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MD-MPH Degree

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Overview: The MD/MPH combined-degree program is designed to prepare physician leaders. The program is built on the foundation of health and human rights, and provides strong interdisciplinary training to individuals interested in population health including health disparities and social determinants of health, urban health, global health, health policy and health care outcomes, public health ethics and clinical research methods.

Admissions: Medical students admitted to the Drexel College of Medicine are eligible for admission to the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Eligible applicants to the MD/MPH program must first submit their application to the Drexel University College of Medicine. On the College of Medicine’s supplemental application, please check the "public health interest" box to be automatically considered for the MD/MPH program. If the applicant is accepted to the College of Medicine, they will then be reviewed for admission to the dual degree program.

Students currently enrolled in the College of Medicine who wish to apply to the MD/MPH should complete the application release form for the MPH portion of the degree and submit to Nakia Jones (naj45@drexel.edu).

Download the MD/MPH application release form (PDF)

Curriculum: Most students begin the combined MD/MPH curriculum during the first or second years of medical school. However, an MD/MPH program can be started after the 3rd year of medical school and completed in a 12-15 month timeframe, either before or during the 4th year. The program works to match MD/MPH students with Dornsife faculty advisors who are public health physicians.

Most MD/MPH students have enriched public health content during the first three years of medical school, followed by a year of full-time study in the Dornsife School of Public Health after the third year of medical school before returning to the College of Medicine to complete their final year.

This schedule allows students to integrate their public health coursework and culminating Masters project with their clinical interests. 

Year FALL SPRING SUMMER
1

MD curriculum

(PIL or IFM)*

MD curriculum

Online Courses:  Introduction to Epidemiology and
Introduction to Biostatistics (PH 701 /702)

Optional: Bridging the Gaps**
2

MD curriculum

MD curriculum


3

MD curriculum

Clinical Rotations

MD curriculum

Clinical Rotations

MD curriculum

Clinical Rotations

Optional: Summer Public Health courses or
Global Health Field Experience

4

SPH curriculum

SPH curriculum

5

MD curriculum

Clinical Rotations and residency interviewing

MD curriculum

Clinical Rotations and residency interviewing

*PIL = Program Integrated Learning, IFM = Interdisciplinary Foundations of Medicine

** Internship Program subject to application process. For complete information, visit Bridging the Gaps.

Faculty Advisors:

  • Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP, Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy and Emergency Medicine
  • Esther Chernak, MD, MPH, FACP, Associate Research Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Arthur Frank, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Marla Gold, MD, Professor and Dean Emerita, Health Management and Policy
  • John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Community Health and Prevention and Pediatrics

Contact: If you would like further information about the MD/MPH Program of Dornsife School of Public Health, or would like to discuss the program in relation to your professional and career interests, please contact:

Stephanie Johnson
Director of Academic Services
267.359.6065
snj22@drexel.edu

Esther Chernak, MD, MPH, FACP,
Director of Joint Degree Programs
267.359.6038
dec48@drexel.edu