MD-MPH student Alex Bryant's MPH capstone project explored barriers to underserved communities engaging in public health research. Working with the Milwaukee Regional Office of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute facilitated learning successful community engagement strategies with the African American community in Milwaukee.
How to Apply
Students may apply to the MD-MPH Program at the time of MD admissions. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health MD secondary application will prompt applicants to indicate interest in the combined degree.
The MD-MPH Dual Degree program provides an integrated 5-year curriculum that eliminates duplication and provides students with a much greater comprehension of the issues and tools to understand and prevent emergent, chronic, and infectious disease. MD students complete the MPH Program through a “step out” model prior to matriculating into Phase 1, or between Phases 2 and 3 of the MD curriculum.
Years 1-2 of medical school
Students in the MD-MPH program have an opportunity to integrate public health throughout the first two years of medical school by engaging in various UW School of Medicine and Public Health programs that have public health components.
Third year clinical rotations
Students in the MD-MPH program typically follow their classmates into the third year of clinical rotations. They can also customize their education by integrating the dual degree with a focus on rural or urban health.
Master of public health year
Students traditionally complete their master of public health year between their third and fourth year of medical school so they are able to apply their clinical knowledge to the population health-focused issues and concepts.
Fifth year required courses and electives
The fourth year of medical school provides students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of elective courses and clerkships that focus on population health.
The School of Medicine and Public Health has scholarship funds available for MD-MPH students seeking support for their public health training and education. These scholarships support tuition and fees for one year while the student is enrolled in the Master of Public Health program.