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The Driskill Graduate Program PhD/MPH and the Medical Anthropology PhD/MPH programs create 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.

The programs accept applications each fall for the upcoming academic year. Visit each program's website to apply. For more information, please email our admissions team.


Choose from Two Options

Life Sciences PhD/MPH

In partnership with Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP), our program 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, consulting firms and non-governmental agencies such as 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 biocultural approaches to the study of human health and disease. Graduates of the program have gone on to positions in academic departments of anthropology. Visit the Department of Anthropology site.

Apply to the Medical Anthropology Program


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

  • Core coursework: Foundational public health coursework includes biostatistics, behavioral science, management, epidemiology and environmental health sciences.
  • Concentration selectives: Courses required for your specialty area if you choose a concentration other than generalist.
  • 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 at an approved site. In the Culminating Experience (CE), you have the opportunity to bridge theory and practice with a project, paper, and podium presentation.