Curriculum for MD/MPH Dual Degree

MPH Student Handbook

Below is the recommended 1-year progression for MD students who wish to concurrently pursue an MPH degree.

First Year

  • BCH 601 Human Biochemistry I
  • BCH 602 Human Biochemistry II
  • IMED 601 Medical Nutrition
  • IMED 603 Clinical Problem Solving I
  • MED 605A Humanistic Foundations of Medicine I
  • MED 605B Humanistic Foundations of Medicine II
  • MED 606 Introduction to Patient Care I
  • PCB 600 Clinical Gross Anatomy and Embryology I
  • PCB 601 Clinical Gross Anatomy and Embryology II
  • PCB 602 Clinical Histology
  • PCB 603 Medical Neuroscience
  • PCB 610 Medical Cell Biology
  • PCB 611 Systems Physiology
  • PCHY 601 Human Behavior

Second Year

  • BCH 603 Medical Molecular Genetics
  • MED 604 Clinical Problem Solving II
  • MED 607 Introduction to Patient Care II
  • MED 609 Community Medicine and Health Policy
  • MICR 701 Medical Microbiology
  • PATH 601 General Human Pathophysiology/Laboratory Medicine
  • PATH 602 Systematic Human Pathophysiology/Laboratory Medicine
  • PCHY 602 Psychiatric Medicine
  • PHAR 601 Medical Pharmacology I

Between Second and Third Year of MD Training

Public Health Core (18 credits)

  • CHS 700 Research Methods for Public Health (3)
  • CHS 701 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3)
  • CHS 712 Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
  • CHS 725 Health and the Environment (3)
  • CHS 755 Health Policy and Administration (3)
  • CHS 780 Biostatistics in Public Health (3)

Public Health Emphasis (15-18 credits)

Complete one of the following emphasis areas:

Epidemiology
  • CHS 703R Applied Health Data Analysis (3)
  • CHS 708 Epidemiology II (3)
  • CHS 709R Epidemiologic Research Design and Planning (3)
  • CHS 753 Health Informatics (3)
  • CHS 747 Applied Research methods in Public Health
Health Administration and Policy
  • CHS 695 Special Problems in Public Health: Healthcare Finance
  • CHS 720 Health Program Planning (3)
  • CHS 741 Methods in Health Policy Analysis (3)
  • CHS 756 Organizational Behavior in Health Services (3)
  • CHS 758 Information Systems in Health Services Management (3)
  • ECON 620 Economics of Health Care and Health Policy
Social and Behavioral Health
  • CHS 705 Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion (3)
  • CHS 720 Health Program Planning (3)
  • CHS 721 Program Evaluation in Public Health (3)
  • CHS 747 Applied Research Methods in Public Health (3)
  • CHS 704 Grant Writing (3)

*MD/MPH students take all courses of the MPH program in one year except CHS 798 MPH Internship (3 credits) and CHS 796 Special Problems in Public Health (MPH Capstone) (3 credits). The final MPH courses are incorporated into an MD student’s fourth year.

Suggested 1-Year Course Progression for Epidemiology Emphasis
Suggested 1-Year Course Progression for Epidemiology Emphasis
SemesterCoursesCredits
Summer #1 (first term)
  • CHS 700R: Research Methods (Online) (3)
3
Summer #1 (second term)
  • CHS 712: Epidemiology in Public Health (Online) (3)
3
Fall semester
  • CHS 780: Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • CHS 701: Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3)
  • CHS 708: Epidemiology II (3)
  • Health Policy and Administration (3)
  • Epidemiology Elective (3)
  • *Epidemiology Elective (3) (*Approved elective from medical curriculum transferred)

