Students accepted into the School of Medicine at New York Medical College may apply for admission to the MPH program, thereby providing an opportunity to pursue both degree programs simultaneously. MD/MPH students earn 46 credits (15 courses plus a practicum in public health). There are several pathways through which to pursue the 5-year MD/MPH degree including accelerated program options. Newly accepted medical students interested in the MD/MPH must contact the Associate Dean for Students Affairs of the School of Medicine to start the process and get approval.
Combining the two degrees, medicine and public health:
- Fosters a better appreciation of the effects of the interplay between community factors and individual behaviors on the health status of patients;
- Creates a better understanding of the basis of treatment and treatment outcomes for individual patients;
- Promotes an understanding of the delivery of health services, including the economic and legal aspects.
MD/MPH Accelerated Format
The accelerated MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Management is offered on-campus and online in a 12-month format over 3 consecutive semesters (summer, fall, and spring). It is designed to complement the education of physicians by providing a deeper understanding of concepts and principles of public health, community outreach, and systems management. Graduates of our program will be focused on developing the skills needed to derive and implement solutions affecting healthcare from a policy, management and planning perspective. Graduates are able to deliver solutions to all areas of healthcare and in settings that are local, national or global in nature.
Students participating in the program will cultivate their knowledge and expertise in:
- Concepts and principles of public health;
- Health reform in the U.S.;
- Socio-cultural components affecting community health needs;
- The use of biometrics to evaluate the quality of patient care and delivery systems, including patient safety and quality improvement initiatives;
- Environmental influences on public health;
- The structure and management of healthcare delivery systems.
The faculty brings a wealth of experience to the classroom with professional background in law, medicine, corporate and research settings. The cohort model and lock-step curriculum allows for maximum faculty contact and collaboration with fellow students. Courses that will be available online are taught by the same faculty as on campus, and academic standards related to curriculum, requirements and rigor are identical.
The schedule is designed to be completed in one year beginning in the summer semester. The curriculum consists of 15 courses (45 credits) and public health practicum for a total of 46 credits.
- Summer – 5 courses (15 credits)
- Fall – 6 courses plus practicum initiation (19 credits)
- Spring – 4 courses (12 credits)
- Comprehensive examination
The following courses are all 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.
Required core courses: 16 credits
Health Care in the United States
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to Epidemiology
Environmental Influences on Human Health
Behavioral and Social Factors in Public Health
Practicum (1 credit)
Required concentration courses: 18 credits
Law and Health
Financial Implications of Managing Health Care
Information Systems for Health Care Management
Approaches to System Improvement in Healthcare Operations
Electives: 12 credits* (Consult with Advisor)
Culminating Experience – Comprehensive Examination Required (0 credits)
* Global Health or Emergency Preparedness Graduate Certificate are options.
Admission is limited to medical students who are currently enrolled in a Medical Degree program and wish to take a Gap year or who have finished the Medical Degree and wish to complete a MPH prior to residency are eligible to apply. The following material must be submitted prior to the application deadline of April 1:
- A signed “Combined MD/MPH Program” form from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs of the School of Medicine giving permission to pursue both programs.
- Application with $50 non-refundable application fee
- A Personal Statement of approximately 250 words, indicating career and professional goals as they relate to the program
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary education completed*
* The Admissions office will arrange to obtain a copy of your official undergraduate transcript(s) that are already on file in the Registrar’s Office as part of your medical school records.
Alternative 5-year MD/MPH Option
- 5 core courses summer following first or second year of medical school.
- Remaining courses (other concentrations available with this pathway) taken online or on campus over the next 3-4 years (with a possible leave of absence for one year from medical school to complete online or live courses). No online work permitted during Year 3 Clinical program in medicine.
- Completion of all MPH degree requirements within 5 years.
- Admissions requirements are the same as the accelerated program.
Please contact the Admissions Office at 914-594-4510 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Page updated: June 18, 2014