Our accredited doctor of medicine and master's of public health (MD/MPH) program creates an integrated approach to help students improve both individual and population health. With the combined resources of Northwestern University 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.
Our MD/MPH Program is structured to meet the needs of our students:
- Evening MPH classes: Students complete their MD curriculum during the day and MPH classes in the evenings, one or more days per week.
- Four-year completion: Our program is designed for students who wish to complete the MD and MPH degrees within four years, making them highly competitive for residencies, fellowships and research opportunities.
- MD/MPH cohort: You will be supported and challenged by your cohort of same-year MD/MPH students that come from all over the world.
The 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.
- Electives: Round out your coursework with classes relevant to your interests or professional goals. Some MD courses count as an elective MPH credit, allowing you to complete your degree in four years.
- Professional experiences: The Applied Practice Experience (APEx) is a two-course sequence and 160 hours of practice work at an approved site. In the Culminating Experience (CE), you have the opportunity to bridge theory and practice with a synthesis "thesis" or "capstone"-style project.
You’ll round out your coursework with electives such as infectious disease epidemiology, health policy, maternal/child health, and health law. Some MD courses count as elective MPH credit, allowing you to complete your degree in just four years.