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MD Dual Degrees

Emory University School of Medicine cooperates with several Emory programs to offer exciting dual-degree programs. These degree programs are a valuable addition for students who have special interests in a wide variety of disciplines.


Dedicated to training exceptional students from a variety of disciplines who will become the next leaders in clinical academic medicine and biomedical research, the MD/PhD Program combines the advantages of rigorous preparation in clinical medicine with interdisciplinary training in the basic and social sciences.      

The Emory MD/PhD Program is an NIH sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program.  It is designed to provide highly qualified students with the in-depth, high-caliber research training and medical education needed by academicians of the future.  Most students who pursue the MD/PhD track complete the first two years of basic science education, followed by several years of graduate study, followed by a set of clinical requirements for the third and fourth years of medical school (see "MD Curriculum").  While in their first and second years of the medical school curriculum, MD/PhD students are also required to attend special journal clubs and graduate seminars to strengthen their understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying disease and to develop scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills.  

The MD/PhD program seeks to integrate and streamline training as much as possible.  Students are provided with multiple formal and informal opportunities for faculty and peer mentoring.  The annual student retreat incorporates sessions devoted to student transitions and future career development.

Interdisciplinary graduate study in the biomedical sciences is largely performed in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.  This division of the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers interdisciplinary training in the following life science areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services Research and Health Policy
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Additionally, students may also choose to perform their research and studies in one of the many other graduate training programs, offered in in partnership with the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Science, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Rollins School of Public Health.

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The MD/MPH program prepares students to work as physicians in the public health field, enabling them to diagnose health problems and risk factors of individuals and communities.  Electives, directed studies, and thesis projects, as well as selective field experiences and fellowships, allow students to study around the globe.      

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.  

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The Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) TL1-Medical Scientist Training Program provides didactic and mentored clinical and translational research training for medical students in between their third and fourth years of medical school.       

Investigators undertaking clinical and translational research must couple their knowledge of medicine and biology with analytic sciences including statistical reasoning, decision analysis, probability theory, analytical epidemiology, and informatics.  They must also have an understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine, implementation science, bioethics, clinical trial design, regulations involving human subjects and animals, scientific and grant writing, and responsible conduct of research.  

The MSCR requires a minimum of 30 academic credit hours, which include classes, a research thesis, and a written grant proposal.  Full-time students complete two semesters of class work in the first year.  The summer and second year consist of completing required rotations (IRB and Clinical Interaction Network), research project, thesis, and grant.  Mentoring is by an established and successful federally-funded clinical investigator.  

Medical students are encouraged to apply to this program early during their third year of medical school.  Acceptance to the MSCR as a dual degree for medical students may be contingent on satisfactory evaluation of academic standing and professional conduct in the School of Medicine.

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Contact: Cheryl Sroka, Graduate Program Administrator


MD/MA in Bioethics

Designed in partnership with the Emory Center for Ethics, this program is designed to prepare students from the very onset of their medical careers to be equipped to identify, address, and assess ethical issues as they appear in clinical practice.      

Students who graduate with a dual MD/MA-Bioethics degree will not only be prepared to enhance the care they provide to patients, but also will be prepared to work on issues of public policy as it relates to the provision of clinical care, to serve on or chair ethics committees, or to conduct education on the ethical foundations of clinical practice.  

All students in Medicine at Emory complete a 5-month Discovery Phase, which gives students an opportunity to participate in research in their individual areas of interest.  Students with an interest in a robust program in bioethics simply replace the 5-month Discovery Phase with the MA-Bioethics Program, adding an additional year to complete the MA course requirements (5 years total is required for the MD/MA degree).  Entry to the MA year is contingent on satisfactory evaluation of academic standing and professional conduct in the School of Medicine.  

Medical students may decide to apply to this program during the first few years of medical school, although students who know they will have a strong interest in this program are encouraged to apply prior to the start of medical school.

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Contact: Cory Labrecque, PhD,

Interim Director, Master of Arts in Bioethics program

Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Christian Thought

Other Programs for Medical Students

Emory medical students may be accepted to graduate programs at Emory, such as the Juris Master (JM) program at Emory Law School and the MD/MBA program at the Goizueta Business School, as well as numerous programs around the country. Also, each year Emory medical students are selected for fellowships, externships and other "extra year" opportunities to enhance their education and training. The medical school curriculum allows great flexibility for medical students to pursue these opportunities, typically coinciding with the Discovery Phase and in between the third and fourth years of medical school. Students are encouraged to speak to Deans and advisors as soon as possible about their wishes to pursue these other interests outside of the medical school curriculum.