Q: What can you do with an M.D./M.P.H. that you can't do with an M.D. alone?
A: As with other dual degrees, an M.D./M.P.H. itself is not a prerequisite to any particular physician-oriented medical career. However, the training and degree provide verification of knowledge and expertise in public health. A public health degree is increasingly expected of physicians working in international health, where public health and medical workers often collaborate closely. In the United States, an M.P.H. would strongly benefit individuals working in settings combining public health focus areas (e.g. occupational health, health promotion, health policy) with the provision of medical care.
Q: Will an M.P.H. limit my specialty choice? What specialties are the “best fit” for an M.P.H.?
A: There is no field of medicine where a public health degree would be unwelcome. An M.P.H. is a flexible degree that each student tailors to his or her own unique interests. Much like your decision to attend public health school, your specialty choice is a personal decision that should be informed by your unique abilities, concerns and values.
Q: Why should I complete the M.D./M.P.H. Dual Degree Program?
A:Taking MPH classes while taking M.D. classes may allow you to observe medical care from the population level as well as the individual level. It allows you to integrate the information you are learning from each program at the same time and to see how medicine and public health are integrated. You are able to access public health and medicine faculty to facilitate collaborative study. It may give you a better sense of how you’d like to plan your career. Possibly more competitive/unique during residency application process.
Q: Where can I get more information about a public health and the M.P.H. degree?
A: Visit the Public Health website.