Dual-Degree: MD / MPH

ABOUT THE DOCTOR OF MEDICINE / MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MD/MPH) DUAL-DEGREE

In partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, the School of Public Health offers medical students the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) alongside a Master of Public Health (MPH) – providing strong interdisciplinary training in medicine and public health. The MD/MPH dual-degree program allows medical students to complete both their doctoral degree and the MPH degree in four or five years depending on which various alternative schedule is chosen.

LOCATION

New Brunswick for students enrolled in Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Newark for students enrolled in New Jersey Medical School

ADMISSIONS

Application to the MD/MPH dual-degree program is limited to students who have already been accepted at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School or New Jersey Medical School.  However, a student already enrolled in the MPH may join the MD/MPH program if subsequently admitted to RWJMS or NJMS medical school.  A limited number of full scholarships may be offered by each medical school to support the MPH degree for students in the dual-degree program on their campus. Interested students are encouraged to discuss their options with the program contact as early as possible (see program contacts below). In special circumstances, applications may be accepted through the Spring of the third year of medical school.
Application for this degree program is available through a School of Public Health campus office.

CURRICULUM

The MPH curriculum will be tailored for the individual. In general, MD/MPH students enroll full-time in the School of Public Health for a full year after their third year of medical school. Other MPH coursework may be completed before medical school, during the summer after first year of medical school, in the fourth year of medical school or after graduation from medical school. Students take all courses in the School of Public Health for a grade (i.e. not pass/fail) for it to count toward the MD/MPH. In addition, MD/MPH students may be allowed up to six transfer credits as electives for prior study related to the Biological Basis of Health gained through the medical school curriculum. MPH coursework may also be accepted into the MD curriculum as electives with permission from the respective medical school. Visit the MPH degree webpage or each department's webpage for more information about the MPH curriculum.

Program Contact for MD/MPH Dual Degree with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School:
At the School of Public Health: George G. Rhoads, MD, MPH

Program Contact for MD/MPH Dual Degree with New Jersey Medical School:
At the School of Public Health: William E. Halperin, MD, DrPH, MPH