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MPH/Doctor of Medicine

The MD/MPH joint degree program is designed to train physicians with the knowledge and skills needed to recognize, analyze and address health problems at a population-level. Students learn to identify the social, economic, environmental and cultural determinants of health, and they prepare to apply evidence-based approaches to disease prevention, health promotion and health policy.

Available exclusively to current Washington University School of Medicine students pursuing their Doctor of Medicine degree, students in this joint-degree program earn a Master of Public Health degree from the Brown School in one additional year of study.

MD/MPH Application Information

MD/MPH joint-degree program is available only to current third-year Washington University School of Medicine students. Students wishing to add the MPH must apply through SOPHAS Express, which provides an abbreviated application process. Read more about the SOPHAS Express application process

MD/MPH Application Requirements

You will be required to submit the following materials:

  • Comprehensive Resume orCurriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Standardized Test Score (e.g. MCAT)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a School of Medicine faculty member
  • Application Fee

A detailed description of each application requirement is available in the SOPHAS Express portal. 

MD/MPH Application Timeline

Students apply to the MPH program during their third year in the MD Program.

  • Mid-August: The MPH application opens on SOPHAS Express
  • December 15: Deadline to submit MPH Application
  • February 1: Applicants notified of admissions/scholarship decision
  • April 1: Deadline to confirm intent to enroll and submit non-refundable tuition deposit

Learn more about the MPH program and application.

MD/MPH Curriculum requirements: 41 Credits

Foundation Level Sequence: 15 Credits

  • Health Behavior and Promotion
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Administration and Policy
  • Environmental Health

Research Methods Sequence: 9 Credits

  • Research Methods
  • Applied Linear Modeling
  • Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
MPH Seminars & Lectures: 3 Credits
  • Public Health Seminar
  • Cross Cutting Themes in Public Health
Transdisciplinary Problem Solving (TPS): 6 Credits
  • Transdisciplinary Problem Solving Courses (2)
MPH Skill Labs: 2-3 Credits
  • Skill Labs (2-3)
MPH Practicum: 3 Credits
  • MPH Practicum
MPH Capstone: 2 Credits 
  • A learning experience that synthesizes foundational and advanced public health competencies
  • Sit for the CPH (Certified in Public Health) Exam
Lora Iannotti and Will Ross

Lora Iannotti is an associate professor and assistant dean of public health at the Brown School. Her research focuses on maternal and child nutrition in resource-poor communities, and she has research sites in Haiti, Ecuador and Malawi. Iannotti directs the E3 Nutrition Lab at the Brown School.

Will Ross is a professor of medicine and the associate dean for diversity at Washington University's School of Medicine. Committed to reducing health disparities in underserved communities, Ross has launched numerous programs aimed at increasing access to health care. 

MD MPH Student Emily Davis

Featured Student

"My goal is to practice rural medicine, but many health challenges in rural areas can't be addressed solely on an individual basis. I am pursuing the MD/MPH program to have a more broad and lasting impact on my community."

—Emily Davis, md/mph candidate