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.
The student must submit two applications: one each to the Medical School and the School of Public Health. School of Public Health applications may be obtained from the school’s Office of Enrollment Services at the address listed previously. 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.
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.
The School of Public Health coursework typically begins the summer prior to matriculation in medical school. 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, which is typically completed during the summer after the first year of Medical School and a master’s thesis.