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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Education in Health Sciences
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The Driskill Graduate Program PhD/MPH and the Medical Anthropology PhD/MPH programs are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. For more information, please contact PPH admissions.

Our program creates an integrated approach to help students apply their PhD work in the area of population health. With the combined resources of Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and The Graduate School, our students will be prepared to address new and evolving challenges at the intersection of Public Health and Medicine.

There are two options:

Life Sciences PhD/MPH

In partnership with Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP),  the Program in Public Health offers  the rare opportunity to earn the MPH degree concurrent with a PhD in the life sciences. Graduates of the program have many career options including university and academic medical center laboratories, CDC research labs and non-governmental agencies such as the Joint Commission.

Medical Anthropology PhD/MPH

This program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership in academic and government institutions in positions requiring expertise in bio-cultural approaches to the study of human health and disease. Graduates of the program have gone on to positions in academic departments of anthropology.




Our interdisciplinary MPH program bridges theory and practice by having coursework in three main areas plus a professional experience component.

  • Core Coursework

    Foundation public health coursework includes biostatistics, behavioral science, management, epidemiology and environmental health sciences.

  • Generalist Concentration Selectives

    Courses required for your specialty area if you choose a concentration.

  • Electives

    Round out your coursework with classes relevant to your interests or professional goals.

  • Professional Experiences

    The Applied Practice Experience (APEx) is a two-course sequence and 160 hours of practice work at a site or with a faculty supervisor.

    In the culminating experience, you have the opportunity to bridge theory and practice with a synthesis "thesis" or "capstone"-style project.



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