Medical students at UTMB have the opportunity to earn the Master of Public Health degree through a five-year dual degree program (MD-MPH). MPH training provides select medical students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in careers that bridge medicine and public health.
Our MPH Program includes coursework and learning experiences that prepare graduates to practice evidence-based and community-oriented public health in a range of clinical, occupational, and community settings.
The dual degree plan combines one year of MPH training with the four years of medical education. The recommended plan is for the MPH year to be scheduled between years 3 and 4 of medical school, with three terms (one year) of graduate school enrollment starting in late August (School of Medicine period 3). USMLE Step II examinations must be completed before graduate school enrollment begins.
MPH faculty review medical school transcripts to identify possible dual credits in the SOM curriculum. After completing the MPH, students will receive credit for three periods of electives and selectives toward year 4 of medical school.
During the MPH year, students complete required courses in the core knowledge areas of public health—biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences—and additional required courses relevant to public health practice and research.
Application for the MPH program is through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Applications must be completed before June 1 for fall enrollment. To apply, medical students must complete the GSBS application, provide three letters of reference, submit a current UTMB transcript, and pay the appropriate application fee.
The application essay and reference letters should specifically address the student’s interest in public health and ability to complete the degree. Personal interviews with the MPH Admissions Committee will be scheduled. The online application process can be accessed at: http://www.utmb.edu/onlineapp.
Tuition support is available on a competitive basis. To be considered for this support, students should complete their applications by April 15.