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.
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.