The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree whose purpose is to provide students, some of whom are concurrently enrolled in professional schools, and health professionals with the opportunity for formal training in public health. There is an increasing need for well-trained physicians who have a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of public health issues.
The goal of the MD/MPH Program is to facilitate the attainment of both degrees within a five-year program. Students have the option of specializing in one of three concentrations:
- Community and Population Health
- Global Health
The MPH degree requires 42 credit hours, including 17 credits from core courses and a six-credit hour supervised project, the Capstone Experience. Students must complete all of the core courses prior to beginning the Capstone Experience course, a supervised, public-health field experience that requires substantive application of the knowledge and skills acquired in the MPH core courses and in courses taken in the area of concentration-required courses. Students must have completed all concentration courses, as well, before taking the capstone course. For medical students, this usually falls in their senior year.