Public Health MD/MPH

Major: Public Health / Medicine
Degree Awarded: Medical Doctor (MD); Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 56.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111; 21-1091; 25-1071; 21-1094

About the Program

Drexel University College of Medicine offers a joint five-year program with Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health for students to pursue both a medical degree and a master's degree in public health. Most MD/MPH students complete a year of MPH coursework between the 3rd and 4th year of medical school. 

In this program, students learn to be physicians with a public-health orientation. The program, built on a foundation of health and human rights, provides strong interdisciplinary training in clinical medicine and population health sciences, including community health and prevention, health care management and policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health. Students will choose one of the existing MPH majors to pursue and will complete the selected major requirements. All students complete an independent project in an area of their choosing that aligns with their public health and clinical interests.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the joint MD/MPH program must be accepted to both the Drexel College of Medicine and the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Incoming Medical Students

Eligible applicants to the MD/MPH program must first submit their application to the Drexel University College of Medicine. On the College of Medicine's supplemental application, please check the "public health interest" box to be considered for the MD/MPH program. If the applicant is accepted to the College of Medicine, they will then be reviewed for admission to the dual degree program. If applicant is accepted to DUCOM, they will then be contacted to be reviewed for admission to the dual degree program. Applicants must release their medical school application, and provide a brief essay regarding their public health interests.

Current Medical Students

Students currently enrolled in the College of Medicine may also apply to the MD/MPH. DUCOM students in good standing who are enrolled in any year of the program may apply by May 1st of the calendar year in which they plan to matriculate in the MPH component of the degree. Students must also submit a letter of support from the DUCOM Dean of Student Affairs and complete the application release form.

Degree Requirements

Program Requirements
Shared credits with DUCOM for medical school coursework completed12.0
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Discipline Courses and Electives24.0-33.0
Integrated Learning Experience4.0-6.0
Total Credits56.0-67.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
Drexe University College of Medicine Coursework 
 Term Credits0.0
Term 2
Drexe University College of Medicine Coursework 
 Term Credits0.0
Term 3
Drexe University College of Medicine Coursework 
 Term Credits0.0
Term 4
Drexe University College of Medicine Coursework 
 Term Credits0.0
Term 5
Clinical Rotations - 3rd year Clerkships 
 Term Credits0.0
Term 6
Clinical Rotations - 3rd year Clerkships 
 Term Credits0.0
Term 7
Clinical Rotations - 3rd year Clerkships 
 Term Credits0.0
Term 8
Credits Awarded from DUCOM to MPH12.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
Discpline Courses and Electives9.0-12.0
 Term Credits28.0-31.0
Term 9
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Discpline Courses and Electives6.0-9.0
Integrative Learning Experience2.0-3.0
 Term Credits15.0-19.0
Term 10
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
Discpline Courses and Electives9.0-12.0
Integrative Learning Experience2.0-3.0
 Term Credits13.0-17.0
Total Credit: 56.0-67.0
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