Emory University School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health cooperate in a dual degree Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health program to prepare physicians for leadership roles in public health.
This program is intended for students with a baccalaureate degree who wish to enhance their medical training with further study in public health.
The MD/MPH Program is designed to be completed within five years, four of which are spent primarily in the School of Medicine. It is recommended, but not required, that the year spent in the School of Public Health follow the clinical rotation block year of medical school in the third year in the medical school curriculum. The program is not available to those who have received their MD degree.
Twenty-four Emory dual-degree students are pursuing their MPH studies at the School of Public Health in 2011-2012. Twenty Emory MDMPH students completed their MPH studies last year and now are in their final year of School of Medicine (see picture at bottom of page). Entry to the MPH year is contingent on satisfactory evaluation of academic standing and professional conduct in the School of Medicine. Between 32 and 35 credit hours of study at SPH, depending on Department, are required to achieve the MPH degree. This includes core courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, public policy, management, environmental health, and behavioral sciences, plus additional hours of electives/directed studies/thesis in the degree concentration. A thesis project or other capstone project is required for the MPH degree.These programs at RSPH supplement work completed in the School of Medicine that allows waiver of similar material at RSPH. This work in the School of Medicine typically takes place both before and after the year spent at RSPH. Therefore, the MPH degree is awarded by the RSPH at the time of medical school commencement.
Nine MD/MPH students pursuing their MPH studies during 2012-2013, along with faculty members Dr. John McGowan and Dr. Mike Goodman.
Candidates for the MD/MPH Program must apply to the School of Medicine and in addition submit a one page essay describing their interest in public health. The minimum requirements for admission to the MD/MPH dual degree program are identical to those for the School of Medicine. A copy of the School of Medicine application and the essay will be forwarded to the School of Public Health. Students applying to the MD/MPH dual degree program will have the opportunity to visit the School of Public Health and meet with faculty at the time of their medical school interview, and will be interviewed in the year prior to enrolling in the School of Public Health.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the dual degree program after they are accepted by the School of Medicine. Those who are not accepted into the dual degree program may complete a separate application for the MPH program. Extensive financial assistance opportunities for the MPH year are available to MD/MPH students through both schools (Medicine and Public Health).
Physicians with training in public health may work in a wide range of positions in public, private, or academic settings. The MPH degree offers the physician a significant advantage when seeking jobs which involve planning and managing health systems, performing clinical research, determining the causes of disease, or planning and implementing disease control strategies. Physicians with the MPH degree work in health departments, federal agencies, managed care and other health provider organizations, schools of public health and medicine, in the private practice arena, and in many other federal and international agencies. See the summary of positions occupied by some of the early graduates of this program and their comments about how their MPH degree helped in their current positions.
Public-health-related electives are offered in the fourth and fifth years. Electives, directed studies, and thesis projects outside North America have been pursued in Asia, Africa, Europe, the South Pacific, and Central and South America by students to date. The program also offers special opportunities such as the Global Field Experiences and the Emory- CDC Elective Rotation Fellowship. The Emory Institute for Global Health also offers exciting new opportunities to our students.
Selected student activities and interests are shown in:
The Fall 2008 RSPH Magazine discusses several students and their activities.
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Some of the 24 MD/MPH students pursuing their MPH studies during 2011-2012, along faculty members Dr. John McGowan and Dr. Carlos DelRio.
Some of the 21 MD/MPH students pursuing their MPH studies during 2010-2011, along with RSPH Dean Dr. James Curran and Program Director Dr. John McGowan
MD/MPH students who pursued their MPH studies during 2009-2010 (12 from Emory, 1 each from Georgetown, Mayo Medical School, University of Chicago, and University of Wisconsin), along with faculty members Dr. John McGowan and Dr. Carlos DelRio.
MD/MPH students pursuing their MPH studies during 2008-2009, along with Dr. McGowan, the MD/MPH Program Director
Dr. McGowan, the MD/MPH Program Director (one student absent).