The Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health program is for students interested in a broader community or population-based perspective to health care. The dual degree opens up expanded career opportunities in academic medicine, research, health administration, and public health, including local, state, federal, and international health agencies.
One or two courses may be completed during the summer between the first and second years of medical school while the bulk of the MPH coursework occurs in the fourth year following the traditional third year clinical clerkships. Students continue patient care experiences one half day per week during the fourth year to maintain their clinical skills. The fifth year is a combination of medical school electives and, if needed, completion of any remaining MPH courses, including the Service Learning/Capstone Experience, which can count toward College of Medicine elective credit. In addition, six credit hours of College of Medicine coursework are accepted to meet the MPH elective requirements and complete the total 45 credit hour requirements of the MPH program.
Service Learning/Capstone Experience
The SL/CE is a practicum experience designed to integrate community service with study and reflection. Each student develops a project that demonstrates the practical application of skills learned in the MPH program in addressing an important health problem or need. The SL/CE project is presented to faculty members and peers in both written and oral reports.