Public Health, M.P.H. & Medicine, M.D. Dual Degree

Saint Louis University's Master of Public Health/Medical Doctor dual degree program is conducted under the joint auspices of the College for Public Health and Social Justice and the School of Medicine.

The M.P.H. is offered as an accelerated program that can be completed in three consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring) devoted entirely to M.P.H. coursework. The program requires completion of professional medical school requirements as well as the fulfillment of a complete M.P.H. with public health practice concentration (42 credits), which may include up to six credits of coursework from the School of Medicine M.D. degree requirements.

Students interested in earning an M.D./M.P.H. apply during the first two years of medical studies to the College for Public Health and Social Justice. Upon successful completion of the first three years of medical studies, including all required clinical clerkships and steps one and two of the United States Medical License Examination, the student enters one year of public health studies. Students then return to the School of Medicine to complete the fourth year.

Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME). 

For additional information see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Public Health, M.P.H.

Medicine, Doctor of

Students must meet the admission requirements and be admitted into both degree programs according to the processes of each of the participating academic units in order to pursue a dual degree program.

Individuals may apply to the M.P.H. degree program concurrently with application to the School of Medicine or following their admission to the School of Medicine; however, admission to the dual degree program is contingent upon admission to both the M.P.H. and the M.D. degree programs.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Students complete the Doctor of Medicine curriculum then the M.P.H. curriculum. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
SummerCredits
Critical course:  HCE 5020 Ethical Issues in Public Health 2
Critical course:  PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 2
Critical course:  PUBH 5040 Generating Evidence from Public Health Data 1 3
 Credits7
Fall
Critical course:  HMP 5000 Health Care Organization 3
Critical course:  HMP 5300 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
Critical course:  HMP 5500 Health Policy 3
Critical course:  PUBH 5060 Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health 2
Critical course:  PUBH 5070 Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice 3
ElectivePH or MD Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
MPH Professional Development Series: Completion of 4 sessions required during Year 1 (prerequisite for PUBH 5910).  
 Credits17
Spring
Critical course:  HMP 5720 Government Financing of Health Care 3
Critical course:  PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
Critical course:  PUBH 5950 Special Study for Examinations 5 0
Critical course:  PUBH 5910 Practice Experience in Public Health 4 3
Critical course:  PUBH 5960 Capstone in Public Health Practice 3
ElectivePH or MD Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
ElectivePH or MD Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
MPH Professional Development Series: Completion of 4 sessions required during Year 1 (prerequisite for PUBH 5910).  
 Credits18
 Total Credits42
1

PUBH 5050: Students in the Health Management and Policy concentration and the Public Health Practice concentration will take HMP 5000 in place of PUBH 5050.

2

PUBH 5070: Students in the Behavioral Science and Health Education concentration and the Global Health concentration will take BSH 5400 in place of PUBH 5070.

3

PUBH 5910: Internship/Practice Experience Mentor approval required.  Students in the Health Management and Policy concentration will take HMP 5910 in place of PUBH 5910.  Students in the Health Management and Policy/Epidemiology and Health Management and Policy part-time concentrations can choose between either course depending on their interests.

4

PUBH 5950: Registration in this class indicates student has completed coursework required to sit for the CPH exam in the spring semester.  


Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions 
bernard.backer@slu.edu 
314-977-8144