Medicine & Public Health (MD/MPH)

Medicine and Public Health (MD/MPH) Dual Degree: Combining medical and public health education in preparation for a career of caring for the health of individuals and their communities.

The MD/MPH Dual Degree Program at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health is designed for students who envision a medical career that incorporates public health and medicine. The MD/MPH program prepares physicians for academic careers or for practice in today’s health care environment. This flexible program combines traditional MD preparation with an interdisciplinary certificate an area of public health. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue programs of study and practice placements that allow the exploration of the multifaceted relationships between medicine and population-focused public health disciplines. [For a discussion of the pros and cons of MD/MPH programs in general and the timing of public health course work, see the MD/MPH Guide at AMSA (American Medical Student Association).]

  • Number of credits: 40 credits in residence at the School of Public Health
  • Program length: Coursework in the dual degree program is generally completed over a period of five years.
  • Full-time or part-time: Full time

All medical students accepted to BUSM are eligible to apply to the MD/MPH dual degree program. Students interested in the MD/MPH program must apply to BUSM first. Selecting the MD/MPH program on the AMCAS application alerts the Admissions Office at BUSM that the student is interested in the dual degree program. It does not obligate the student to apply, and it has no impact on the likelihood of acceptance into BUSM.

There are no acceptance quotas for the combined program. Note that if a student enrolls in the program and changes his or her mind, that student may opt out without penalty. Medical students interested in applying to the MD/MPH program should contact the MD/MPH program director.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Donald Thea with questions and to obtain information regarding scholarship support.

Contact Information

For specific information or questions regarding the MD/MPH program, contact:

Donald Thea
Director, MD/MPH Program
Boston University School of Public Health
800 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-414-1271

Henry Wilder
Assistant Director of Admissions
Boston University School of Public Health
715 Albany Street, Talbot Building
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-414-1407