Medical Doctor/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)
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. Students who choose to pursue a joint MD/MPH degree will be able to take a step back from the day to day activities of medical school to see the bigger picture and what role they will play in the broader medical system. The joint degree program allows students to understand public health issues and tie them into practical medicine while still in school. 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.
Click here to view a complete description of the MPH/MD joint degree program.
All students in collaborative MPH programs must meet graduation requirements of the MPH. A student must satisfy the curriculum requirements for each degree before either degree is awarded. 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 time-frame 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
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.
Click here to view the graduation requirements for the MPH program.
Admission Criteria and Process
Candidates for the program must:
- Meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to College of Medicine Medical Education (MD) program
- Meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to the Master of Public Health
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. (Note: Note that the MPH program may accept MCAT scores as a replacement for the GRE, if requested.)
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.