Dual-degree Programs

Medicine and Public Health (MD-MPH)

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. 

Doctorate and Public Health (PhD-MPH)

PhD students at UTMB have the opportunity to earn the Master of Public Health degree while enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. MPH training provides select students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in public health research and practice careers. 

Our MPH Program includes coursework and learning experiences that prepare graduates to contribute to and apply the evidence base supporting population and public health. 

The dual degree plan combines MPH training with the doctoral degree program. Up to 12 credits in the student’s doctoral curriculum may count as dual credits in the MPH Program. Student advisory committees will include MPH faculty members and the student’s doctoral advisor.

To earn the MPH degree, students must 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 PhD-MPH dual degree program is through the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). PhD students must have completed one academic year in the GSBS before applying to the MPH program. 

To apply, doctoral students must complete the GSBS online application for the MPH, provide three letters of reference, and submit a current UTMB transcript. The application essay and reference letters should specifically address the student’s interest in public health and ability to complete the degree. One of the three letters must be from the student’s doctoral advisor and must state that the student will be allowed the necessary time to complete MPH coursework and requirements. Personal interviews with the MPH Admissions Committee will be scheduled. 

Medicine and Clinical Science (MD-MS)

Medical students at UTMB have the opportunity to earn the Master of Science degree through a five-year dual degree program. More physicians with such training are needed to translate basic science advances into new therapies and improved methods of disease prevention. 

The M.S. degree is offered by the graduate school’s Clinical Science Program, and provides formal, in-depth clinical research training in one of four tracks. The Clinical Science Graduate Program is one of three graduate programs administered by the Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health. 

The dual degree plan combines one year of graduate school with the four years of medical education. The recommended plan is for the graduate school 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. 

During the M.S. degree year, students complete required courses in the core knowledge areas of clinical science—biostatistics, epidemiology, prevention & public health, research methods and ethics—and additional required courses directly applicable to major area of study along with elective courses and a clinical science research thesis. 

Application for the M.S. in Clinical Science is through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Applications must be completed before April 1 for a 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 clinical science and ability to complete the degree. Additional information regarding these letters may be found on the PMCH website under Clinical Science application at:http://pmch.utmb.edu/education/gradprogram/gradapplicationprocess.aspx 

Tuition support is available on a competitive basis. Students may apply for additional support for Year 4 from a variety of sources. Program staff will help in identifying such sources prior to admission to the program.

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