The University of Wisconsin 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 (MPH) program.

Available MD-MPH scholarship opportunities

Farrell Shapiro MD-MPH Scholarship

Since 2005, the School of Medicine and Public Health has supported the public health education of MD-MPH students, using funds donated to the School in recognition of the leadership of former Dean Phillip Farrell. The income from this endowment is intended to encourage and support MD-MPH students interested in a career that integrates public health and medicine . MPH capstone projects should include work with an underserved population, in a community setting and/or focusing on a health disparity. One $15,000 award per year will be available.

Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association (WMAA) Perlson Scholarship

The WMAA Sam Perlson MD–MPH Dual Degree Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship provided to up to six medical students during their MPH year. Scholarships are awarded to students who are committed to serving the needs of underserved populations using a public health approach and are interested in practicing medicine in Wisconsin.

Nammacher Scholarship

Funded by Mark Nammacher, MD, MPH ’62, this scholarship provides up to $5,000 for one recipient during their MPH year. The scholarship is available to medical students, residents and fellows. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is committed to global public health efforts and promoting team dynamics in healthcare and population health. Recipient will demonstrate leadership skills, public speaking and writing skills, and have potential to utilize future public health methodologies.

Scholarship guidelines and details


Eligible students must be pursuing an MPH in addition to a medical degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (or residency/fellowship through a University of Wisconsin affiliated program, in the case of the Nammacher Scholarship). The scholarship cannot be combined with a graduate assistantship, although recipients may work in student hourly positions. Scholarship is contingent upon matriculating into the MPH Program.

Financial support

Selected recipients will receive a scholarship ranging up to $15,000, which will be applied directly to their tuition for one year while the student is enrolled in the MPH program.

Scholarship award criteria

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of their academic merit, public health experience, and public health goals. The application process is competitive. Award determinations will be made after a review of the students’ application materials for entry into the MPH program.

Application materials required

  • CV
  • SMPH transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Applicants may use their MPH application materials (letters of recommendation and personal statement) for the scholarship application, although updated materials are recommended for students who deferred their admission.

Upon submitting this application, students will be reviewed for all scholarships listed above.

A condition to those who accept these scholarship awards is full-time enrollment in the MPH program.

Please submit all application materials to by February 1 of the year you intend to matriculate into the MPH Program. All applications should be scanned into one PDF document. Scholarship decisions will be made and communicated to applicants by March 15.

Selection committee

  • MD-MPH dual degree program faculty director
  • Path of Distinction in Public Health faculty director
  • Associate dean for public health
  • Associate dean for students