“Graduates of the MD/MPH program are equipped to become leaders in public health administration, policy and research, as well as superb clinicians. They are sought out by residency programs and other employers, and have many interesting career opportunities available to them.” Anthony Schlaff, MD, MPH
What would my course of study look like if I pursue a combined MD/MPH degree?
The curriculum is integrated into the regular MD track so that combined degree students complete their MD requirements in the same sequence as their traditional MD colleagues. Students take their required MPH courses on Tuesday afternoons during their first two years. In the summer between the first and second year students complete a 200 hour field experience. In the following third and fourth years they spend late winter/early spring of each year taking elective courses (two in the third year and two in the fourth year) as well as remaining required courses. Several students take an additional year to undertake independent research projects or study abroad.
What career opportunities are available with an MD/MPH?
The MPH prepares public health practitioners with a sound foundation in epidemiology, biostatistics, planning and management, international health, bioethics, public health law, environmental and occupational health, and the social and behavioral sciences.
What courses will I need to take?
As for all MPH students, those pursuing the MD/MPH must complete courses in the five core knowledge areas as well as a research methods course, one course on health care budgeting and management and the Applied Learning Experience (the latter undertaken in one month, a single clinical elective block). In addition, students take Public Health Theory to Practice and Law and Public Health and, for their first three years, also attend a monthly evening seminar—Integration of Public Health—that helps integrate their public health work and clinical studies. Students usually lose two clinical electives when undertaking their public health course requirements in years three and four.
What are the tuition costs for the MD/MPH degree?
The cost of the MPH program is significantly reduced for Tufts medical students. The 2015-2016 MPH tuition is a flat rate of $6,802 for the year.
How do I apply?
Applicants for the MD/MPH apply to the School of Medicine in the same manner as all other applicants and additionally submit a separate combined degree program application. The online combined degree program application is accessible with the online secondary application on the TUSM secondary application web site. Applications for the MPH program will be reviewed only after admission to the Medical School.
What is the application time frame and process?
Applications to the MPH portion of the MD/MPH program may be done via the Tufts MD secondary application at any time from when an applicant first fills out that application up until early August, just before the combined degree program starts. The structure of the program precludes students from joining the program after it starts.
Applying early has the advantage of assuring a seat in the MPH should a student get accepted and choose the Tufts MD program. Although we accept MPH applications until just before the program starts, it is on a space available basis. Most years the numbers work out well and everyone who gets in and wants the MPH can matriculate, but we have had years when not all students could be accommodated. Also, late applicants are likely to be placed on a wait list, pending decisions made by students admitted earlier; and so, an early application can reduce uncertainty about admission to the MPH at a time when an accepted MD student is deciding whether to attend Tufts or another school.
Applications to the MPH portion of the MD/MPH program may be done via the Tufts MD secondary application at any time from when an applicant first fills out that application up until early August, just before the combined degree program starts. The MD/MPH orientation historically is the day before the start of the MD orientation. The structure of the program precludes students from joining the program after it starts.
How can I get more information?
For more information about any aspect of the program, contact Anthony Schlaff, MD, MPH. For more detailed admissions information visit: MD/MPH Admissions.