M.D./M.P.H. Curriculum

Curricular overview

In the five-year M.D./M.P.H. dual degree program, you will take foundational M.P.H. coursework during the first two years of medical school. In the third year, you will focus full-time on the M.P.H., with most of the year devoted to coursework, research, and community engagement, with some variation by the focus of your M.P.H. There are two options for the combined degree - a focus in Epidemiology or a focus in Health Management and Policy. After completing the M.P.H. year, you will return to medical school with public health skills to complete the final two years of the M.D. program. You will also complete a practice experience during the last two years of medical school, applying the public health skills in a project.

By pairing the M.P.H. in either Epidemiology or Health Management and Policy with an M.D., you will be prepared to engage in population-based clinical practice, conduct research as a medical practitioner, and take leadership roles in public-health policy, research and advocacy.

Curriculum by year

Epidemology track
Summer Fall Winter Spring
Year 1 (MD-1) Complete 6 MPH credits MPH Curriculum: Epidemiology I (4 cr) MD Curriculum MPH Curriculum: Medicine and Public Health Seminar (1 cr) MPH Curriculum: Community Health Seminar (1 cr)
Year 2 (MD-2) MD Curriculum; (Certain SOM electives, such as Surgery and Inequalities, may be applied toward the MPH degree.) MD Curriculum MD Curriculum (Clinical rotations begin after USMLE Step 1.) MD Curriculum
Year 3 (MPH Year) MD Curriculum MPH Curriculum: Biostatistics I (4 cr); Values & Ethics (3 cr); Health Systems Organization (3 cr); Elective(s) - 3-6 credits. | 13-16 credits total MPH Curriculum: Epidemiology II (4 cr); Linear Models (4 cr); Current Issues in Public Health (2 cr); Qualitative Methods (2 cr); Elective(s), 2-4 credits. | 14-16 credits total MPH Curriculum: Epidemiology III (4 cr); Categorical Data Analysis (4 cr); Principles of Health Behavior (3 cr); Elective(s), 2-4 credits. | 16-18 credits total
Year 4 (MD-3) Complete 4-9 credits MPH Curriculum: Epi Data (4 cr.) MD Curriculum (finish core clinical rotations); MPH Curriculum: Complete Practice Experience (4 cr) and Integrative Project (1 cr). Continuation from previous quarter Continuation from previous quarter
Year 5 (MD-4) Complete 0-5 credits MD Curriculum; MPH Curriculum: Complete Practice Experience (4 cr) and Integrative Project (1 cr), if not done in previous year. Continuation from previous quarter Continuation from previous quarter Continuation from previous quarter
Health Management and Policy track
Summer Fall Winter Spring
Year 1 (MD-1) Complete 6 MPH credits MPH Curriculum: Epidemiology I (4 cr) MD Curriculum MPH Curriculum: Medicine and Public Health Seminar (1 cr) MPH Curriculum: Community Health Seminar (1 cr)
Year 2 (MD-2) MD Curriculum (Certain SOM electives, such as Surgery and Inequalities, may be applied toward the MPH degree.) MD Curriculum MD Curriculum (Clinical rotations begin after USMLE Step 1.) MD Curriculum
Year 3 (MPH Year) MD Curriculum Health Systems Organization (3 cr); Organizational Behavior in Health (3 cr); Financial Management of Health Services (3 cr); Introduction to Biostatistics (4 cr); Population Health (3 cr); (16 credits total) Health Policy (3 cr); Program Evaluation and Management in Health Services (3 cr); Health Care Information Technology and Systems Management (3 cr); Performance Improvement in Health (3 cr); Social Policy and Public Health (3 cr); (15 credits total) Strategic Management in Health (3 cr); Introduction to Health Economics (3 cr); Health Care Law and Regulation (3 cr); Concepts of Environmental Health (3 cr); Principles of Health Behavior (3 cr); (15 credits total)
Year 4 (MD-3) Complete 4-9 credits MPH Curriculum: Values and Ethics in Health (3 cr) MD Curriculum (finish core clinical rotations); MPH curriculum: Complete Practice Experience (4 cr) and Integrative Project (1 cr) Continuation from previous quarter Continuation from previous quarter
Year 5 (MD-4) Compete 0-5 MPH credits MD Curriculum; MPH Curriculum: Complete Practice Experience (4 cr) and Integrative Project (1 cr) if not done in previous year. Continuation from previous quarter Continuation from previous quarter Continuation from previous quarter

Students need 15 credits of HSMP electives. We strongly recommend HSMP 581: Population Health; HSMP 579: Health IT; HSMP 578: Performance Improvement; HSMP 584: Social Policy and Public Health (each 3 credits); plus 3 credits from the M.D. program to count for final HMP electives.

NOTE: Some winter/spring courses may need to be swapped depending on scheduling, but several courses are offered both quarters which gives flexibility.