MD/MPH Students

MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

Our MD/MPH Dual Degree program is one of only a few in the U.S. that offers the opportunity to obtain both the medical and public health degrees in four years. The MD/MPH educational track aims to foster and promote collegial and collaborative behaviors among students, faculty, physicians and patients. Furthermore, the MD/MPH track integrates the interdisciplinary faculty and diverse research programs from the Department of Public Health Sciences with the outstanding medical education experience found on the Miami Miller School of Medicine campus.

Despite the achievements and advancements in public health with respect to prevention, protection, and wellness services, there is a growing shortage of public health physicians to adequately meet the health challenges of the 21st century. According to an assessment conducted by the Association of Schools of Public Health, it is anticipated that there will be a need for 250,000 public health workers by 2020 in order to meet the world’s healthcare needs. Furthermore, in the face of globalization, the U.S. public health workforce must also be prepared to manage emerging health threats originating from other parts of the world.

Our integrated MD/MPH curriculum directly addresses this critical shortage of public health physicians nationally. Our students gain the cross-disciplinary knowledge, skills and experiences that are fundamental to a public health physician at the time of graduation from medical school. We integrate instruction on healthcare training for both individuals and populations across diverse and underserved communities.

The four year MD/MPH program provides a curriculum that truly integrates much of the MD and the MPH course work. Several new courses in both the MD curriculum and the MPH curriculum have been developed in order to enhance this integration.