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Combined Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Anderson, Lisa S., M.P.H.
Graduate Program Director
(804) 628-2512

Note: Students applying to the joint M.D./M.P.H. program should be accepted to the VCU School of Medicine prior to applying to the M.D./M.P.H. program. MCAT acceptable in lieu of GRE for combined professional/academic degree programs.

The Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health offers a program for VCU medical students to obtain a Master of Public Health degree in conjunction with their medical training. The M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree program provides an opportunity for medical students who wish to pursue a public health or research career to graduate from medical school trained in both clinical and preventive, population-oriented medicine. Graduates from this program are prepared for positions in preventive medicine, primary care, research, community-based health centers and local health departments. Students complete a set of core and required courses plus nine credits of elective course work and a capstone project.

The objective of the dual-degree M.D./M.P.H. program is to provide high quality and in-depth training in public health to qualified medical students. The five-year program includes four years of medical school and one year of study in the M.P.H. program. During the M.P.H. year students take a minimum of 30 credits of didactic courses. To complete the M.P.H. requirements, students receive 12 credits for successful academic work during the first two years of medical school and take a minimum of one public health elective during the M-IV year. Students may register for the M.P.H. year either prior to entering medical school or after the M-III year and prior to M-IV electives. Enrollment in the dual-degree program requires admission into both the School of Medicine and the Graduate School. Students must successfully complete all required course work to receive both degrees at the completion of the five years.

Dual M.D.-M.P.H. program curriculum

BIOS 547 Applied Data Analysis in Public Health I 3
EPID 547 Applied Data Analysis Lab I 1.5
EPID 593 MPH Practicum 2
HCPR 601 Introduction to Health Policy 3
SBHD 605 Introduction to Social and Behavioral Health 3
Electives 3
BIOS 548 Applied Data Analysis in Public Health II 3
EPID 548 Applied Data Analysis Lab II 1.5
EPID 580 Public Health Ethics 1
EPID 604 Principles of Environmental Health 3
EPID 694 MPH Research Project 3
Elective 3

Selected course work completed during the M-I and M-II years of study for application toward the M.D. accounts for 12 credits toward the M.P.H. degree. This includes EPID 571. A public health elective rotation during the M-IV year satisfies the public health internship requirement.



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