and oral/poster presentation constitute a culminating experience for the MPH.

Sample MPH Curricula
Below are samples of the MPH curricula MD/MPH students may follow during the year devoted to MPH studies, including a range of electives that students may choose from. The examples here are for the Public Health Practice and Epidemiology concentrations, although students may choose from any concentration.

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Sample Curriculum for MD/MPH Students
Public Health Practice Concentration

I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Sciences I
3
F
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology
3
F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
3
F
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health
3
F
HSA 6114 Introduction to U.S. Healthcare System
3
F
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
1
S, ss
II. Choose 2-3 courses from each of 2 Concentration Cores: 12 – 15 credits
Epidemiology Core (Requires PHC 6052 instead of PHC 6050)
PHC 6000 Epidemiology Research Methods I
3
S
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
3
ss
PHC 6003 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
3
F
PHC 6011 Epidemiology Research Methods II
3
ss
Biostatistics Core
PHC 6053 Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences
3
S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Survival Analysis
3
F
PHC 6080 SAS for Public Health Data
1
 F, S, ss
PHC 6081 SAS for Public Health Analysis
1
 F, S, ss
PHC 6055 Biostatistical Computing Using R
 1
F, S, ss
PHC 6000 Epidemiology Research Methods I
3
S
Public Health Management and Policy
PHC 6104 Evidence-Based Management of Public Health Programs
3
F
HSA 5174 Fundamentals of Health Care Finance
3
S
HSA 6115 Introduction to Management of Health Services
3
F
HSA 6152 Overview of U.S. Health Policy
3
S
PHC 6421 Public Health Law and Ethics
 3
 ss
PGC 6103 Systems Thinking and Public Health
3
 ss
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PHC 6251 Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health
3
ss
PHC 6146 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
3
F
PHC 6700 Social & Behavioral Research Methods
3
S
PHC 6195 Health Information for Diverse Populations: Theory & Methods
3
F
Environmental Health
VME 6602 General Toxicology
3
F
VME 6607 Human Health Risk Assessment
4
F
PHC 6702 Exposure Measurement and Assessment
3
ss
IV. Medical School Credits: up to 12 credits
BCC 7170 Family Medicine Clerkship
 5
 3rd year
BMS 6751 Nutrition Intensive 1
1
S
BMS 6816 Introduction to Cancer Biology & Clinical Oncology
2
S
BMS 6091 Health Outcomes Research 1
 1
 S
BMS 6092 Research and Discovery Foundations
 1
 F
V. Public Health Electives: Optional
PHC 6917 Supervised Research
1-3
 F, S, ss
PHC 6945 Public Health Practicum
1-3
 F, S, ss
PHC courses Public Health coursework offered by the other concentrations
3
 F, S, ss
VI. Required Internship: 5-8 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship
5-8
 F, S, ss
TOTAL 
48


Sample Curriculum for MD/MPH Students
Epidemiology Concentration

I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6052 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods
3
F
PHC 6001 Principles of epidemiology
3
F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
3
F
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health
3
F
HSA 6114 Introduction to U.S. Healthcare  System
3
F
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health
1
F, S, ss
II. Concentration Core: 12 credits
PHC 6000 Epidemiology Research Methods I
3
S
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
3
ss
PHC 6003 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
3
F
PHC 6011 Epidemiology Research Methods II
3
ss
III. Biostatistics Core: 3 credits
PHC 6053 Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences
3
S
IV. Medical School Credits: up to 12 credits
BCC 7170 Family Medicine Clerkship
5
3rd year
BMS 6751 Nutrition Intensive 1
1
S
BMS 6816 Introduction to Cancer Biology & Clinical Oncology
2
S
BMS 6091 Health Outcomes Research 1
 1
S
BMS 6092 Research and Discovery Foundations
 1
F
V. Required Internship: 5 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship
5
 F, S, ss
TOTAL
48

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Contact Us

Telisha S. Martin, MA, MHSE
Associate Director, MPH Program
College of Public Health & Health Professions
University of Florida
Box 100182
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: 352-273-6443 Fax: 352-273-6199
martints@phhp.ufl.edu

Robert L. Cook MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Medicine
University of Florida
PO Box 100231
Gainesville, Florida 32610
Phone (352) 273-5869
cookrl@phhp.ufl.edu

Robert L. Hatch, M.D.
Professor
Director, H. James Free Center for Primary Care education and Innovation
1600 SW Archer Road Rm G1-019
Gainesville, FL 32610-3001
Phone 352-273-5161
Fax 352-273-5213
hatch@ufl.edu