15

*3 Transferred

Spring semester
  • CHS 703R: Applied Health Data Analysis (3)
  • CHS 709: Epidemiologic Research Design & Planning (3)
  • CHS 753: Health Informatics (3)
  • CHS 747: Applied Research Methods in Public Health (3)
  • CHS 725: Health and the Environment (3)
15
For MD/MPH students, the field studies credits (3) are shared units with medical electives. The culminating experience (capstone) credits (3) are completed later in their medical program after medical electives are completed.
Suggested 1-Year Course Progression for Health Administration and Policy Emphasis
Suggested 1-Year Course Progression for Health Administration and Policy Emphasis
SemesterCoursesCredits
Summer #1 (first term)
  • CHS 700R: Research Methods (Online) (3)
3
Summer #1 (second term)
  • CHS 712: Epidemiology in Public Health (Online) (3)
3
Year 1: Fall semester
  • CHS 701: Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3)
  • CHS 755: Health Policy & Administration (3)
  • CHS 720: Health Program Planning (3)
  • CHS 758: Information Systems in Health Services Management (3)
  • ECON 620: Economics of Health Care and Health Policy (3)
  • *HAP Elective (3) (*Approved elective from medical curriculum transferred)

15

*3 Transferred

Year 1: Spring semester
  • CHS 741: Methods in Health Policy Analysis (3)
  • CHS 756: Organizational Behavior in Health Services (3)
  • CHS 725: Health and the Environment (3)
  • CHS 780 Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • Health Care Finance (3)
15
For MD/MPH students, the field studies credits (3) are shared units with medical electives. The culminating experience (capstone) credits (3) are completed later in their medical program after medical electives are completed.
Suggested 1-Year Course Progression for Social and Behavioral Health Emphasis
Suggested 1-Year Course Progression for Social and Behavioral Health Emphasis
SemesterCoursesCredits
Summer #1 (first term)
  • CHS 700R: Research Methods (Online) (3)
3
Summer #1 (second term)
  • CHS 712: Epidemiology in Public Health (Online) (3)
3
Year 1: Fall semester
  • CHS 780: Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • CHS 701: Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3)
  • CHS 705: Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion (3)
  • CHS 720: Health Program Planning (3)
  • CHS 704: Grant Writing (3)
  • *SBH Elective (3) (*Approved elective from medical curriculum transferred)

15

*3 Transferred

Year 1: Spring semester
  • CHS 721: Program Evaluation in Public Health (3)
  • CHS 755: Health Policy & Administration (3)
  • CHS 747: Applied Research Methods in Public Health (3)
  • CHS 725: Health and the Environment (3)
  • SBH Elective (3)
15
For MD/MPH students, the field studies credits (3) are shared units with medical electives. The culminating experience (capstone) credits (3) are completed later in their medical program after medical electives are completed.

Third Year (Required Clerkships)

  • FCM 651 Family Medicine
  • IMED 651 Internal Medicine
  • MED 611 Transition to Clinical Medicine
  • MED 651 Clinical Reasoning to Medicine
  • OBGY 651 Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • PCHY 651 Psychiatry
  • PEDI 651 Pediatrics
  • SURG 651 Surgery

Fourth Year

  • MED 608 Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Health
  • Electives examples that can be adapted to overlap with MPH program*
    • FCM 661E Advanced Public Health and Preventive Medicine
    • FCM 662 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nutrition
    • IMED 662/IMED 662P International Medical Experience
    • MED 608 Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Health
    • MED 661L Advanced Clinical Experience in Underserved Areas
    • OBGY 661R Advanced Women’s Health Care
    • PEDI 661F Clinical Allergy and Immunology
    • PEDI 661T Organizational Aspects of Health Care Delivery
    • PEDI 661Z Pediatric Genetics
    • PEDI 662F HIV/AIDS Clinical Medicine
    • PEDI 690 Independent study in Pediatrics

*Some other electives may be available that are not on the list

MPH Culminating Experience

  • During the Fourth Year, students will use School of Medicine clinical elective credits (6) to fulfill the MPH internship requirement (270 hours of public health focused activities). These credits must have a significant public health focus, which can be determined by the Internship Coordinator and the advisor, in conjunction with the clinical rotation.
  • Students are required to take CHS 796 Special Problems in Public Health (MPH Capstone) (3 credits) in the spring of their fourth year in order to complete the MPH degree.