Emory University School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health cooperate in a dual degree Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health Program to prepare physicians for leadership roles in public health. This program is intended for students with a baccalaureate degree who wish to enhance their medical training with further study in public health.
The MD/MPH program is designed to be completed within five years, four of which are spent primarily in the School of Medicine. The year spent in the School of Public Health follows the Clinical block of the new medical school curriculum and completion of the MD/MPH program satisfies the Discovery Phase requirement. Entry to the MPH year is contingent on satisfactory evaluation of academic standing and professional conduct in the School of Medicine.
Between 32 and 42 credit hours, depending on the degree concentration, are required to achieve the MPH degree. This includes core courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, public policy, healthcare management, environmental health, and behavioral sciences, plus additional hours of directed studies/thesis. A thesis project representing original analytic work concerning a public health problem is required for most of the MPH degree concentrations. These programs at RSPH aupplement work completed in the School of Medicine that allows waiver of similar material at RSPH. This work in the School of Medicine typically takes place both before and after the year spent at RSPH. Therefore, the MPH degree is awarded by the RSPH at the time of medical commencement.
Degree programs in global environmental health, global epidemiology, and epidemiology-environmental health are also available. MD/MPH students may major in eight degree concentrations in the Rollins School of Public Health:
Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Environmental and Occupational Health
Global Environmental Health
Health Policy and Management
The research activities of the public health faculty are diverse and include studies of national and international scope. Faculty collaborate with researchers at the School of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Carter Center, the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, CARE International, the Morehouse School of Medicine, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Georgia Department of Human Resources, as well as the schools of public health, school of medicine, and public health agencies from the U.S. and other countries around the world.
Candidates for the MD/MPH Program must apply to the School of Medicine and, in addition, must submit a one-page essay describing their interest in public health. The minimum requirements for admission to the MD/MPH dual degree program are identical to those for the School of Medicine. A copy of the School of Medicine application and the essay will be forwarded to the School of Public Health. Students applying to the MD/MPH dual degree program will have the opportunity to visit the School of Public Health and meet with faculty at the time of their medical school interview if selected for an interview. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the dual degree program after they are accepted by the School of Medicine. Those who are not accepted into the dual degree program may complete a seperate application for the MPH program. Extensive financial assistance opportunities for the MPH year are available to MD/MPH students through both schools (Medicine and Public Health).
Physicians with training in public health may work in a wide range of positions in public, private, or academic settings. The MPH degree offers the physician a significant advantage when seeking jobs which involve planning health systems, performing health services clinical research, determining the causes of disease, or planning and implementing disease control strategies. Physicians with the MPH degree work in health departments, managed care and other health provider organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, schools of public health and medicine, in the private practice arena, and in many other federal and international agencies.
For further information, see the program website at
or write to the Office of Admissions (Attn: MD/MPH Program), Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, or call 404.727.3956. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.