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Medicine & Public Health (MD/MPH)

Recognizing the importance of public health in the field of medicine, the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) offer a joint degree program in medicine and public health. This program is designed for students with special interest in aspects of medicine dealing with biostatistics, epidemiology of acute or chronic disease, organization and management of health services, environmental health, or aspects of preventive medicine and public health. This joint degree is more than simply a list of courses taken at both schools. It is an integrated educational program which is designed to achieve a combination of the two programs in a way that is complementary to both while protecting the integrity of each separate program.

The MD/MPH joint degree program combines the YSPH two-year Master of Public Health degree with the School of Medicine four-year Doctor of Medicine degree. The joint degree program normally requires five years of full-time study, and both degrees are awarded simultaneously at the conclusion of the five-year period.

Yale medical students interested in the Joint MD/MPH Program follow one of the Advanced Professional Degree tracks and should contact the program director, Professor Mayur Desai, to discuss how the MPH curriculum will be integrated into their medical studies.


Joint degree candidates spend four years in the School of Medicine and one year enrolled at YSPH. Course planning for joint degree candidates should be carried out in consultation with the appropriate educational advisors at YSPH and the School of Medicine, and must satisfy the following general requirements:

The Public Health Component

Joint degree candidates must complete all of the core MPH courses as described in the School of Public Health Bulletin. All MPH students must complete the following core courses:

  • EPH 100a – Professional Skills Series (no credit)
  • EPH 505a - Biostatistics in Public Health (not required for BIS)
  • EPH 507a - Social Justice and Health Equity
  • EPH 508a - Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health
  • EPH 510a - Health Policy and Health Care Systems
  • EPH 513b - Major Health Threats: Determinants and Solutions

Students must also complete all departmental requirements, a public health practicum and the thesis/capstone course. Joint degree students with the School of Medicine are not required to complete a summer internship at YSPH.

The following exceptions to the standard YSPH curriculum apply to joint degree students:

The total number of YSPH course units required for the joint degree is reduced from 20 to 15. The MPH thesis counts as two course units. (If a student obtains an exemption for a required course, an elective must be substituted; an exemption does not reduce the total number of required course units below 15.)

Joint degree students in this program typically take 6 courses for 2 semesters and then complete the thesis and the practicum course in a third semester. The YSPH Committee on Academic Progress reviews each student’s progress toward the YSPH component of the joint degree.

One thesis satisfies both degree requirements provided it is approved and prepared under the YSPH thesis guidelines and is in an appropriate subject area.

The School of Medicine Component

Medical students are required to complete the following YSPH related courses during their first two years of basic science coursework: Biostatistics, Health Care Policy and Financing, Professional Responsibility and Medicine, and Society and Public Health.

USMLE Policy Requirement

MS3 Clerkship students starting a dual degree program, such as the MPH, MHS and MBA programs are generally required to schedule and pass both Step 1 and Step 2 CK prior to the start of the degree program. Due to the COVID delayed completion of the clerkship year to the end of February, the EPCC has voted to allow this year’s dual degree students to schedule one of the exams to be taken prior to the start of the degree and to work with their advisor to schedule the second exam in a timely fashion, but not necessarily prior to starting the degree program. After working out a schedule with the advisor the students must notify the Chair of the Progress Committee, Dr. Deborah Proctor of the plan.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Joint degree candidates are charged one year of tuition by YSPH and four years of tuition by the School of Medicine. Tuition is paid to the school where the student is in residence. </p><p>
Tuition, fees, and financial aid policies differ between the two schools. Students should consult the financial aid officers in each school for a description of their respective policies.</p>

rev. 11.6.2020