MD-MPH Combined Degree

This program is intended to provide students who are pursuing the MD an opportunity to complete the professional degree in public health to expand career opportunities and permit interested professionals to apply the principles of both medicine and public health for the betterment of mankind. Completion of the MPH program can enhance physicians ability to receive primary certification from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Physicians who are considering certification from the American Board of Preventive Medicine should review the requirements here.

Examples of careers include:

  • Health Educator
  • Program Manager, State Public Health Department
  • Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Coordinator
  • Director, County Public Health Department
  • Policy Advisor


The applicant must be accepted into the MD program as a condition of acceptance into the combined degree. This may occur concurrently but the condition of acceptance into the MD must be made before final acceptance into the MPH program. The admission committees of the two colleges will independently review the candidate for acceptance into the combined degree. See more information on admission to the MD program.

Typically medical students step out between years M3 and M4 to complete the MPH degree. The following is a sample plan of study for that year. Please work with your advisor to choose a plan that works best for you.

Sample Plan of Study for MD/MPH combined degree
Course No. Course name Hours
Summer 9 s.h.
CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health (online) 3 s.h.
HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System (online) 3 s.h.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles (online) 3 s.h.
Fall 15 s.h.
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.
CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (online) 3 s.h.
CPH:6700 Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3 s.h.
EPID:5500 Intro to Clinical Epi 3 s.h.
Spring 6 s.h.
OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine 3 s.h.
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
MPH degree total 30 s.h.


Summary of Requirements
Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
MPH Required 9 s.h.
Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
MPH Capstone 1 s.h.
Total 30 s.h.