Medical students interested in completing the MD-MPH dual degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health should apply early in the medical school career to allow for planning coursework and summer project/research opportunities. Students in the MD-MPH program typically follow their classmates into the third year of clinical rotations.
Students interested in rural or urban medicine may consider applying to one of the following programs:
1. Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH)
Students interested in urban health and medicine are able to customize their MD-MPH education by integrating the dual degree program with the TRIUMPH program. The Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program seeks medical students who are committed to providing health care for urban populations and to reducing health disparities.
The program combines existing Milwaukee-based third-year primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine rotations, the fourth-year preceptorship and electives with community and public health experiences. The program integrates clinical medicine and community and public health in a combined third and fourth year curriculum.
MD-MPH students who are in the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health program are able to further develop their urban health education by integrating the Master of Public Health field experience and capstone project as part of their TRIUMPH experience.
2. Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM)
Students who enter the UW School of Medicine and Public Health as part of the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) are able to pursue their MPH without disrupting their work at their WARM site during the third and fourth year. Instead, students are able to further develop their skills by becoming fully trained with an MD-MPH to better serve their future patients and the challenges faced in rural communities throughout the state of Wisconsin.
During the Master of Public Health year, Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine students are able to further develop the project they completed during the third year of medical school, or they may choose to pursue a new area of interest through their MPH field experience and capstone.
3. Standard medical curriculum
Students who do not participate in either TRIUMPH or WARM are able to pursue their interest in public health through the standard medical curriculum. While these students may not participate in either of these additional programs, there is still an opportunity to focus their course work and field work on urban or rural health care, or any other area of interest.