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Why Pursue An MD And An MPH Program At The Same Time?

MPH programs provide a broader perspective on patient care.

The treatment of individual patients 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 (RUSM) 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 Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.

Why Pursue an MD Through RUSM and an MPH With Chamberlain University? 

Physicians with an MPH degree often have a broader understanding of how decisions made for individual patients can ultimately shape the entire community. Through specialized study, they perform an in-depth analysis of the intricate balance of elements that make up healthy communities. An MD with an MPH degree can allow you to bridge the gap between patient and community and think about patients and health issues with a wider perspective. The goal of MPH programs is to allow students to learn how to provide patients with better, more targeted care. 

An MPH degree can allow you to practice clinical medicine 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 complete the program in as few as four years. Coursework is asynchronous, offered 100% online, and includes:

  • Quantitative methods in public health (biostatistics)
  • Epidemiology
  • Leadership
  • 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.

MPH Program Outcomes

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 (maintaining a 3.0 GPA) 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 program who meet the accepted standards of admission for the Chamberlain MPH degree program.

Accelerated MPH Program Option

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 a year free before starting residency.

Take the Next Step

Download the MPH Degree Program Application, Approval Request Form, and Scholarship Application Form, complete the documents, and send them to:

To learn more about the MD MPH program, please reach out to our Admissions Department at 855.MD.ROSSU (855-637-6778) or email

To learn more about the MPH Program, contact Chamberlain University Admissions Department at 888-556-8226, option 1, or contact


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