Overview

The educational mission of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine interdisciplinary MD/MPH dual degree program is to graduate physicians with the ability and desire to improve the health of all populations, especially those most vulnerable and underserved, by alleviating suffering and eliminating healthcare disparities through their leadership in patient care, research, education, health care administration and the community.

Four-Year MD-MPH Program:

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) MD/MPH program is unique in several ways. There are very few four-year MD/MPH dual degree programs offered at medical schools in the United States. Our program integrates significant components of the MPH coursework into the curriculum beginning in the first year and culminating in a required four-week clerkship in Public Health. In addition, the medical school has partnered with the Palm Beach County Health Department http://www.pbchd.com. This partnership provides opportunities to work with public health professionals in one of the country’s most academic and comprehensive public health departments.

The program is designed to provide graduates with the clinical and research skills required to approach health problems from a population and prevention perspective by integrating the roles of the biological sciences and clinical practice into the broader sets of knowledge and practices used in public health. We will graduate physicians who are provided the academic knowledge and skills, as well as the clinical experience to improve the health of all populations, especially those most vulnerable and underserved.

The MD/MPH dual degree program is an educational track at the UMMSM that will provide:

  • Both degrees in four years
  • Integrated and innovative training in both clinical medicine and public health
  • In depth training in public health that provides the skills needed to reduce death and disability at the population level
  • The program includes studies at the Miami campus and at our regional medical campus in Palm Beach and Broward Counties working in our community teaching hospitals and clinics and with Department of Health professionals and faculty physicians in community settings
  • Sustainable partnerships that provide opportunities to assess and improve public health, working with Public Health physicians in clinical and public health activities during clinical rotations
  • Opportunities for community-based research to complete the required special project for the MPH degree (capstone)

Admissions

Applications are accepted through the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®). The MSOM Secondary Application will give you the option to apply to only the MD/MPH program, or to both the MD and the MD/MPH program. Selecting either of these choices will provide you with specific questions about your interest and experience in public health. The criteria for eligibility and academic prerequisites for the MD/MPH program are the same as those for the regular MD program. For more information, visit admissions.med.miami.edu or contact the Office of Admissions at med.admissions@miami.edu or 305.243.3234. 

Curriculum Requirements - MD/MPH Dual Degree

MD Requirements (136 credits)
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
Electives14
MPH Requirements (36 credits)
EPH 600Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health3
EPH 603Medical Biostatistics3
EPH 617Disease Prevention and Health Promotion3
EPH 621Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
EPH 641Environmental Health3
EPH 651Research Methods3
EPH 652Health Policy3
EPH 653Leading Change in Population Health—Moving From Talk to Action3
EPH 655Health Economics and Financing3
EPH 678CAPSTONE PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE AND PROJECT PREPARATION1
EPH 659Public Health Seminar I1
EPH 660Public Health Seminar II2
EPH 682Generalist Capstone Project2
MPH Specialty Course (EPH course)3
Total Credit Hours172

Students will follow the plan of study listed on the MD program curriculum tab integrating with the MPH plan of study below.

Plan of Study - Public Health

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Fall ICredit Hours
EPH 600 Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health 3
EPH 603 Medical Biostatistics 3
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
EPH 617 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring I
EPH 651 Research Methods (Start Capstone work) 3
Start Capstone work
 
EPH 678 CAPSTONE PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE AND PROJECT PREPARATION 1
 Credit Hours4
Year Two
Fall
Year 2 are only MD courses
 
 Credit Hours0
Year Three
Spring
EPH 652 Health Policy 3
EPH 655 Health Economics and Financing 3
EPH 653 Leading Change in Population Health—Moving From Talk to Action 3
EPH 641 Environmental Health 3
EPH 659 Public Health Seminar I 1
EPH 660 Public Health Seminar II 2
MPH Specialty Course (Selected EPH course) 3
 Credit Hours18
Year Four
Fall
EPH 682 Generalist Capstone Project 2
 Credit Hours2
Spring
Certificate in Public Health (CPH) Exam  
 Credit Hours0
 Total Credit Hours36