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MD-MPH Program

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 the MPH coursework in the first year of the MD/MPH Program, known as Year Zero. As such, the timeline would follow: 

MPH Coursework - see below (Year Zero)

MSI Courses (Year One)
MSII Courses (Year Two)
MSIII Required Clerkships (Year Three)
MSIV (Year Four)

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 Foundations
  • Public Health Research Methods
  • Program Planning & Evaluation

Concentration Specific Courses (5.5 Credit Hours)

  • Public Health and Biopsychosocial Primary Care 
  • Advanced Epidemiology

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 (2.5 Credit Hours)
  • FRMII (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.


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