The University of Miami's College of Arts & Sciences offers a joint MD/Certificate in Security Management through the Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) degree program's partnership with the Miller School of Medicine.

The MD/Certificate in Security Management is designed to prepare students to meet the various multidimensional security challenges that have faced our planet in the last two decades: from the aftermath of 9/11 to the most recent crisis of COVID-19.  For future physicians, understanding the sociocultural and geopolitical threats posed by violent human actions, natural disasters, and pandemics, is essential.  Transformational leadership in times of acute crisis demands a unique array of insights and skills.

The MD/Certificate in Security Management program is grounded in an academic, theoretical, understanding of security problems and emergency management strategies. It also emphasizes the development of the practitioner’s arts within the strategic, tactical and operational realms of international security administration.  

*The certificate program is not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment for further assistance.

Admission Requirements

Students must first be accepted to the University of Miami's MD Program.  First year MD students should then apply separately to the Certificate in Security Management through this process:

  • Completed application for admission submitted through CollegeNet
  • Statement of purpose
  • A current resume
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (may be duplicates from the student's MD application)
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS score is required as proof of English proficiency for international  applicants who did not receive a degree in the United States or a foreign country where English is the primary language. The following minimum score is required for admission to a graduate business degree program.
    • TOEFL - 94 or above (iBT only)
    • IELTS - 7.0 or above

Upon receipt of the student's application, an admissions interview will be scheduled with the MAIA director or another designee from the MAIA program.


Please contact the College of Arts & Sciences' Office of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies at (305) 284-8783 or by email at maiaadmissions@miami.edu

MD/Certificate in Security Management Curriculm Requirements

MD Requirements (136 credits)
Phase 1: Pre-Clerkship
MDR 550Introduction to the Medical Profession3
MDR 526Biomedical Principles of Health I5
MDR 527Biomedical Principles of Health II5
MDR 531Medicine as a Profession 14
MDR 532Medicine as a Profession 24
MDR 533Medicine as a Profession 31
MDR 520Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 13
MDR 521Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 24
MDR 522Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 36
MDR 523Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 43
MDR 524Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 56
MDR 525Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 65
Phase 2: Integrated Clerkships
MDR ### Transition to Clerkships1
MDR 715Integrated Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology12
MDR 716Integrated Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology12
MDR 717Integrated Medicine12
MDR 718Integrated Psychiatry, Neurology, and Family Medicine12
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 11
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 23
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 32
Phase 3: Advanced
MDR ### Sub-Internship4
MDR ### Clinical Selective4
MDR ### Integrative Science Selective4
MDR ### Critical Care Selective2
MDR ### Transition to Residency2
MDR ### Specialty Boot Camp2
Certificate in Security Management (15 credit hours)
IGS 613Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security3
IGS 644Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability3
IGS 645Human Security: Prevention Mitigation3
IGS 646Civil Security Management3
IGS 647Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance3
Total Credit Hours151

MD/Certificate in Security Management Sample Plan of Study

Certificate in Security Management Plan of Study

MAIA courses are integrated into the NextGenMD curriculum to allow for MD students to complete both programs simultaneously.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
SpringCredit Hours
IGS 613 Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security 3
 Credit Hours3
Summer I
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C  
IGS 644 Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability 3
IGS 646 Civil Security Management 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer II
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C  
IGS 645 Human Security: Prevention Mitigation 3
IGS 647 Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours15