M.D. Dual Degree Programs

For all M.D. dual degrees, except the M.D./Ph.D., the first three years are normally spent in the medical school program. Ideally, students will apply for dual degree status before enrolling in either degree program. However, M.D. students may elect to apply for admission to a recognized dual degree program at any time during their first three years in the medical school. Students who apply for admission to the medical school during their first year in another recognized dual degree may also be considered for dual degree status.

In most cases, after year three of the M.D. curriculum, students begin work on their other degree program. Depending on the other program, students may complete the second degree before returning to the medical school. The dual degree program allows students to reduce the period of time required to complete each degree separately, usually eliminating one full year of study.

Medical Scientist Training Program

The central goal of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Vanderbilt University is to train leaders in academic medicine. Our program is based on solid clinical and research training and is designed to foster the development of independent scientific careers. We provide students with an integrated curriculum comprising a strong core education in medicine and intensive training in scientific inquiry. Successful completion of the program leads to both the MD and PhD degrees. MSTP students come from a diverse applicant pool drawn from throughout the nation and abroad.

M.D./J.D.

Students must apply separately to both the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Vanderbilt Law School and be accepted by both programs to pursue the dual M.D./J.D. degree.

Students in the dual M.D./J.D. program will have the opportunity to complete both degrees in six years.

M.D./M.S. in Biomedical Informatics

Students must apply separately to both the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and must be accepted by both programs to pursue the dual M.D./M.S. in biomedical informatics degree.

Students in the dual M.D./M.S. in biomedical informatics program will have the opportunity to complete both degrees in six years.

M.D./M.Div. and M.D./M.T.S.

Students with interest in medical and divinity degrees will have the opportunity to enroll in one of two dual degree programs. Students must apply separately to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Vanderbilt Divinity School and be accepted by both to pursue the M.D./M.Div. (M.D./Master of Divinity) or the M.D./M.T.S. (M.D./Master of Theological Studies) degree.

Students in the dual M.D./M.Div. program will have the opportunity to complete both degrees in six years.

The Master of Divinity is a professional degree and prepares students for the practice of ministry. This program has a required field education component as part of the Master of Divinity degree requirements. In this program, students will carry 15 credit hours per semester while in the Divinity School

M.D./M.Ed.

Education is an integral part of medicine. The word “doctor” comes from the Greek word meaning “teacher.” Whether a student chooses a career in research or clinical practice, there always will be a need to teach students, patients, and colleagues. Students who choose the M.D./M.Ed. dual degree program may be interested in patient education or in a career in an academic center working in medical education. They also may be interested in leadership positions at the national level that interface with health policy and education. Education will be a large part of prevention in future medical practice.

Students must apply separately to both the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Peabody College of Education and Human Development and be accepted by both programs to pursue the dual M.D./M.Ed. degree.

Students in the dual M.D./M.Ed. program will have the opportunity to complete both degrees in five years..

M.D./M.P.H.

Students must apply separately to the M.D. and the M.P.H. programs in the School of Medicine and be accepted by both programs to pursue the dual M.D./M.P.H. degree.

The M.P.H. degree requires 42 academic credit hours of course work, which include didactic core and track-specific courses, as well as courses associated with the public health practicum and thesis.

Dual degree students spend a minimum of four terms focused on M.P.H. required course work. Students typically complete most or all of the required 42 credit hours during these four terms. The summer term includes didactic courses in the month of May and the completion of the public health
practicum.

The M.D. program’s Research Immersion Phase may be completed before matriculating in the M.P.H. program, and/ or it may be integrated with the M.P.H. program’s thesis requirements. This time should be planned in advance with input from both the M.D. and M.P.H. programs.

An important component of the M.P.H. program is a mentored research investigation. Pre-identification of a qualified faculty member willing to serve as the student’s mentor should be arranged with the help of M.P.H. program staff.

Before a dual degree student can matriculate in the M.P.H. program, he or she must be in good academic and financial standing with the M.D. program and receive approval for his or her plan of study from the M.P.H. program director.

Students in the dual M.D./M.P.H. program will have the opportunity to complete both degrees in five years. Additional information may be found at medschool.vanderbilt.edu/mph/md-mph.

M.D./MBA

Students must apply separately to both the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and be accepted by both programs to pursue the dual M.D./MBA degree.

Students in the dual M.D./MBA program will have the opportunity to complete both degrees in five years. The first three years are spent in medical school. Students spend their fourth year at the Owen School and then spend the fall semester of year five in medical school and the spring semester of year five at the Owen School.

M.D./M.A. in Medicine, Health, and Society

In 2008, the Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate approved a master of arts degree in Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS). The proposal for this fully interdisciplinary degree originated from the Vanderbilt University Center for Medicine, Health, and Society (CMHS), which was established in 2003. The goals of CMHS are to promote the study of health and health care in their social, cultural, and historical contexts, and to explore the interface of bioscience, technology, and the humanities.

In addition to educating outstanding clinicians, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is committed to developing future leaders and scholars in medicine. We recognize that the current challenges facing health and health care demand leaders and scholars in many areas related to medicine. The M.A. in MHS allows selected students to extend their scholarly interests in interdisciplinary areas, although prior work in one of those areas is not required. The MHS degree provides students with additional knowledge and research experience to prepare them for academic careers focused on the political, social, economic, and cultural contexts of the practice of medicine, as well as on biomedical ethics, patient-provider relationships, and health policy.

Students must be accepted by both the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Graduate School, and acceptance to one program will not ensure acceptance to the other.

Dual degree students will be able to enter the M.A. program after any year of medical school. If students choose to begin their M.A. studies after the fourth year, they will be allowed to delay graduation until after completion of both degrees, as long as they are officially enrolled in the dual degree program. Requirements for the M.D. degree will be the same as those for non-dual-degree students. Students will have the opportunity to complete both degrees in five years.

M.D./MSCI

The Vanderbilt Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program trains investigators in the techniques and processes utilized in patient-oriented research. Through a formal mentored research program combined with didactic work, the program provides trainees with a strong foundation in study design, biostatistics, biomedical ethics, genomics, and drug and device development. There are a number of electives, including but not limited to advanced epidemiology, epigenetics, data management, and big data that allow trainees to get more in-depth involvement in specialized subject. A critical component of the MSCI Program is direct mentored experience during the training period, and beyond. Hands-on research involvement and continued exposure to the patient-oriented research environment are major requirements of the MSCI Program. The program typically takes two years to complete. Graduates are expected to successfully compete for grants such as the K23, VA CDA, R01, and major foundation grants.