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MD-MPH Degree

Program at a Glance

Together with the College of Medicine, the Upstate Public Health Program offers a dual degree program for students interested in pursuing both the MD and MPH degree. The MD/MPH typically takes about five years to earn both degrees. Most students complete their MPH between MSII and MSIII. As such, the timeline would follow: 

MSI Courses (Year One)
MSII Courses (Year Two)
MPH Coursework - see below (Year Three)
MSIII Required Clerkships (Year Four)
MSIV (Year Five)

Students enrolled in the Upstate Public Health dual degree program will be automatically enrolled in the Population Health for Clinicians Concentration. 


MPH Coursework Overview: Population Health for Clinicians Concentration

Foundational Courses (24 Credit Hours)

  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • Social & Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Administration
  • Public Health Research Methods
  • Program Planning & Evaluation

Concentration Specific Courses (5.5 Credit Hours)

  • Public Health and Biopsychosocial Primary Care 
  • Advanced Epidemiology OR Advanced Biostatistics

Medical School Courses for MPH Credit (6.5 Credit Hours)

  • Population Health for Physicians (.5 Credit Hours)
  • Clinical Bioethics (1 Credit Hour)
  • Patients to Populations or FRMI (2.5 Credit Hours)
  • FRMII or Practice of Medicine II (2.5 Credit Hours)

Applied Practice Experience (3 Credit Hours)

Elective(s) (Minimum of 3 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive Exam 
In their final semester of the MPH study, students take a comprehensive exam – an integrated learning experience – that incorporates all of the coursework and subject matter they have learned in the program.


How to Apply

Students Applying for Entrance to the MD/MPH Program: 

Need to have completed all of the requirements for admission to the College of Medicine as outlined in the admissions package. Prospective applicants will submit their AMCAS application indicating the combined MD/MPH degree option and follow the regular AMCAS application process outlined on the College of Medicine admissions homepage.

Students should submit their application prior to planning for the next year of their MD Program

Once selected for an interview, applicants will be asked to complete a supplemental application with an MPH essay and 2 additional letters of recommendations from people familiar with their public health interest.

  • Deadline to apply to AMCAS: October 15th
  • Deadline for a complete application: December 1st
  • Deadline for current MD students who wish to apply: April 30th

Current Upstate MD Students Applying to the MD/MPH Program:

  • Go to http://www.upstate.edu/banner-apply
  • Once logged in, click on NEW Under "For Current Upstate Students Only:" you will find "MD/MPH Internal"
  • Submit a screen shot of your current Upstate transcript/grades from MyUpstate to admiss@upstate.edu
  • Two Letters of Recommendation sent directly to admiss@upstate.edu or mailed to the admissions office at: SUNY Upstate, 766 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210, Attn: Student Admissions
  • Public Health Essay: Choose and describe a public health issue/problem in which you have an interest and present at least one possible approach to addressing that issue/problem. The essay should be no more than 750 words.
  • Statement of Intent: Your Personal statement provides us with a more complete picture of each applicant. The statement provides an opportunity for you to present yourself as an individual with unique strengths and skills. We will be looking at your problem-solving and writing skills as well as your interest in Public Health. You should address your career goals and any health-related experience as it applies to public health you may have had (note: you do not have to have public health experience to be considered for this program.)
  • These essays can be sent via email to admiss@upstate.edu


Hear what some of our MD-MPH Graduates have to say about the program.