Apply now for your MD-Master of Public Health Joint Degree

Balance your career with a joint MD-MPH 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, nonprofit 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 through the dual degree application supplement. Once accepted you will be asked to complete an IU 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 tuition expenses of the public health coursework. You are encouraged to apply to the MPH program the spring semester before you wish to begin your public health course work; however, arrangements will be made to facilitate completion of the joint degree program at any point during your medical education.

See the MD-MPH admissions criteria

Example Plans of Study

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.

Sample Plan 2023 - 2024

Summer 

  • Public Health Core course
  • Public Health Core course
  • Public Health Core course 
  • Public Health Core course 

Fall

  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Public Health Concentration course
  • E602 Public Health Internship (3 credits) – 240 total hours required

Spring

  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Elective (3 credits) 
  • Public Health Capstone
    • *200 of the 240 hours for the required internship must be completed prior to gaining course authorization for this course

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.

Sample Plan 2023 - 2024

Summer 

  • Public Health Core course
  • Public Health Core course
  • Public Health Core course 
  • Public Health Core course 

Fall

  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Public Health Concentration course
  • H602 Public Health Internship (3 credits) – 240 total hours required

Spring

  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Elective (3 credits) 
  • Public Health Capstone
    • *200 of the 240 hours for the required internship must be completed prior to gaining course authorization for this course

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.

Sample Plan 2023 - 2024

Summer 

  • Public Health Core course
  • Public Health Core course
  • Public Health Core course 
  • Public Health Core course 

Fall

  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Public Health Concentration course
  • PBHL-E 603 Public Health Internship (3 credits) – 240 total hours required 

Spring

  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Elective (3 credits) 
  • Public Health Capstone
    • *200 of the 240 hours for the required internship must be completed prior to gaining course authorization for this course

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.

Sample Plan 2023 - 2024

Summer 

  • Public Health Core course
  • Public Health Core course
  • Public Health Core course 
  • Public Health Core course 

Fall

  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Public Health Concentration course
  • S602 Public Health Internship (3 credits) – 240 total hours required

Spring

  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Public Health Concentration course
  • Elective (3 credits) 
  • Public Health Capstone
    • *200 of the 240 hours for the required internship must be completed prior to gaining course authorization for this course