M.D. / M.P.H. Program

Prerequisites

Applicants to the M.D./M.P.H. program must meet all the prerequisites for the Medical School as outlined in this chapter of the catalog. The School of Public Health does not have prerequisite course requirements, but a baccalaureate degree is necessary for an application. In addition, it is recommended that applicants have at least a 3.0 GPA from course work in higher education. Applicants who are citizens of countries where English is not the native language are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Application Procedure

The student may submit two applications: one each to the Medical School and the Public Health School. School of Public Health applications may be obtained from the school’s Office of Enrollment Services at the address listed above. Medical School applications must follow the procedure outlined in the Application Procedure section of this chapter. Candidates who submit both applications simultaneously will receive notification from both Programs before the beginning of the academic year, though notifications may occur at different times.

The GRE is required for the School of Public Health application, and scores should be submitted. Applicants should submit two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and official transcripts covering enrollment in accredited institutions of higher education to the School of Public Health enrollment services’ office. The same letters of recommendation submitted for the Medical School application also may be submitted for the School of Public Health application. Transcripts should be sent directly to the School of Public Health by the educational institution.

Medical students also may apply to the School of Public Health at any time during their Medical School tenure. Final acceptance to the M.P.H. program may be contingent upon satisfactory progress in the Medical School.

Curriculum

The first three years of the M.D./M.P.H. program are identical to the first three years of the Medical School, as described earlier. The School of Public Health year begins after the third year of Medical School. The student is placed on a leave of absence from the Medical School, enrolls in and may apply for financial aid from the School of Public Health. The curriculum includes courses in the five basic public-health areas (epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral sciences, environmental health sciences, and health management and policy sciences) plus electives. Completion of the degree also requires a semester practicum of 180 hours in a public-health setting and a master’s thesis.

After the School of Public Health year, the student re-enrolls in the Medical School to complete the senior year. If the thesis is not complete by the time the senior year starts, the student may complete the thesis during periods when the student is not taking Medical School courses. Students in the M.D./M.P.H. program also have the opportunity to participate in electives in public health during their senior year of Medical School.