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MD and MPH Dual Degree Program

About the Dual MD/MPH

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 for research, health program design and evaluation, and community health assessment
  • 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 


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
Health Management and Policy

Renee Turchi, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Community Health and Prevention and Pediatrics

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 this application release form for the MPH portion of the degree.

Application release form (PDF)

Submit the completed application release form to:

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention

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.

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 MD/MPH program, and by the academic departments in the Dornsife School of Public Health that align with these pathways.

Review Degree Requirements and Courses

Sample plan of Study


Esther Chernak, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate Research Professor
Director of MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention