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Public Health, M.P.H. and Medicine, M.D. Dual Degree

Saint Louis University's Master of Public Health/Medical Doctor dual degree program is conducted under the joint auspices of the College for Public Health and Social Justice and the School of Medicine.

The M.P.H. is offered as an accelerated program that can be completed in three consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring) devoted entirely to M.P.H. coursework. The program requires completion of professional medical school requirements and the fulfillment of a complete M.P.H. with public health practice concentration (42 credits), which may include up to six credits of coursework from the School of Medicine M.D. degree requirements.

Students interested in earning an M.D./M.P.H. apply to the College for Public Health and Social Justice during the first two years of medical studies. Upon successfully completing the first three years of medical studies, including all required clinical clerkships and steps one and two of the United States Medical License Examination, the student enters one year of public health studies. Students then return to the School of Medicine to complete the fourth year.

Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME). 

For additional information, see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Public Health, M.P.H.

Medicine, Doctor of

Students must meet the admission requirements and be admitted into both degree programs according to the processes of each of the participating academic units to pursue a dual-degree program.

Individuals may apply to the M.P.H. degree program concurrently with their application to the School of Medicine or following their admission to the School of Medicine; however, admission to the dual-degree program is contingent upon admission to both the M.P.H. and the M.D. degree programs.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Students can complete the below M.P.H. roadmap in between years three and four of the Doctor of Medicine curriculum. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 2
PUBH 5040 Generating Evidence from Public Health Data 3
XXX-#### Elective PH or SOM 3
HMP 5300 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
PUBH 5060 Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health 3
PUBH 5070 Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice 3
PUBH 5050 Health Care Across the Life Course: From Policy to Practice 3
BST 5400 Applied Data Management 3
HMP 5390 Ethical Leadership in Health Management and Policy 3
PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
XXX-#### Elective PH or SOM 3
BSH 5320 Public Health Advocacy 3
BSH 5400 Assessment, Intervention Development, and Evaluation I 3
PUBH 5910 Practice Experience in Public Health 1
PUBH 5960 Capstone in Public Health Practice 3
PUBH 5950 Special Study for Examinations 0
 Total Credits42

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of graduate recruitment and admissions