MD/MPH in Global Public Health

The NYU Master of Public Health program has collaborated with the highly acclaimed NYU School of Medicine to offer a dual MD/MPH that understands the complexity of the globalized world and represents a new model of medical education. 

The MD/MPH offers the opportunity to integrate medical training with public health from a global health perspective. This allows our medical students to augment their clinical training with the public health skills necessary to assume leadership positions in the global public health arena. MD/MPH students will benefit from the many strengths of this interdisciplinary program, such as its wide breadth of instruction and ability to draw resources from five of NYU’s world-renowned graduate and professional schools.

Four and Five Year Dual Degree Options:

The NYU School of Medicine offers two options for medical students who want to pursue this dual degree.  Our standard program allows our students to complete both the medical degree and MPH in five years.  This reduces the time and cost of pursuing these degrees separately by approximately one year.

For a select group of our medical students who demonstrate the highest level of academic ability and professionalism, The NYU School of Medicine also offers the option of completing both degrees within an accelerated four-year.

Eligibility:

Irrespective of which option a student is interested in, students typically apply to do a dual degree once they have already been accepted to, and matriculated in, the NYU School of Medicine.  

The four-year dual degree requires a more intensive and less flexible schedule within the medical school.  It is for this reason that applications to this accelerated program will be limited to students who demonstrate the highest level of academic ability and professionalism and based on available spots in the program.  The Medical School Office of Student Affairs will review the student’s admissions file and current transcript (for currently matriculated students) to evaluate their ability to meet the more demanding requirements of a four-year schedule.  Students not selected for the four-year option will still be able to apply for the standard five-year program.

Students may consider applying to the MPH concurrently with their medical school application.  Acceptance to, and retention in, the dual degree is provisional upon maintenance of an acceptable level of academic performance. 

Timeline:

The MD/MPH follows a specially designed curriculum which allows students to complete both degrees in the specified timeframe:

Standard Five-Year Option:Medical Students will first fulfill their MD requirements in the first three years of the program followed by a year of MPH degree coursework.  The remaining 2 MPH courses (3 credits each semester), Integrative Seminar and Capstone, are completed in evening classes during the final year when completing the MD.

Accelerated Four-Year Option:Medical Students will first fulfill their MD requirements in the first two years of the program through August.  Starting in September, students will engage in a dedicated year of MPH degree coursework.  Students will then return to the medical school to complete any remaining core clerkships, electives, Selectives, and Advanced clerkships.  The remaining 2 MPH courses (3 credits each semester), Integrative Seminar and Capstone, are completed in evening classes during the final year when completing the MD.

A sample curriculum for each option is as follows.

Standard Five-Year Dual Degree:

 

Fall

Spring

Summer*

1st Year

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum

 

2nd Year

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum

Clinical Curriculum

 

3rd Year

Clinical Curriculum

Clinical Curriculum

 

4th Year

MPH Curriculum

MPH Curriculum

 

5th Year

MPH/MD Clinical Curriculum

MPH/MD Clinical Curriculum

 

*Students should consult with both the medical school and MPH staff to identify any curricular needs over the summer.

Accelerated Four-Year Dual Degree:

 

Fall

Spring

Summer*

1st Year

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum

 

2nd Year

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum

Clinical Curriculum

 Clinical Curriculum

3rd Year

MPH Curriculum

MPH Curriculum

  Clinical Curriculum

4th Year

Combined Medical/MPH Curriculum

Combined Medical/MPH Curriculum

 

Tuition and Funding

Students pursuing a dual degree will pay tuition to the School of Medicine during the years in which they are primarily engaged in medical school work.  During the dedicated year of MPH coursework, students will pay the equivalent of one year of MPH tuition to the program via the Washington Square Bursar. Tuition is discounted to 50% of full tuition. Students may inquire with the Global MPH program regarding the current tuition rates.

MD/MPH students are eligible for merit-based MPH scholarships during the MPH portion. Students should inquire directly with the MPH Program regarding eligibility.

Application Process

Students will apply directly to the MPH and must meet the respective admissions standards and deadlines for each program.  For students interested in the four year option, they should contact the Dual Degree Coordinator to discuss specfics and whether or not they are elgible for this option. 

Contact Information & Assistance

To speak with someone in the Global MPH Program about specific program details or to apply, contact:

Zach Judy
Admissions Officer
College of Global Public Helath 
New York University 
​zachary.judy@nyu.edu

(212) 992-6086
URL: http://publichealth.nyu.edu

For questions or to receive general advisement about dual degrees contact:

Steven Hubbard, Ph.D.
Director of Student Affairs 
(212) 263-3804
steven.hubbard@nyumc.org