MD—Master of Public Health

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 will 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 five core public health courses that are typically completed online during the summer after the first year of medical school. The remaining classes are usually 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.

MPH Concentration Areas

Biostatistics

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.

Environmental Health Science

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.

Epidemiology

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.

Health Policy & Management

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.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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.

Want to Know More?

Do you have questions about how to make the MD-MPH joint degree work for you? We’re happy to answer all your questions. Request more information below. For an accessible version of the brochure, please email fsphinfo@iu.edu.