Explore related undergraduate and advanced degrees and programs offered through Feinberg and the other Northwestern University schools via the links below. Additional information related to the Feinberg’s MD program is available throughout the Education site. Find additional MD Program information via the Office of Admissions site.
Feinberg Clinical Professional Degree Programs
Feinberg has an integrated doctor of medicine curriculum designed to prepare students for careers as medical professionals. In addition to available experiences in research, global medicine, and diverse care environments, the curriculum was updated with Class of 2016 to prepare students for the challenges of 21st century medicine.
The Physical Therapy program is a 27-month program offered through the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement. Upon fulfilling degree requirements, students sit for the license examination.
This accredited, two-year program features lecture, small group discussion, clinical experiences, team-based learning, and problem-based learning. The clinical year consists of seven required rotations and a vast number of possible electives.
The Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center masters in Prosthetics & Orthotics Program (MPO) is a full-time, two-year (21-month) academic curriculum that prepares the graduate to enter an accredited residency program, sit for national certification examinations, and become a successful entry-level practitioner in prosthetics and orthotics.
Combined Degree Programs for Medical Students
The Combined MD/MA Program is designed for students at Feinberg who are interested in earning an MA in Medical Humanities & Bioethics concurrently with their MD.
Planning is underway with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management for a new MD/MBA joint degree. Students will apply during their third year of medical school and will spend approximately one year exclusively doing coursework with Kellogg on the Chicago campus. They will return to medical school to complete their fourth-year rotations while also completing evening classes at Kellogg.
The MD/MPH Program allows students in the medical school to earn a master of Public Health degree part-time in the evening while they earn a MD at Feinberg. Administered through the Department of Preventive Medicine, students should first be accepted into the medical school before applying to the Graduate School.
The relatively new disciplines of healthcare quality and patient safety have emerged as central to the development of good healthcare, and require acquisition of substantive knowledge and skills not covered in current medical education curricula. The goal of this program is to educate and develop the next generation of quality improvement and patient safety clinician leaders. The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety is part-time and can be completed in the first two years of medical school while allowing students to continue their medical education. Additionally, the coursework in the master’s program can assist students with the Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) requirement at Feinberg.
The MSTP program allows students to work towards both an MD and PhD degree through the medical school and the Graduate School, respectively. Students are first admitted to the medical school before applying for the MSTP.
Early Decision Programs
The Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) admits students simultaneously to one of the undergraduate colleges at Northwestern University in Evanston and Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. HPME students participate in a flexible, individualized undergraduate program that may be completed in three or four years prior to matriculation to Feinberg School of Medicine.
The Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP) is an early MD acceptance program into the Feinberg School of Medicine for high achieving Northwestern University undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to a career as a physician.
Other Feinberg School Programs
The MMI program prepares students for opportunities across the spectrum of healthcare delivery, exploring current systems as well as industry trends, and developing essential skills such as change management and negotiation. The MMI program provides specific course tracks to cater to students from both clinical and IT backgrounds, and prepares students for board certification in medical informatics, a designated medical subspecialty.
An interdisciplinary professional program, Northwestern University's MSRC addresses core areas of regulatory compliance, including risk management, quality systems, leadership, and communication skills. The MSRC curriculum focuses on these interdisciplinary core competencies while also stressing practical applications within the program's three tracks: healthcare compliance, clinical research, and quality systems.
The Certificate Program in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety is a structured curriculum that presents the emerging content and skills healthcare professionals need to become effective practitioners and leaders in quality and safety. The 12-month, part-time program and can be completed by students living outside the Chicago area.Visit the Certificate Program in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety website.
Northwestern University Graduate School Programs
The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in the Life Sciences, formerly known as the Driskill Graduate Program in the Life Sciences (DGP), was established in 1990 to serve as an umbrella program for graduate student training in all basic science and clinical departments at the medical school. The program is designed to give its students flexibility in choosing courses, research interests, and thesis advisors at the medical school while offering them a strong foundation in the modern sciences. Students can earn a PhD degree in one of their nine curricula.
The Interdepartmental Biological Sciences (IBiS) Program at Northwestern University trains students to pursue innovative, interdisciplinary research in the rapidly evolving life and biomedical sciences disciplines.
Four schools and 20 departments participate in this program that offers students a PhD in Neuroscience. Those enrolled work with faculty from the Graduate School, Feinberg School of Medicine, School of Speech and the School of Engineering. One of NUIN's goals is to provide the students with hands-on laboratory research.
The division of Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers this degree. Each year five to seven new students are admitted.
This program is offered through a partnership between the School of Professional Studies and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health. The degree can be completed part time and entirely online, allowing students anywhere in the world access to the program while maintaining their personal and professional commitments.
This 18-month program is aimed at preparing students to provide one-on-one or group genetic counseling. Students apply through the Graduate School and the program is conducted primarily on the Chicago campus.
The program is a rigorous master's level education in the legal, historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts of medicine.
The MPH program is a part-time evening program designed to prepare health care professionals to be boundary spanners between clinical care and public health. Students typically complete four hours of classroom instruction per week, year round, for three years. This program is administered through the Feinberg Department of Preventive Medicine.
The master of science in Clinical Investigation is a part-time evening program that complements the Master's of Public Health program in providing education in quantitative and ethically sound methods necessary for design, implementation, analysis, and publication of clinical research studies.
The MSEB is an intensive four quarter (July 1st - June 30th) degree program in epidemiology and biostatistics. The program provides an education in the design, conduct and data analysis of population-based research with a focus on quantitative methods. It is sponsored by the Department of Preventive Medicine.
The relatively new disciplines of healthcare quality and patient safety have emerged as central to the development of good healthcare, and require acquisition of substantive knowledge and skills. The goal of this program is to educate and develop leaders in quality improvement and patient safety. The master’s program is designed to meet educational goals while allowing students to continue their careers or medical education, making the program accessible to medical students, clinicians, and working healthcare professionals. The program is part-time and does not require students to live in the Chicago area.
The master of science in Health Communication is a one-year program that prepares graduates to design, produce, analyze, and evaluate effective campaigns, policies, protocols, and media products in order to improve health and healthcare outcomes.
The master of science in Health Services and Outcomes Research is a part-time program that provides interdisciplinary research training to students, fellows, residents and faculty who want to expand their research expertise and make contributions to the fields of health services and outcomes research. The program is geared toward physicians, PhDs, and experienced healthcare professionals, and aims equip graduates to investigate and address key issues related to the delivery and outcomes of healthcare.
The Health Sciences Integrated Program (HSIP) offers doctoral student training across multiple disciplines within the Health Sciences.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine adopted a competency-based framework in 2009, explicitly defining the educational expectations, goals, and assessment standards for medical students. These competencies help develop the patient-care and leadership skills needed by today's physicians.
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