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, up to 12 credits of the total 45 MPH credits are shared from a list of pre-approved MD 4th-year elective credits. The MD-MPH begins with core public health courses that are taken online during their first summer term. The remaining classes are completed during the fall and spring semeters, typically between the third and fourth years of medical school; however, other arrangements can be made. To incorporate experiential learning, a final public health internship and project are required.
Students in the MD-MPH dual degree program will have the option of having a global health focus where they spend a year in IUSM’s program in Kenya participating in an ongoing research project while also getting exposure to clinical care in Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and its clinics. During that year, they will complete their required MPH coursework online.
MD MPH students who begin the program summer 2022 and beyond will be required to pass the Certified Public Health exam to meet graduation requirements.