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.
To be a candidate for this combined degree 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. For information on admission to the MD program, please see https://medicine.uiowa.edu/md/admission-medical-school-md.
MPH Core Courses (18 s.h.)
The following courses are required of students in the MPH program. Students are expected to earn ≥ B- (2.67) on each core course and must earn a ≥ B (3.0) cumulative grade point average on all core courses. When necessary, a student may repeat a course to achieve this standard.
|CPH:5100||Intro to Public Health||3 s.h.|
|BIOS:4120||Intro to Biostatistics||3 s.h.|
|CBH:4105||Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention||3 s.h.|
|EPID:4400||Epidemiology I: Principles||3 s.h.|
|HMP:4000||Intro to the US Healthcare System||3 s.h.|
|OEH:4240||Global Environmental Health||3 s.h.|
Required Courses (21 s.h.)
College of Medicine Focus Courses (12 s.h.)
Twelve hours of coursework from the MD curriculum also count as credit toward the MPH.
|MED:8122||Medicine and Society I||3 s.h.|
|MED:8132||Medicine and Society II||4 s.h.|
|MED:8222||Medicine and Society III||4 s.h.|
|MED:8121||Clinical and Professional Skills I, II, III||1 s.h.|
College of Public Health Focus Courses(9 s.h.)
Nine semester hours of coursework must be selected from the College of Public Health curriculum. Coursework must provide knowledge for population-based applications.
Applied Practice Experience and Capstone Experience Requirements (3 s.h.)
|CPH:7500||MPH Applied Practice Experience||2 s.h.|
|CPH:7200||MPH Capstone Experience||1 s.h.|
Pre-Requisites to the Applied Practice Experience and the Capstone Experience
Students must complete all core courses prior to beginning the Applied Practice Experience, and they must take the Capstone Experience course in their final semester.
Summary of Requirements:
|MPH Core||18 s.h.|
|Practice Experience||2 s.h.|
|Capstone Experience||1 s.h.|
|MPH Focus Courses||9 s.h.|
|MD Focus Courses||12 s.h.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to take both the GRE & MCAT?
No. Your MCAT scores are acceptable.
What happens if I’m applying to both programs at the same time and don’t get admitted into the MD program? Can I still begin the MPH?
Yes, though you will have to change your application and apply to a departmental Program of Study. Communicate with Lexie Just, Assistant Director, MPH Program throughout the application process.
What is the typical schedule for the MD/MPH Program?
Students typically take MPH classes between their 3rd and 4th years of medical school. Since MD/MPH students cross-count hours, the MPH degree can be completed in 3 semesters (one year). The typical schedule is 9 s.h. in the summer session, 12 s.h. in the fall semester and 9 s.h. in the spring semester.
How does tuition work?
Medical school tuition for 4 years and MPH tuition during the year that you step out to pursue the MPH Program.
Can I begin in MPH classes prior to the start of my M1 year?
Perhaps. Contact the MPH program with specific information for a more clear answer based on your situation.
Do I really need to complete two application forms?
Yes. These are two distinct colleges and educational systems requiring different data to make an admission decision, and separate systems to operate.
Do I get the MPH degree as soon as I complete the course work?
No, both degrees must be conferred in the same semester.
Do I get one or two degrees?
Two separate degrees will be conferred.
Who is the College of Medicine contact for the MD/MPH degree?
Registrar, Carver College of Medicine
Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum
|In addition to mastering the MPH core competencies, graduates of the combined MD/MPH will be able to:|
|Discuss the relationship between medicine and ethics.|
|Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and health policy, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.|
|Describe the influence of cultural, environmental and socioeconomic factors on access to health care and competent provision of care.|