Integrating Medical Practice and Public Health
The Penn State Master of Public Health (MPH) program offers a five-year MD/MPH joint degree program for medical students enrolled at Penn State College of Medicine.
The MD/MPH degree is ideal for medical students who want to enhance their experience and offers:
- Integration of medicine and public health education
- Advanced training in public health
- Expanded expertise in community and global health
- Hands-on experience applying public health to a clinical practice
- Insight into areas of the health care system such as population health
If you have questions regarding the MD/MPH program, please contact MD/MPH Program Director Jeff Lubin, MD, MPH, or MPH Program Associate Director Carol LaRegina, MS, CPH.
About the Program
The five-year MD/MPH requires 42 credits in the public health area.
Students will take one year off between the third and fourth year of medical school to complete MPH credits, including a practicum and a capstone.
Some medical school credits can double-count toward a MPH degree.
The MPH degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The MD/MPH joint degree program is accredited as part of this existing unit of accreditation.
What Students Are Saying
From our program graduates:
"I was able to learn about how public health issues affect the patients that walk into clinic every day, deepen my understanding of the statistics in the literature I read to give patients the best possible care, and make connections that have allowed me to contribute to research and education in ways that will hopefully benefit the patients of other clinicians."
"I greatly appreciated the opportunity afforded by the MPH year to explore and cultivate my interests related to health and medicine outside of the walls of the clinic. What I learned will make me a better clinician and serve me well as I pursue a passion in health care administration. Being a part of the MD/MPH program was definitely the right decision for me."
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- Cognitive Skills Program
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- Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
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