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MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

The MD program at Ross Med will prepare you to effectively and compassionately care for individual patients—but in today’s world, it has become increasingly clear that individual health is always intertwined with public health.

If you want to engage in clinical practice while holding a broader perspective of public health concerns, Ross Med offers you the opportunity to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree while you earn your Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree through our dual degree program with Chamberlain University College of Health Professions.

Why Earn an MPH?

Physicians who also hold an MPH degree often have a broader understanding of how decisions made for individual patients can ultimately shape an entire community.

With both an MD and an MPH degree, you will be able to bridge the gap between patient and community through thoughtful analysis of the many elements that make up healthy communities. This skillset can be helpful in a range of careers, from epidemiology and biostatistics to health education and clinical research.

And because one of the goals of an MPH program is to help students learn how to improve patient care across systems, a dual MD-MPH degree can help you practice clinical medicine more effectively.

About the Program

Ross Med partners with Chamberlain University College of Health Professions to offer a dual MD-MPH Program for interested Ross Med students.

Chamberlain’s flexible, 43-credit MPH is a generalist graduate degree program. Ross Med students who combine the MPH degree with their MD studies can complete the program in as few as four years.

All coursework for the MPH program is 100% online. Topics include:

  • 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

The program also requires a fieldwork practicum known as an Applied Practice Experience (APE). This practicum allows you to synthesize and apply coursework concepts to resolve real-world public health issues in public health practice.

MPH Program Benefits

After the completion of the Chamberlain MPH program, you will be able to:

  • Use quantitative techniques and epidemiological tools to evaluate, monitor, and analyze the health status of populations, along with their determinants of health and illness.
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning and health informatics methods to develop, manage, budget, evaluate, and plan public health programs and interventions for improving community health outcomes.
  • Define strategies for identifying, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that endanger human health and safety.
  • Use systems thinking techniques and problem-solving to comprehend and react to the dynamic interactions between sectors, organizations, and public health professionals working to enhance public health.
  • Disseminate public health messages to diverse audiences using public health-specific communication methods and social marketing techniques, including professional and technical writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.
  • Recognize and apply the ethical, legal, economic, and regulatory aspects of healthcare and public health policy, along with the roles, influences, and obligations of different branches and agencies of government, in the creation, evaluation, and advocacy of public health policies.

Accelerated MPH for Ross Med Alumni

Chamberlain offers an accelerated option for the MPH degree- which means Ross Med alumni with a gap year before residency could use that time to earn their MPH in as few as three and a half semesters.

Apply Today

To apply for the MD-MPH dual degree program, download and complete 
the application below and email it to

Contact Chamberlain University Admissions
to learn more about the MPH Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the MD-MPH Program?

Time to completion varies by student, but you may finish the MPH and MD concurrently in as few as four years. An accelerated option allows students who have already completed their MD to earn an MPH in as few as three and a half semesters.

What can you do with an MD-MPH?

An MD-MPH could offer students a wide range of career paths within public and private healthcare organizations, state and local government, hospitals, colleges and universities, and more. A variety of positions exist, including Epidemiologist, Biostatistician, Medical Scientist, Health Education Specialist, and Clinical Researcher, to name a few.