Most students begin the combined MD/MPH curriculum during the first or second years of medical school, although students can also enter the program after the 3rd or 4th years of medical school. Students generally complete both degrees in 5 years, adding a year exclusively for public health coursework between years 3 and 4 of medical school.
MD/MPH students complete the dual degree by adding an additional year to the medical school curriculum. During the full-time MPH year, MD/MPH students will identify a “pathway” to focus their public health coursework, inform advisor assignments, and guide the completion of independent work (the Integrated Learning Experience).
Students can choose from four different pathways based on interests and career goals:
- Research Methods in Health Services and Clinical Science
- Health Management, Leadership and Policy
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Community Health and Prevention
MD/MPH students will also participate in seminars, research presentations, and professional development activities sponsored by the academic departments in the Dornsife School of Public Health that align with these pathways.