Combined MD/MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology

The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (Stempel College) are proposing a new combined degree program of a Master’s of Public Health and a Doctor of Medicine. An MPH is a professional public health degree emphasizing the understanding of population health and disease. The MD degree is a clinical medicine degree focusing on patient-centered clinical care.

Students may apply to the combined program in their third year of medical study. Each College will independently review and admit applicants to their programs. Only students admitted to both programs will enroll in classes in the combined program.

Combined degree students will complete the first three years of coursework in the College of Medicine. Then, beginning in the fourth year, students in the combined program will interrupt their medical studies and begin classes for the MPH program. Classes in the MPH program will be taken in the fall, spring and summer semesters of the fourth year. During this time, students will complete 36 hours of course work in the Public Health program. At the beginning of the fifth year, students will recommence taking courses in the medical program. Nine credit hours in the medical program will be applied toward fulfillment of the requirements for the MPH degree. Students will graduate with both degrees at the end of the fifth year.

Program at a glance

  • MCAT scores accepted in lieu of GRE
  • Earn your MPH between your third and fourth academic years of medical school.
  • Expand your career opportunities with a public health approach to population health and disease
  • Expand your professional network with peers and colleagues in public health

Program fees

Tuition for the combined MD/MPH program is approximately $455 per credit for in-state Florida residents ($16,380 for all 36 public health graduate credits), and $1,000 per credit for out-of-state students ($36,000 for all 36 public health graduate credits)*.

*Please note that tuition and fees will vary slightly from one year to the next. The fees listed above are for 2018-2019

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the MD/MPH program, prospective students must provide:

  • Approvals from HWCOM
  • Online graduate admissions application, including a non-refundable $30 application fee
  • MCAT scores
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV


Students enrolled in the MPH will be required to earn a total of 36 graduate credits in public health. Another 9 credits of public health electives from the MD program will be used toward fulfillment of the MPH degree, totaling the 45 required credits. A list and schedule of the MPH course offerings can be found below:

  • PHC 6000 Epidemiology I: Introduction to Public Health (3)
  • PHC 6052 Biostatistics I
  • PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Policy and Management (3)
  • PHC 6003 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3) OR PHC 6008 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • PHC 6002 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • PHC 6315 Introduction to Environmental Health (3)