Medicine and Public Health Dual Degree - MD/MPH

The MD/MPH dual degree allows UTMB medical students to complete the MPH within the 4-years of medical school. Advantages of completing the MD/MPH in 4-years include the following:

  • Time: Eliminates additional one-year of study (to step out during 3rd & 4th year). Due to shared credits between the School of Medicine and Graduate School, there are only 30 additional hours (as opposed to 42-hours for the traditional MPH).
  • Cost: Cost for MPH only includes tuition (fees are only paid once through SOM). 
  • Residency Match: Students may match better in some competitive residencies.
  • Opportunities to Explore Interests: Caters to interests in research, global health, underserved populations, infectious disease, social determinants of health, and health care services and systems.

The UTMB MPH graduates in the Generalist track are expected to master the following competencies:

  1. Analyze the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems in the United States
  2. Apply evaluation methods and quality measurement, assurance and improvement concepts to address organizational performance
  3. Assess the roles of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability, and delivery of health care and public health services
  4. Generate data-informed recommendations for patients and populations
  5. Select services and resources to address health-related needs, such as housing, transportation, and food insecurity, in populations and individuals

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.

Application Requirements:

All applications to the MD/MPH program should be submitted through SOPHAS Express.

  1. Official transcripts: Applicants must have completed a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree (or the foreign equivalent) at a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Recommendation: Only one letter of recommendation is required for applicants to the certificate program. It is highly recommended that the letter come from an individual who can speak to the applicant's academic abilities.
  4. Personal Statement: This essay must describe the applicant's past education, work/volunteer experiences, and career objectives. Applicants are encouraged to describe their interest in the certificate program, area(s) of research/professional interest, interest in UTMB, and how the certificate will apply to their career goals.

SPPH Graduate Programs | University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-1110 | (409) 772-6635

Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH
Director
Public Health Graduate Program
(409) 772-2288
clpennel@utmb.edu

Christina Johnson
Coordinator, Student Recruitment & Admissions
(409) 747-7584
cnross@utmb.edu