Students admitted to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine are eligible to apply to the combined MD / MPH program. The combined degree will provide well-trained physicians with additional skills and knowledge in public health policies and procedures, enabling them to provide service to individuals within the context of a healthy community and its unique population characteristics. The MD and MPH program is designed for completion in five years.
In addition to being admitted to the College of Medicine, students applying to the MD / MPH program must meet the admissions requirements for the Graduate School of the University of Kentucky and the College of Public Health. Students must complete an online centralized application through the School of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). For more information visit: www.sophas.org.
Students in the MD /MPH program will complete the majority of the public health courses during the third year of the five-year program while enrolled solely in the College of Public Health. However, students in good academic standing may take a limited number of public health courses in the first-, second-, and fourth-year of medical school. Some of these courses may be eligible for credit toward both the MD and the MPH degrees.
Before beginning the MD / MPH course of study, students should meet with the College of Public Health Director of Admissions, and the College of Medicine Dean of Student Affairs to map out a sequence of courses. Coursework is subject to change based on course availability and satisfactory student performance.
MPH Areas of Concentration
Biostatistics – the development and application of methodology for quantitative studies in public health and biomedical research
Epidemiology – study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injury in human populations
Environmental Health – the protection, promotion, and maintenance of the health of defined populations
Health Behavior – the prevention of disease, both domestically and globally, through the study of behaviors affecting health
Health Management and Policy – improving the quality, availability, and effectiveness of public health and health care systems
MPH Certificate Options
In addition to five areas of concentration, the College of Public Health offers opportunities for the MD /MPH students to pursue one of the following certificate options:
- Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics
- Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
- Graduate Certificate in Global Health
- Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health
- Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management
MD /MPH Combined Degree
|Program Year||College Year||Curriculum||Credit Hours|
|Pre-MD / MPH||Students may take courses prior to medical school (potentially fall, spring and summer before medical school)||Up to nine hours may be transferred|
|Years One and Two||First and Second Years of Medical School||Spring semester of first year and both semesters of second year, students may take MPH courses in place of medical school electives||Up to six hours, total possible|
|Year Three||Dedicated to Master of Public Health Studies||
MPH year, students will take 15 credit hours each semester
Class work for MPH capstone course* initiated, and capstone project completion deferred until the end of Year Five.
Summer between MPH year and and the third year of medical school, may take MPH Practicum* in the four-week session (would not fulfill Area Health Education Center requirement)
|Year Four||Third Year of Medical School||M3 year dedicated to medical school only|
|Year Five||Fourth Year of Medical School||
MPH Practicum* in Fall (if not taken before)
MPH Capstone* in spring semester
*The MPH practicum and capstone course may be recognized for credit toward both the MD and the MPH degree. If the practicum is taken during the fourth year of medical school, it may fulfill one of the medical school AHEC requirements.
For more information contact Laverne R. Carter, Director of Admissions, (859) 218-2066.