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Dual Degree Requirements

These requirements apply only to students obtaining a second degree at Vanderbilt University. Students must begin the approval process at least by April 1 prior to the start of the leave.

  1. Students first meet with the Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs (ADMSA) to discuss the second degree.
  2. Students complete and submit the Alternative Pathway Request form to Enrollment Services and the ADMSA.
  3. Students complete the three-year blank schedule planner and submit to immersion.phase@vanderbilt.edu.
    1. Immersion Phase, Research, FHD and LC (electronically) sign off on the proposed schedule.
    2. Approval notification to the student, ADMSA and Enrollment Services will come from immersion.phase@vanderbilt.edu.
  4. The ADMSA formally approves the alternative pathway/dual degree after student schedule approval is received.
C2.0 Requirements (in Months) Ongoing Longitudinal Courses
4 Integrated Science Courses (ISCs) — on campus Foundations of Health Care Delivery (10 units)

  • 5 units taken during Intersessions
  • 5 units taken longitudinally, paired with other courses during the Immersion Phase
1 Acting Internship — on campus
4 Advanced Clinical Experiences (ACEs) — on campus Learning Communities (8 units)
3 Research Immersion*
2 Competency and Interest-driven Rotations

  • can be ISCs, ACEs, Away ACEs, AIs or Advanced Electives
  • away with approval
  • one must be clinical
Overall Requirements
14 months required
6 flex months (4 flex + 2 months for Step 1 in July/August of year 3 + 1 month for interviews in December of year 4)
May register for up to 18 rotations
Must include:

  • 1 Primary Care course (ACE: PC (VU or away), ACE: Adolescent Medicine or ISC: Community Healthcare)
  • 1 Acute Care course (ACE: Emergency Medicine or any ICU-based course, including ISC: Critical Care or critical care ACEs)

 

Research Immersion
*It is strongly recommended that students contact the Office of Medical Student Research to discuss dual degree plans before enrollment in the degree program. Waiver request required for all dual degree students. Any request for research extensions require review of entire schedule.
MPH: PLAN and Research Immersion requirements fulfilled by degree coursework.
MDiv: PLAN and Research Immersion required.
MBA: PLAN and Research Immersion requirements may be fulfilled by degree coursework. Evidence required for waivers.
MEd: PLAN and Research Immersion requirements fulfilled by degree coursework.
MSCI: PLAN and Research Immersion requirements fulfilled by degree coursework.
MTS: If taking the thesis track, PLAN and Research Immersion requirements may be fulfilled by degree coursework. Evidence required for waivers.
LLM: PLAN and Research Immersion requirements may be fulfilled by degree coursework. Evidence required for waivers.

 

Learning Communities
Some Learning Communities requirements are fulfilled by graduate degree coursework.
MPH: all 8 units required; recommended to complete in Y3
MDiv: all 8 units required; recommended to complete in Y3
MBA: 4 units required (LC1, LC2, LC6 and LC7); recommended to complete in Y3
MEd: 7 units required (LC1, LC3, LC4, LC5, LC6, LC7 and LC8); recommended to complete in Y3
MSCI: Will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
MTS: Will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
LLM: Will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

 

Foundations of Health Care Delivery
Please view the FHD document for details on Dual Degree equivalencies for MBA and MPH students.
MPH: 5 longitudinal units required (QI 1-3, IPE2, and PS recommended to complete in Y3) plus both year 3 intersessions (AC1/PHP and AC2/IPE1)
MDiv: all 11 units required, including content of 4th year intersession (via attendance or alternative pathway depending on individual student’s schedule).
MBA: 5 longitudinal units required (QI 1-3, IPE2, and PS recommended to complete in Y3) plus both year 3 intersessions (AC1/PHP and AC2/IPE1)
MEd: all 11 units required, including content of 4th year intersession (via attendance or alternative pathway depending on individual student’s schedule).
MSCI: Will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
MTS: Will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
LLM: Will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis