Become a culturally and structurally prepared practitioner or researcher. Train to be a physician leader who advocates for community health and works to combat inequities. Prepare for the next pandemic.
An MD/MPH combined degree program includes a Master of Public Health, which equips learners with the clinical skills and science background needed to effectively understand health and wellness from the perspectives of patients and different community populations. An MD/MPP combined degree program includes a Master of Public Policy, which develops learners to contribute to and lead public decision-making and policy formulation.
MD/MPH and MD/MPP combined degrees prepare graduates to research and identify public and population health issues and implement evidence-based approaches to improve health and address health inequities. In addition to clinical practice, MD/MPH and MD/MPP degree holders may pursue careers in academia, government, international and non-profit organizations, health care delivery systems, health departments, and agencies working on disease prevention, health education, research, implementation science, policy making, and more.
Want to know more?
You can search the AAMC Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) database for a list of schools that offer MD/MPH or MD/MPP combined degree programs. Use the “Combined Degrees” filter on the left to select “MD/MPH” or "MD/MPP." Even without an MSAR subscription, you can search by location and campus type, then view each program’s contact information and website.
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- Rise in dual MD-MPH degrees signals a new trend in higher education
- American Medical Student Association (AMSA) MD/MPH – DO/MPH Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I apply for an MD/MPH or MD/MPP program?
The application process varies by program. Depending on the institution, it’s possible you may apply while applying to medical school, after being accepted to medical school, prior to matriculation, or during medical school.
2. How long does it take to complete an MD/MPH or MD/MPP program?
Most programs take five years to complete, though more and more schools are offering a 4-year program. Students typically begin the MPH or MPP portion of their coursework after their first or second year of medical school.
3. Do MPH and MPP programs offer concentrations?
Concentrations vary by institution. Some examples include: biostatistics; child and family health; community health; environmental health; epidemiology; global health; health law, bioethics and human rights; health systems, services, and policy; outcomes research; women's and reproductive health; and many more!
4. What are the MPH and MPP tuition policies?
The majority of programs require students to pay either full or reduced tuition. Financial aid and scholarships may be available.
This information is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5 NU36OE000007 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.