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MD/MPH Dual Degree

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Drexel College of Medicine (DUCOM) medical students who want to integrate population health into their medical education can work with the Dornsife School of Public Health to develop customized plans of study. Dual MD and MPH degrees can broaden your understanding of public health and policy, and provide you with research experience and skills to equip you for a career in government, health care administration, academic medicine, and public health organizations. The degree can also help to prepare you for academic residency programs. 

Credit is awarded for DUCOM coursework and generous tuition support is available for the MPH component of the dual degree.

Current plans of study for MD/MPH students offer:

  • Opportunities to participate in Global Health courses during the summer between 3rd and 4th years (includes experiences in Africa, Cuba, Israel and other locations)
  • Integration of public health coursework with students’ clinical interests  
  • Opportunity for independent study, including research, health program design and evaluation, community health assessment

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.

Application Process

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, Assistant Director of Admissions, below:

Download the application release form (PDF)

Submit application release form

Curriculum

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.

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
MS1 DUCOM Fall semester/Spring semester curriculum DUCOM Fall semester/Spring semester curriculum DUCOM Fall semester/Spring semester curriculum  
MS2

DUCOM Fall semester curriculum

Dornsife SPH Intro to Public Health seminar series: one evening each month, Queen Lane Campus, October - April.

DUCOM Fall semester curriculum

Dornsife SPH Intro to Public Health seminar series: one evening each month, Queen Lane Campus, October - April.

DUCOM Spring semester Curriculum

DSPH Intro to Public Health seminar series, con’t.

Begin Clinical Rotations   
MS3 Clinical Rotations - 3rd year Clerkships Clinical Rotations - 3rd year Clerkships Clinical Rotations - 3rd year Clerkships
  • Global Study/ Field Experience
  • Integrated Learning/ Research Project
  • Elective
MPH FT Year

Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 cr)

Discipline/Specialization or Elective course (3 cr)

Discipline/Specialization or Elective course (3 cr)

Integrated Learning (1 cr)*

Introduction to Health Policy and Management (3 cr)

Discipline/Specialization or Elective course (3 cr)

Discipline/Specialization or Elective course (3 cr)

Integrated Learning (1 cr)*

Introduction to Community Health or Environmental Health (3 cr)

Discipline/Specialization or Elective course (3 cr)

Discipline/Specialization or Elective course (3 cr)

Integrated Learning (2 cr)*

 
MS4 4th year clerkships/DUCOM required courses 4th year clerkships/DUCOM required courses 4th year clerkships/DUCOM required courses  

* The Integrated Learning Experience (4 credits) may be completed at any point, including summer quarter.

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