Dual Program MD MPH

Medicine and Public Health Dual Degree (MD/MPH)

Medical students at UTMB have the opportunity to earn the Master of Public Health degree through a four-year dual degree program or five-year dual degree program. MPH training provides select medical students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in careers that bridge medicine and public health.

Our MPH Program includes coursework and learning experiences that prepare graduates to practice evidence-based and community-oriented public health in a range of clinical, occupational, and community settings.

Starting in Fall 2019, incoming medical students at UTMB have the opportunity to enroll in a dual-degree program that allows students earn both the MD and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees in four years.

The program is made possible through shared credits between the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In addition to the medical school curriculum, students take courses in the following:

  • Prevention Science
  • Quantitative & Qualitative Methods
  • Health Systems Science
  • Ecological Approaches to Health
  • Public Health Professionalism & Leadership
  • Public Health Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation
  • Evidence-Based Practice

Click here for an overview of the 4-year MD/MPH curriculum.

TO APPLY: Applicants interested in the 4-year MD/MPH program are required to complete a short REDCap application that can be found here. This form requires demographic information, public health experience, and a personal statement that describes your interest in public health and how the MPH fits into your career goals. The Admissions Committee for the program looks at this information along with the TMDSAS application to make their admissions decisions.  

Scheduling & Curriculum

The recommended plan of study for the 5-year MD/MPH is to schedule the MPH program year between years 3 and 4 of medical school. The graduate year consists of three terms beginning during or after period 3 of the medical school curriculum: Fall (August through December), Spring (January through April), Summer (April through August). Students must complete the USMLE Step II before enrolling in the graduate school.

Dual degree students must complete the degree plan for the 1-year MPH: Epidemiology degree. A breakdown of courses by semester can be found below. 

1-year MPH curriculum

Introduction to Epidemiology (PHS 6330; 3 cr.)
Biostatistics (PHS 6296-006; 2 cr.)
Foundations in Public Health (PHS 6015; 3 cr.)
Public Health Applications (PHS 6324; 3 cr.)
Introduction to Data Management (PHS 6210; 2 cr.)

Total credits: 13 
Epidemiological Methods (PHS 6333; 3 cr.)
Applied Statistical Methods (PHS 6347; 3 cr.)
Social Determinants of Health (PHS 6296-006; 2 cr.)
Infectious Disease Epidemiology (PHS 6233; 2 cr.)
Chronic Disease Epidemiology (PHS 6234; 2 cr.)
Health Policy & Management (PHS 6384; 3 cr.)

Total credits: 15
Ethics of Science (MEHU 101; 1 cr.)
Public Health Practice Experience (PHS 6070; 4 cr.)
Public Health Professional Development (PHS 6XXX; 3 cr.)
Capstone/Integrative Learning Experience (PHS 6XXX; 3 cr.)
Research Rotation (PHS 6011; 3 cr.) 

Total credits: 14 credit hours


Preventive Medicine Graduate Programs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

Phone: (409) 772-6635


small_pennelCara Pennel, DrPH, MPH
Public Health Graduate Program
Phone: (409) 772-2288
Email: clpennel@utmb.edu


Leslie Stalnaker, MPHLeslie Stalnaker, MPH
Program Manager
Public Health Graduate Program
(409) 772-5271
Email: lastalna@utmb.edu