Coordinated Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health 2014-15


Students must be admitted to the UAB School of Medicine (SOM) MD program before being considered for the Coordinated MD/MPH Program. Interested students will have the School of Medicine forward their application materials to the School of Public Health (SOPH), submit to the Graduate School a SOPH application, and career goals statement. Students may elect to apply to both programs at the same time, to the MPH program after they have matriculated to medical school or, if accepted to the SOM after enrolling in the MPH, the student may transfer to the coordinated degree. The Associate Dean will review the application, make an admission decision, and serve as the advisor for all MD/MPH students.


Program Options

Students may choose between two program formats: a four-year program or a five-year program.

  • The four-year program requires students to complete MPH coursework while also completing medical school coursework. Additionally, students in the four-year program begin taking courses the summer before they begin medical school.
  • The five-year program requires students to take a one-year leave of absence from medical school to concentrate on MPH coursework.


More Information



MPH / MD Program - Fall 2014

Curriculum Planning Sheet

The MPH is a minimum of 42 hours, with a minimum of 30 hours of SOPH coursework and 12 hours of scholarly work required by the SOM. This coordinated degree is considered a general MPH track which allows the student to customize their curriculum.

Core Requirement 23 hours
BST 611/612:  Intermediate Statistical Analysis I & II OR BST 601 6 hours OR 4 hours
ENH 600: Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3 hours
EPI 610 and Lab: Epidemiology OR EPI 610 4 hours OR 3 hours
HB 600: Social & Behavioral Sciences Core 3 hours
HCO 600: Introduction to Public Health Systems and Population 3 hours
PUH 695: Public Health Integrative Experience 1 hour
PUH 697 Internship 3 hours
Electives (from any department) 7 hours
Total SOPH Coursework 30 hours
 Credit from MD Curriculum 12 hours

Each medical student will complete a special topics and a scholarly project for that will count for 12 hours toward the MPH requirements. The scholarly project will have a public health focus and the student will be advised by a School of Public Health mentor. 

     - Public Health Scholarly Project 8 horus
     - Special Topics - Public Health 4 hours
Total Hours 42 or more hours


Dropping Out of the Program Prior to Completion

Students MUST complete both degrees to successfully complete the program. Students must meet with the MD/MPH committee to request a leave or to drop out of the program.