Physicians are educated and trained on how to diagnose and treat human disease. Public health professionals assess factors affecting health, critique and apply research findings, and develop strategies and implement various measures to promote health and prevent disease. Thus, integrated education and training toward the combined MD and Masters in Public Health (MPH) degrees complement and enhance each other and provide health care professionals with greater understanding of health issues and better tools to understand and prevent human diseases.
The Program in Public Health (PPH) and the College of Human Medicine (CHM) at Michigan State University are proud to partner and offer students a dual MD/MPH degree. The MPH is an online program consisting of 42 credits: 18 credits of core courses, 18 credits of electives, and a culminating experience of 6 credits.
Interested students must apply to both CHM and the MSU Graduate School. Information regarding the MPH application process can be found on the Division of Public Health website. The applicant is evaluated independently by both the CHM and PPH Admissions Committees. If accepted into both programs, the student has two options for earning their dual degree.
The first option (option A) is to complete their MPH coursework prior to beginning medical school, actually delaying matriculation by one year. Option B has the student complete their preclinical years (years one and two) of medical school, take year three off to complete their MPH coursework, and then return to medical school for their clinical years (years three and four).
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With either option, students work with their CHM and MPH advisors to develop a curriculum plan that supports their studies in both areas. Students complete the culminating experience portion of their MPH coursework during an elective clerkship at the end of their studies.
Students interested in learning more may contact the Program in Public Health Office at (517) 353-4883 or email@example.com.