Why Pursue an MD MPH Program?
Whether you are a current or future RUSM student, the treatment of individual patients is, or will be, the focus of your medical school training. For those students who want to enter clinical practice with a broader perspective, Ross University School of Medicine has partnered with Chamberlain University College of Health Professions (Chamberlain) to offer a unique opportunity to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the same time as your MD degree.
Why Pursue an MD and an MPH?
Physicians with an MPH degree often have a broader understanding of how decisions that are made for individual patients can ultimately shape the entire community. Through specialized study, they take a deep dive into looking at the intricate balance of elements that make up healthy communities. As an MD with an MPH, you should be able to bridge the gap between patient and community and think about your patients in a broader context. This, in turn, allows you to provide your patients with better, more targeted care because you’ll be viewing health issues through a different lens.
In short, pursuing an MPH degree in tandem with your MD degree allows you to practice clinical medicine even more effectively.
MPH Program Overview
Chamberlain’s flexible, 42-credit MPH is a generalist graduate degree program. RUSM students who pursue the degree with their MD degree can compete the program in as few as four years. Coursework is asynchronous, offered 100% online, and includes:
- Quantitative methods in public health (biostatistics)
- Healthcare Policy
- Community activism and program development
- Behavioral and social aspects of public health
- Environmental health
- Cultural competency and global health
In addition, the program requires a fieldwork practicum also known as an Applied Practice Experience (APE), which provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and apply concepts learned in their coursework to resolving real-world public health issues and solutions in public health practice.
At the completion of the Chamberlain MPH program, graduates will be able to:
- Articulate the history and philosophy of the professional discipline of public health relative to its core values, concepts, functions, and leadership roles.
- Utilize quantitative methods and epidemiologic tools to assess, monitor, and review the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness.
- Apply evidence-based reasoning and health informatics approaches to the process of program planning, development, budgeting, management, and evaluation in public health organizations and public health interventions to improve community health outcomes.
- Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
- Apply theoretical constructs of social change, health behavior and social justice in planning public health interventions.
- Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served.
- Practice systems thinking techniques and problem solving to understand and respond to the dynamic interactions among sectors, organizations and public health professionals in improving public health.
- Demonstrate leadership abilities as effective collaborators and coordinators within and across organizations and as members of interdisciplinary and inter-professional teams.
- Communicate public health messages to a variety of audiences using public health specific communication and social marketing, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.
- Identify and apply the ethical, legal, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy as well as the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government to developing, evaluating and advocating for public health policies.
Chamberlain MPH Degree Program Eligibility Requirements for RUSM Students and Graduates
- All RUSM students who are in good academic standing (ie, have maintained a 3.0 cGPA) following their first semester are eligible to enroll in the MPH program. All students will have their performance in both programs monitored to ensure they meet Satisfactory Academic Progress for both programs throughout their term of dual enrollment.
- Graduates of the RUSM MD degree program who meet the accepted standards of admission for the Chamberlain MPH degree program.
An accelerated, one-year option for the MPH degree program is available upon approval from Chamberlain, making it an option for RUSM alumni who have one year free before starting residency.
Scholarships for the MPH degree program are available to incoming RUSM students who apply and qualify. Scholarships cover tuition at 100%, however, applicable books and fees are the responsibility of the student. Current students who apply and qualify may benefit from special tuition rates if approved. Please contact Admissions for more information.
Initial selection criteria for students selected upon matriculation into RUSM:
- Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum of “old” MCAT score of 20 / “new” MCAT score of 492*
- Hold an undergraduate degree (equivalent to U.S. Bachelor’s Degree)
- Personal statement
Selection criteria for students selected upon completing semester 1:
- RUSM GPA
- Personal statement
- Faculty recommendations
In addition, Chamberlain will waive all application fees for RUSM students admitted to the MPH program.
Take the Next Step
Download the MPH Degree Program Application, Approval Request Form, & Scholarship Application Form, fill it out and send it to [email protected].
- MPH Degree Program Application (Current Students)
- MPH Degree Program Approval Request Form and MD-MPH Scholarship Application (Incoming Students)
To learn more, please reach out to our Admissions Department at 855.MD.ROSSU (855-637-6778) or email [email protected].