Medical Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathy
Physicians are educated and trained on how to diagnose and treat human disease. Public Health professionals assess factors affecting health, critique and apply research findings and, in turn, develop strategies and implement various measures to promote health and prevent disease.
Thus, integrated education and training toward the combined MD and MPH degrees or DO and MPH degrees complement and enhance each other and provide health care professionals with greater understanding of health issues and better tools to understand and prevent human diseases. The Division of Public Health and Colleges of Human Medicine (CHM) and Osteopathic Medicine (COM) at Michigan State University are proud to offer students a dual MD/MPH or DO/MPH degree.
Students interested in one of these dual degrees must apply to College of Human Medicine (CHM) or College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) AND the Graduate School at Michigan State University. Students must also apply to the online MPH degree program (application information is available at www.publichealth.msu.edu). Each applicant is evaluated independently by both CHM or COM and the Division of Public Health MPH Admissions Committees.
If accepted by the medical college and the MPH, the student has two options for earning their dual degree.
- Option A is to complete their MPH coursework prior to beginning medical school, actually delaying matriculation by one year.
- Option B has the students complete two years of medical school and then take a gap year from medical school to complete their MPH coursework prior to resuming their medical school studies.
|CHM or COM Year||OPTION A||CHM or COM Year||OPTION B|
|1||MD or DO||1||MD or DO|
|2||MD or DO||2||MD or DO|
|3||MD or DO||GAP||MPH|
|4||MD or DO||3||MD or DO|
|--||--||4||MD or DO|
With either option, students work with their CHM or COM advisor and their MPH advisor to develop a curriculum plan that supports their studies in both areas. Students complete the culminating experience portion of their MPH coursework during an elective clerkship at the end of their studies.
Students interested in learning more may contact the Division of Public Health academic office at (517) 353-4883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
The MPH degree is the preferred degree for those interested in working in local, state, federal and international public health agencies such as MDCH, CDC, FDA, WHO and USDA. Students interested in public health are usually active in the College’s “One Health Club”, which is a very active and supportive learning cohort of students with a deep interest in public health. Most dual degree students take MPH courses during the summers after their first and second years of veterinary school. However, it is a great idea to start taking MPH courses in the summer before veterinary school, which generally means that both the DVM and MPH degrees can be completed at about the same time. Students will want to have their six required MPH courses completed before they enter their last 1.5 years of veterinary school. This will allow them to take a clerkship that will meet requirements for their DVM program as well as their MPH practicum requirement. The MPH program accepts 9 transfer credits from the DVM program. Students who take HM 803 and HM 864 in the MPH program have typically been excused from taking VM 544 and VM 533 during their third semester of veterinary school, thereby freeing up time that semester to take a couple of MPH courses without additional truition charges. If you want to start taking MPH courses during the summer before veterinary school, you’ll need to apply immediately to the MPH program after being accepted to DVM program, because the application deadline for the MPH program is usually at the end of March. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Bartlett and the public health academic office.
Master of Social Work
For additional information on this degree please visit the School of Social Work website.
Master of Science in Food Safety
For additional information on this degree, please visit the MS Food Safety Curriculum page.