Coordinated Doctor of Medicine / Master of Public Health Program

(MD/MPH) Coordinated Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health

Program Description

This coordinated degree program is offered through the UAB School of Medicine and the UAB School of Public Health. Students may focus their MPH in any one of four areas: (1) Environmental Health Science, (2) Epidemiology, (3) Health Behavior, (4) Health Care Organization and Policy, or a combination (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

This complementary MD/MPH coordinated degree program provide students with a fuller and richer perspective of community and global health issues including the epidemiology of disease, health behavior, the impact of environmental and occupational factors on patient health, disease progression, management of disease states, access to care and health policy as well as social, legal and ethical issues. Addition of an MPH degree broadens graduates career opportunities providing a foundation for positions in research, government, international health as well as private industry.

MPH / DVM Curriculum

Program Requirements

Students must complete the MPH Core plus 10 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required MD curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the MD curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours.

Students may choose between two program formats: a four-year program or a five-year program.

  • The four-year program requires students to complete MPH coursework while also completing medical school coursework. Additionally, students in the four-year program begin taking courses the summer before they begin medical school.
  • The five-year program requires students to take a one-year leave of absence from medical school to concentrate on MPH coursework.

Students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

 Below are the course required for the MPH degree, for information about the MD curriculum please click here.

Core Requirement 20 / 21
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
or EPI 610 Principles of Epidemiologic Research
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services3
PUH 697Practice Placement / Internship3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
PUH Required Course
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates (this course is waived)3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
PUH Electives10
Credit from MD Curriculum12
Total Hours42

Note: A student must complete 30 hours of coursework at UAB School of Public Health and 12 hours are shared with the MD program for a total of 42. 

Dropping Out of the Program Prior to Completion

Students MUST complete both degrees to successfully complete the program. Students must meet with the MD/MPH committee to request a leave or to drop out of the program.