M.D./M.P.H. Dual Degree
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) offers a five-year MD/MPH dual degree program for students who want to better understand and address health issues on a population level. MD/MPH students are able to contextualize health and understand the determinants of health. In addition, students gain the research skills needed to engage in academic research.
Professionals with MD/MPH degrees may have interests in the following areas: prevention, health literacy, education and advocacy, policy analysis and development, evidence-based practice, academic research, quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation, health services research, health disparities, leadership and management, clinical research.
Students in the MD/MPH dual degree program must complete the two degree programs’ requirements before graduating with both degrees.
The MPH degree requires 42 hours of academic credit which includes a practicum experience and thesis research.
The year of MPH course work is composed of three academic terms: fall, spring, and summer. The summer term includes didactic courses and courses dedicated to independent work on the public health practicum and thesis.
The MD Program’s Research Immersion Phase may be completed before matriculating in the MPH Program, and/or it may be integrated with the MPH Program’s thesis and practicum requirements. This time should be planned in advance with input from the MPH Program.
How to apply
Medical students enrolled in Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) are eligible to apply.
Before a dual degree student can matriculate in the MPH Program, he or she must be in good academic standing with the MD Program and receive approval for his or her plan of study from the MPH Program director.
VUSM students should apply in the fall of their second year or in the fall of their third year by submitting an application to the Vanderbilt MPH Program in SOPHAS. Click here for application deadlines.
Before matriculating in the MPH Program, Vanderbilt medical students must successfully complete the following courses:
- Foundations of Medical Knowledge
- Foundations of Clinical Care
- Research 1 (Case)
- Research 2 (Discovery)
Programs of study
Students who wish to complete the MD/MPH Program have two options with respect to the timing of their year of MPH course work:
- Apply to the MPH Program in the fall of the second year of medical school
- Matriculate in the MPH Program after two years in the MD Program
- Apply to the MPH Program in the fall of the third year of medical school
- Matriculate in the MPH Program after three years in the MD Program
The MD/MPH dual degree program provides a cost-effective option to those interested in earning both degrees. Students are charged three full years of MD Program tuition and one year of MPH Program tuition. For their fifth year, they are charged half a year of MD Program tuition and half a year of MPH Program tuition.