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Medicine/Health Outcomes Research

Students can earn a M.D. and a Ph.D. in health outcomes research in seven to eight years through SLU's School of Medicine.

About the Program

Saint Louis University dual-degree in medicine and health outcomes research prepares students to be excellent doctors and clinical researchers.

Our graduates leave prepared to provide excellent medical care and to evaluate patient outcomes and preferences, compare the effectiveness of treatments and establish evidence to improve the final stages of care.

Curriculum and Program Details

Students begin their program by completing the first and second years of their M.D. studies. By winter their second year of medicine studies, students will select a Ph.D. mentor from SLU’s Center for Health Outcomes Research.

Completion of all Ph.D. candidacy requirements and oral defense of the doctoral dissertation are followed by a transitional clerkship that facilitates re-entry into the third and fourth year of M.D. studies.

Nine credits of coursework from the M.D. program will count towards completion of the Ph.D. in health outcomes research.

Trainees in this program should complete all requirements for both degrees within seven to eight years and students are expected to complete both the M.D. and Ph.D. components on a full-time basis.

  • Leslie J. Hinyard, Ph.D.

Application Process

Students must first be admitted to the School of Medicine to be considered for acceptance into the M.D./Ph.D. in health outcomes research program. Consideration for the program is available to all interested applicants to the School of Medicine with preliminary application provided upon request.

Most trainees are chosen in the early spring in order to begin their research training by mid-June before commencing their first year of M.D. studies in mid-August. Other qualified individuals may apply after beginning their M.D. training.

Applicants to the M.D./Ph.D. program are screened by the Steering Committee for the M.D./Ph.D. program.