(MD/MPH) Coordinated Doctor of Medicine / Master of Public Health Program 2016-17

Catalog 2016-2017

Program Description

This coordinated degree program is offered through the UAB School of Medicine and the UAB School of Public Health. Students may focus their MPH in any one of four areas: (1) Environmental Health Science, (2) Epidemiology, (3) Health Behavior, (4) Health Care Organization and Policy, or a combination (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

This complementary MD/MPH coordinated degree program provide students with a fuller and richer perspective of community and global health issues including the epidemiology of disease, health behavior, the impact of environmental and occupational factors on patient health, disease progression, management of disease states, access to care and health policy as well as social, legal and ethical issues. Addition of an MPH degree broadens graduates career opportunities providing a foundation for positions in research, government, international health as well as private industry.


Program Requirements


Students must complete the MPH Core plus 10 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required MD curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the MD curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours.

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.

Students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to the UAB School of Medicine (SOM) MD program before being considered for the Coordinated MD/MPH Program. 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.

Upon acceptance to the MD program, students will be accepted automatically to the MPH degree program.

Application Process

Students must apply separately to each program. To apply to the UAB School of Medicine, please follow this link for step by step instructions: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/home/future-students/admissions.

To apply to the UAB School of Public Health, apply through the Graduate School’s Apply Yourself online application. For the review process, the School of Public Health will use the AMCAS application for the transcript, test score, and reference letter requirement.

Special instructions:

  • Select “MPH dual program” and then the MPH/MD General Track.
  • Test score field is required, so enter "GRE or MCAT" and a date so it will allow you to advance in the application.
  • In the essay section of the AY application, please indicate which campus you have been assigned to for MS3 and MS4.
  • The reference letter field is also required, so enter three names from your AMCAS application and select ‘no’ when asked if they will be electronic submission.
    • If you are a current Medical Student, a letter of recommendation is required from Dr. Kezar. Please input her name and email in the letter of recommendation section and select “yes” for electronic submission.

Curriculum Planning 

Click here for Coordinated Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) Program Curriculum Planning Sheet - 4 Year Plan

Click here for Coordinated Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) Program Curriculum Planning Sheet - 5th Year Plan

Contact Information

For additional information concerning the coordinated MD/MPH program contact the School of Public Health at soph@uab.edu.