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Dual Degree Program MD/MPH

Drexel University College of Medicine offers a joint five-year program with Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health for students to pursue both a medical degree and a master's degree in public health.

In this program, students learn to be physicians with a public-health orientation. The program, built on a foundation of health and human rights, provides strong interdisciplinary training in clinical practice, prevention, hygiene, education and policy making.

Drexel University has the only accredited school of public health in Philadelphia, a valuable resource to aspiring physicians with an interest in global health studies.

Meet MD/MPH Students and Alumni

Read about program alumni Laura Urbanski '15, Allison Myers ’12, Zach Risler ’13 and Halima Amjad ’09, in "The MD/MPH Program: Influencing the Informing Health Policy," in the fall 2015 issue of the Alumni Magazine.


MD/MPH students typically complete the program in five years: four years of medical school and one year in the Drexel University School of Public Health. During their medical school years, students take two online courses and a seminar series for their master's degree. Students also have the opportunity to participate in several summer internships and study abroad programs.

Medical School Year 1

1st Semester
Medical School Course Work

2nd Semester
Medical School Course Work
PBHL 701 - Introduction to Biostatistics
PBHL 702 - Introduction to Epidemiology
Students have the option of completing these online courses any 2nd semester prior to summer institute.

Summer (Optional)

Bridging the Gaps (Other Experience)

Medical School Year 2

1st and 2nd Semester
Medical School Course Work
PBHL 503S - Introduction to Public Health
This course takes the form of a seminar one evening a month throughout year two of medical school that gives students an overall understanding of public health that is taught at the medical school campus.

Medical School Year 3

Clinical Rotations


Institute during the summer after 3rd year clinical exposes students to each public health discipline over 3 weeks. It is an intensive exposure to Community Health and Prevention, Health Management and Policy, and Environmental and Occupational Health.

Public Health School Year

Public Health School Course Work

Medical School Year 4

Clinical Rotations

Students also have the opportunity to take elective global health courses and to experience a trip abroad.

Career Opportunities

The goal of the MD/MPH program is to fast track graduates into physician leadership positions. Some potential career paths may lead to these positions:

  • Public health commissioners
  • Medical directors
  • Hospital administrators
  • Clinician researchers

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