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MD-MPH Joint Degree

Students admitted to the Indiana University School of Medicine, at any of the nine IUSM campuses, are eligible to apply to the joint MD-MPH program at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. This degree will prepare you to balance your career between direct medical care of individuals and public health practice within communities. It will also expand your career options by making you more marketable for a wide variety of careers (i.e. global health, hospital leadership, health policy, health research, non-profit management, environmental health, and refugee and immigrant health). The MD-MPH program is designed for completion in five years.

Jen Walthall

I was armed at graduation to begin service as a public health practitioner for individual patients, scholarship development and program building.

Jen Walthall, MD, MPH, Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Secretary

Admissions

Medical students who are interested in pursuing the joint MD-MPH degree must apply and be admitted to the Fairbanks School of Public Health. Students must complete an application through the Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application. Students in the MD-MPH program may be considered for limited stipends to offset some of the expenses of the public health coursework. Students are encouraged to apply to the MPH program during their first year of medical school, however, arrangements will be made to facilitate completion of the joint degree program at any point during a student's medical education.

MD-MPH Admissions Criteria

Curriculum

Indiana University School of Medicine and the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI have developed an innovative coordinated MD-MPH curriculum that integrates medicine and public health training. Students learn key public health topics, including issues related to environmental health, infectious disease control, biostatistics, disease prevention and health promotion, injury control, epidemiological studies, and health policy.

To make it easy to complete two degrees in such a short time, some of the 45 MPH credits are shared with MD credits. The MD-MPH begins with four core public health courses that are typically completed online during the summer after the first year of medical school. The remaining classes are completed during an additional year, typically between the fourth and fifth years of medical school, however, other arrangements can be made. To incorporate experiential learning, a final public health internship and project are required. MD MPH students who begin the program summer 2022, will be required to pass the Certified Public Health exam to meet graduation requirements.

Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health, health care, and biomedical, clinical and population-based research.

Summer

  • P510 – Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
  • P511 – Comprehensive Methods and Applications of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • P512 – Communication and Leadership in Public Health (3 credits)
  • P513 – Planning, Evaluation and Management in Public Health (3 credits)

Fall

  • B552 Fundamentals of Data Management (3 credits)
  • B571 Biostatistics Methods I – Linear Models in Public Health (4 credits)
  • B602 MPH Internship in Biostatistics
  • Elective (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • Elective

Spring

  • B562 Biostatistics II for Public Health (3 credits)
  • B572 Biostatistics Methods II – Categorical Data Analysis (4 credits)
  • Elective (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • Elective
  • B704 Final Project: Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) in Biostatistics

Students enrolled in this concentration learn to anticipate, recognize and assess environmental hazards that affect human health. Students study the impact of biological, physical and chemical factors on the health of communities. Students will acquire the skills necessary to identify susceptibility and intervention factors that lead to disease and/or its prevention.

Summer

  • P510 – Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
  • P511 – Comprehensive Methods and Applications of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • P512 – Communication and Leadership in Public Health (3 credits)
  • P513 – Planning, Evaluation and Management in Public Health (3 credits)
  • Elective (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)

Fall

Global Health Track

  • A641 Introduction to Global Health and Sustainable Development (3 credits) (Fall)
  • A642 Poverty, Decent Work, and Inequality (3 credits) (Fall)
  • A643 Food, Water and Sanitation (3 credits) (Fall)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • A602 Public Health Internship (3 credits) – 240 total hours required; 160 of these hours must be conducted onsite

 Environmental Health Science Track

  • PBHL-A 633 Occupational Health and Safety (3 credits) – (Fall)
  • A640 Public Health Applications of GIS (3 credits) (Fall)
  • A643 Food, Water and Sanitation (3 credits) (Fall)
  • A661 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 credits) (Fall)
  • A602 Public Health Internship (3 credits) – 240 total hours required; 160 of these hours must be conducted onsit

Spring
Global Health Track

  • A644 Sustainable Production and Consumption (3 credits) (Spring)
  • A645 Resilient Cities and Communities (3 credits) (Spring)
  • A646 Preservation and Restoration of Land and Sea (3 credits) (Spring)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • A703 Environmental Health Science Final Concentration Project (3 credits)

 Environmental Health Science Track

  • A623 Management and Leadership in Health Protection (3 credits) (Spring)
  • A662 Human Health Risk Assessment (3 credits) (Spring)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  •  Elective (3 credits) 
  • A703 Environmental Health Science Final Concentration Project (3 credits)

This concentration will prepare students to integrate the social, biological, environmental and analytic approaches to understanding determinants of health in populations. The principles and methods of epidemiology constitute a foundation essential for policy development related to surveillance activities and prevention strategies. Students will learn how to design and conduct studies, analyze data, and present findings in a variety of formats and for diverse audiences.

