1. Public Health Education
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The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s dual MD and Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) degree program trains students to apply medical practice to patient and population health. With both clinical skills and a scientific foundation to understand health and wellness from a community perspective, you will conduct research and utilize evidence-based strategies to address health disparities.

MD/MPH graduates play a critical role in improving health from a clinical, social, economic, and political perspective. Our program prepares you for a variety of career fields, including clinical practice, academia, government, nonprofit and international organizations, health care delivery systems, and agencies focused on disease prevention, policymaking, and more.

As a student in our program, you will earn two degrees in four or five years, learn from faculty who are experts in their field, and gain critical community health experience. The MPH degree is 45 credits with specializations in eight different areas:

  • General Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Care Management
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Global Health
  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
  • Biostatistics
  • Outcomes Research

MD students are able to use 12 credits from their medical school curriculum towards the MPH degree.

Four-Year Option

If you’d like to complete the MD/MPH dual degree in four years, you will take public health courses in the evening, after your medical education classes.

Five-Year Option

If you’d like to take the five-year option to earn your MD/MPH degree, you will take a year off from medical school (known as a scholarly year) to devote the entire year to the MPH degree. You can also pursue the degree by taking a small number of courses during the first two years of medical school and completing the majority of the degree requirements during the scholarly year. You can choose when to take your scholarly year, though many choose to begin the MPH year after their third-year medical clerkship.

Students interested in the Epidemiology or the Biostatistics tracks should speak with a track advisor early and need to plan carefully as scheduling for these classes can be complicated.