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MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

Recognizing the growing need for physician leaders who want to make a difference in the health of our communities and to develop competencies in population and community health, Thomas Jefferson University offers an MD/MPH dual degree program. The program allows medical students at Jefferson Medical College to take the "one year plus" option in public health to obtain an MPH degree in conjunction with their medical school education.

After the second or third year of medical school, MD/MPH students can take a year of courses in public health that includes a short community-based public health experience (Clerkship) and a final Capstone project. The Capstone may be completed in the summer of the year in the public health program or during the following year of medical school. Students interested in this dual degree option should apply to the MPH program separately after enrollment in Jefferson Medical College.

Master of Public Health

The Master in Public Health (MPH) is a competency based program accredited through the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Core public health discipline areas are the following:

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Management and Policy

Required and elective courses as well as the Clerkship and Capstone projects fall into these core areas and focus on the acquisition of the following skills:

  • Analytic Assessment
  • Policy Development
  • Program Planning
  • Health Communication
  • Cultural Competency
  • Community Dimensions of Practice
  • Basic Public Health Sciences
  • Financial Planning and Management
  • Leadership and Systems Thinking

Where the MD/MPH Can Take You

Physicians and public health professionals with MD and MPH degrees have an expansive career track available to them including the administration of state or local public health departments or health centers, health insurance organizations, international health program management, non-governmental health organizations, academic positions with either a clinical or a research focus, the pharmaceutical industry, and of course, clinical health practice serving our most needy populations. Many providers with MD/MPH dual degrees work internationally in global health environments.

For further information on Jefferson's MD/MPH dual degree program, please contact Rob Simmons, DrPH, MPH, CHES, MPH Program Director, at (215) 955-7312.