Summer

  • P510 – Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
  • P511 – Comprehensive Methods and Applications of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • P512 – Communication and Leadership in Public Health (3 credits)
  • P513 – Planning, Evaluation and Management in Public Health (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)

Fall

  • B552 Fundamentals of Data Management (3 credits)
  • E601 Advanced Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) 
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • E602 Public Health Internship (3 credits) – 240 total hours required; 160 of these hours must be conducted onsite

Spring 

  • B562 Biostatistics for Public Health II (3 credits)
  • E635 Foundations of Public Heath Informatics (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) 
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • E 704 Final Concentration Project (3 credits)

 

Students in this concentration will acquire skills in policy process, development and analysis. They will explore in depth current national and state public health issues and make policy recommendations to address those issues. In addition, they will develop strategic capability for managing health services organizations in a policy context.

Summer

  • P510 – Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
  • P511 – Comprehensive Methods and Applications of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • P512 – Communication and Leadership in Public Health (3 credits)
  • P513 – Planning, Evaluation and Management in Public Health (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)

Fall

  • H641Public Health Ethics (3 credits)
  • H616 Leading Public Health Service Organizations (3 credits)
  • H619 Financial Management for Public Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • H602 Public Health Internship (3 credits) 

Spring

  • H658 Health Policy and Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • H611 Policy Design, Implementation & Management (3 credits)
  • H628 Healthcare Information Systems (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • H711 Capstone Experience in Health Policy and Management (3 credits)

This concentration provides a balance of academic theory and real world experience, ensuring students are prepared for a career in public health. Public health informatics studies and applies information science and computing techniques to public health practice.

Summer

  • P510 – Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
  • P511 – Comprehensive Methods and Applications of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • P512 – Communication and Leadership in Public Health (3 credits)
  • P513 – Planning, Evaluation and Management in Public Health (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)

Fall

  • PBHL-B 552 Fundamentals of Data Management (3 credits)
  • PBHL-H 521 Management Science for Health Services Administration (3 credits)
  • PBHL-E 647 Introduction to Population Health Analytics (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • PBHL-E 603 Public Health Internship (3 credits) – 240 total hours required; 160 of these hours must be conducted onsite

Spring

  • PBHL-E 635 Foundations in Public Health Informatics (3 credits)
  • PBHL-H 628 Healthcare Information Systems (3 credits)
  • PBHL-E 645 Information Exchange for Population Health (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)
  • PBHL-E 706 Informatics Concentration Project (3 credits)

This concentration will prepare students to address population health problems by utilizing knowledge regarding individual, cultural, and societal determinants of healthy, behavior change theory, and applied experiences to develop, implement and evaluate health promotion interventions.

Summer

  • P510 – Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
  • P511 – Comprehensive Methods and Applications of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • P512 – Communication and Leadership in Public Health (3 credits)
  • P513 – Planning, Evaluation and Management in Public Health (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits) (a pre-approved elective from medical school can double count to fulfill this elective)

Fall

  • S605 Public Health Biology (1 credit)
  • S615 Public Health Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
  • S617 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits)
  • S662 Integrated Learning Experience 1: Advanced Program Planning (4 credits)
  • S602 Public Health Internship (3 credits) 

Spring

  • S670 Health Disparities and Health Equity (3 credits)
  • S664 Integrated Learning Experience 2: Research Methods and Program (4 credits)

Global Maternal and Child Health 

  • S630 Global Maternal and Child Health (3 credits)
  • S660 A Biosocial Approach to Global Health (3 credits)

Public Health Communication

  • S625 Applied Public Health Campaigns (3 credits)
  • S622 Coaching for Health and Wellness (3 credits)