MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

For dual MD/MPH degree-seeking students, 13 credits from the medical program curriculum will be included towards the MPH degree. These credits are supplemented with 31 credits of public health courses, which include a one-credit community medicine seminar series offered by the department, to form the basis of the MD/MPH degree.

If you are interested in pursuing an MD/MPH degree, first you must be admitted to the MD program and express interest our dual MPH program. When you have been accepted into SGU’s School of Medicine, the Office of Admission will send you an application for SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

 

The MD/MPH program consist of the following 44 public health course credit hours:

Public Health Core Courses (27 credits)
PUBH 803 Principles of Epidemiology 3 credits
PUBH 804 Principles of Biostatistics 3 credits
PUBH 805 Health Policy and Management 3 credits
PUBH 806 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health 3 credits
PUBH 807 Principles of Environmental Health 3 credits
PUBH 831 Concepts, Practice, and Leadership of Public Health 3 credits
PUBH 832 Public Health Research Methods and Ethics 3 credits
PUBH 893 Capstone Seminar 3 credits
PUBH 889 Practicum in Public Health 3 credits
Seminar Series (1 credit)
PUBH 855 Community Medicine Seminar Series 1 credit
Electives (must take 3 credits)
PUBH 808 Maternal and Child Health 3 credits
PUBH 812 Nutrition and Public Health 3 credits
PUBH 824 Preventing Mental Illness 3 credits
PUBH 825 Family Violence 3 credits
PUBH 826 Women and Health: A Sociolegal Perspective 3 credits
PUBH 845 Veterinary Application to Public Health 3 credits
PUBH 853 Pulic Health Surveillance 3 credits
PUBH 881 Independent Study 3 credits
MD coursework (13 credits):
BIOE 501 Biothethics and the Professional 1 credit
BMIC 550 Medical Immunology and Medical Genetics 4 credits
MICR 670 Medical Microbiology 6 credits
PATH 693 Medical Nutrition 1 credit
PUBH 501 Topics in Community and Preventive Medicine 1 credit

 

After completing the public health degree requirements, students would have developed the following competencies:

Epidemiology

  1. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  2. Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiological data.
  3. Calculate basic epidemiological measures.
  4. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
  5. Draw appropriate inferences form epidemiological data.
  6. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiological reports.

Biostatistics
  1. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  2. Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data.
  3. Apply common statistical methods for inference
  4. Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question.
  5. Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
  6. Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analysis for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.

Health Policy and Management
  1. Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US and other nations.
  2. Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations
  3. Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.

Social and Behavioral
  1. Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  2. Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations.
  3. Identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions.
  4. Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems.
  5. Describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions and policies.
  6. Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.
  7. Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies.

Environmental Health
  1. Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and toxicological effects of major environmental agents.
  2. Describe U.S. and other international regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues.
  3. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.

 

Program Outline
Program class schedules are synchronized with the School of Medicine to permit dual degree students to complete the degrees within a reasonable timeframe. MD students who enter during the August term complete Term 1 of the MPH program and begin the medical program in January. They then continue the MPH program in the summer and resume their Term 2 coursework in the fall together with three MPH credits. Following this, they will complete the remainder of their medical coursework with the practicum occurring at a later date.

MD students who enter during the January term complete Terms 1 and 2 of the MPH program during the spring and summer terms respectively, and begin their medical program in the fall of that year. In the spring term they will take three MPH credits together with Term 2 of the medical program and continue with their medical program, with the practicum occurring at a later date.

AUGUST ENTRANTS
TERM MD COURSES MPH COURSES
Term 1 (Fall)   PUBH 803 (3 credits)
PUBH 804 (3 credits)
PUBH 805 (3 credits)
PUBH 807 (3 credits)
PUBH 831 (3 credits)
Term 2 (Spring) ANAT 531 (4 credits)
ANAT 550 (8 credits)
BCHM 550 (5 credits)
 
Term 3 (Summer)   PUBH 806 (3 credits)
PUBH 832 (3 credits)
PUBH 855 (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Term 4 (Fall) BIOE 501 (1 credit)
BMIC 550 (4 credits)
PHY 510 (5 credits)
PHY 560 (6 credits)
PUBH 501 (1 credit)

PUBH 893 (3 credits)
Term 5 (Winter) BEHS 640 (6 credits)  
Term 6 (Spring) CLSK 653 (3 credits)
MICR 670 (6 credits)
PATH 640 (13 credits)
PATH 693 (1 credits)
 
Term 7 (Fall) CLSK 655 (3 credits)
PATH 674 (12 credits)
PATH 676 (2 credits)
PHAR 681 (6 credits)
 
Term 8 (Spring)   PUBH 889 (3 credits)
TOTAL MD CREDITS: 86
TOTAL MD CREDITS TOWARD MPH: 13

TOTAL MPH CREDITS: 31

 

JANUARY ENTRANTS
TERM MD COURSES MPH COURSES
Term 1 (Spring)   PUBH 803 (3 credits)
PUBH 804 (3 credits)
PUBH 805 (3 credits)
PUBH 807 (3 credits)
PUBH 831 (3 credits)
Term 2 (Summer)   PUBH 806 (3 credits)
PUBH 832 (3 credits)
PUBH 855 (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Term 3 (Fall) ANAT 531 (4 credits)
ANAT 550 (8 credits)
BCHM 550 (5 credits)
 
Term 4 (Spring) BIOE 501 (1 credit)
BMIC 550 (4 credits)
PHY 510 (5 credits)
PHY 560 (6 credits)
PUBH 501 (1 credit)

PUBH 893 (3 credits)
Term 5 (Summer) BEHS 640 (6 credits)  
Term 6 (Fall) CLSK 653 (3 credits)
MICR 670 (6 credits)
PATH 640 (13 credits)
PATH 693 (1 credits)
 
Term 7 (Spring) CLSK 655 (3 credits)
PATH 674 (12 credits)
PATH 676 (2 credits)
PHAR 681 (6 credits)
 
Term 8 (Summer)   PUBH 889 (3 credits)
TOTAL MD CREDITS: 86
TOTAL MD CREDITS TOWARD MPH: 13

TOTAL MPH CREDITS: 31

 

Calendar is subject to change.

 

Updated 8/29/14

 

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