Dual Program MD MPH

Medicine and Public Health Dual Degree (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.

Scheduling & Curriculum

The recommended plan of study is to schedule the MPH program year between years 3 and 4 of medical school. The graduate year consists of three terms beginning during or after period 3 of the medical school curriculum: Fall (August through December), Spring (January through April), Summer (April through August). Students must complete the USMLE Step II before enrolling in the graduate school.

Dual degree students must complete the degree plan for the 1-year MPH: Epidemiology degree. A breakdown of courses by semester can be found below. 

1-year MPH curriculum

Introduction to Epidemiology (PHS 6330; 3 cr.)
Biostatistics (PHS 6296-006; 2 cr.)
Foundations in Public Health (PHS 6015; 3 cr.)
Public Health Applications (PHS 6324; 3 cr.)
Introduction to Data Management (PHS 6210; 2 cr.)

Total credits: 13 
Epidemiological Methods (PHS 6333; 3 cr.)
Applied Statistical Methods (PHS 6347; 3 cr.)
Social Determinants of Health (PHS 6296-006; 2 cr.)
Infectious Disease Epidemiology (PHS 6233; 2 cr.)
Chronic Disease Epidemiology (PHS 6234; 2 cr.)
Health Policy & Management (PHS 6384; 3 cr.)

Total credits: 15
Ethics of Science (MEHU 101; 1 cr.)
Public Health Practice Experience (PHS 6070; 4 cr.)
Public Health Professional Development (PHS 6XXX; 3 cr.)
Capstone/Integrative Learning Experience (PHS 6XXX; 3 cr.)
Research Rotation (PHS 6011; 3 cr.) 

Total credits: 14 credit hours
MD-MPH Program Flyer

This is the flyer for the MD-MPH program.

How to Apply

UTMB Health School of Medicine students may apply to the program through the UTMB Health Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Applications must be submitted by June 1 for fall enrollment.

To apply:

  • Complete GSBS application at http://www.utmb.edu/OnlineApp/
  • Provide three (3) letters of reference
  • Submit current UTMB Health transcript
  • Pay application fee

The MPH Admissions Committee may also schedule personal interviews with candidates.


Preventive Medicine Graduate Programs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

Phone: (409) 772-6635


small_pennelCara Pennel, DrPH, MPH
Public Health Graduate Program
Phone: (409) 772-2288
Email: clpennel@utmb.edu


Leslie Stalnaker, MPHLeslie Stalnaker, MPH
Coordinator II,
Public Health Graduate Program
(409) 772-5271
Email: lastalna@utmb.edu