Prospective medical students with an interest in combining population health with clinical medicine to become successful physician/public health practitioners should consider pursuing the Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (M.D./M.P.H.) dual degree at UT Southwestern Medical School and UT Southwestern Peter O'Donnell Jr. School of Public Health.
The M.D./M.P.H. dual degree program will give you the opportunity to gain strong methodological skills as an M.D. public health leader in:
- Health promotion
- Health economics and policy
- Data sciences
- Health systems science
- Implementation science
A dual M.D./M.P.H. degree gives graduates the tools to address social determinants of health, have an impact on large populations through public health policies, and build a career researching public health issues that affect patients.
About the Program
Students can earn the dual degree in four years. The program is an integrated degree plan that combines traditional M.D. training with the M.P.H. curriculum and shared credits between the Medical School and the School of Public Health.
Students will work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators from both schools to develop an individualized degree plan.
The four-year degree plan is designed as a complementary program. M.P.H. coursework is concentrated in the two summers immediately preceding and following the first year of medical school to provide context on public health data, systems, and populations. The emphasis during the fall and spring of the first year is on the Medical School curriculum. See below for the Example Completion Plan.
Students seeking admissions must meet the application requirements for both UT Southwestern Medical School and the M.P.H Program at the Peter O'Donnell Jr. School of Public Health.
Applicants must first apply and receive admittance to the M.D. program at UT Southwestern. Accepted applicants will receive a letter with a link and information about how to complete the dual degree application.
Students must complete a personal statement.
Your personal statement is a chance for us to get to know you and your academic and professional goals as a potential student in our program. In 1,000 words or less, please:
- State your reasons for pursuing an M.P.H.
- Clearly and concisely, describe your relevant public health experience.
- Indicate why you feel UT Southwestern might be a good fit for you.
Practicum Requirement / Applied Practice Experience (APE)
All M.P.H. students will complete three credit hours of a community service-learning experience toward their degree.
Students will work with their advisors to connect with UT Southwestern mentors and community partners for experiences focused on community engagement and practice.
Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)
The ILE represents the culmination of the M.P.H. program in which students demonstrate mastery of the concepts taught throughout the entire program.
Students will work with their advisors to choose foundational and concentration-specific aims that align with their professional and educational goals.
The ILE can take many forms, including:
- Practice-based project
- Essay-based comprehensive exam
- Capstone course
- Integrative seminar
All students will produce a scholarly paper as part of the ILE requirement.
Here are some of the specialties that our students pursue:
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- General Surgery
- Internal Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Plastic Surgery
Past Residency Locations
Here are some programs where our graduates have matched:
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
- UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
- University of California Davis Medical Center
- University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
- University of Kentucky College of Medicine
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Harvard Medical School
- Tufts Medical Center
- Albany Medical Center
- Mount Sinai Hospital
- Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
- Duke University Hospital
- Oregon Health & Science University
- Baylor Scott & White
- Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas
- Children’s Health Dallas
- The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- UT Southwestern Medical Center
- UT Health San Antonio
- Eastern Virginia Medical School
- University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals
- University of Washington School of Medicine
The M.P.H. program – 45 credits total:
- Core courses (18 credits)
- Shared credits from UT Southwestern Medical School (12 credits)
- Advanced public health coursework (9 credits)
Integrative learning experience (3 credits)
- Practicum (3 credits)
Example Completion Plan
|Semester||M.D. Curriculum||M.P.H. Curriculum|
|Summer Prior to Medical School|
|10 hours of M.P.H. core coursework:|
|Introduction to Programming and Software Packages|
|Introduction to Public Health Data|
|Introduction to Analysis of Public Health Data|
|Introduction to Health Systems Science|
|Fall||MS1 Curriculum||Seminar in Public Health Topics (0 credit hours)|
|Spring||MS1 Curriculum||2 hours of M.P.H. coursework:
Introduction to Leadership and Management
|Summer||12 hours of M.P.H. coursework:|
|Introduction to Health Promotion, Structure, and Agency|
|Fall||MS2 curriculum||3 hours of M.P.H. coursework
Social Determinants of Health
|Spring||MS2 curriculum||No M.P.H coursework|
|Fall||MS3 curriculum||3 hours of elective M.P.H. coursework
(to be taken anytime during Year 3 or 4)
|Spring||MS3 curriculum||No M.P.H. coursework|
|Fall||MS4 curriculum||3 hours of M.P.H. Capstone or Thesis
(taken upon completion of coursework during Year 3 or 4)
|Spring||MS4 curriculum||No M.P.H. coursework|
Students may choose to leave the dual degree program to take a leave of absence or to extend the program to five years.
Students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) document online beginning as early as October in the year prior to beginning their medical education. Students should indicate on the FAFSA that results must be sent to both schools: UT Southwestern Medical Center (school code 010019). For more information, see the Office of Financial Aid.
M.P.H. Course Delivery
M.P.H. coursework is offered in a hybrid format that is compatible with the M.D. curriculum. During first summer term, courses will be offered in an online format to allow for maximum flexibility. The remainder of the degree plan will include both hybrid and in-person learning experiences.