MD/MPH - Dual Degree Program

The Loyola University Chicago Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree program began in fall of 2013. The goal of the dual degree program is to train physician-researchers and physician-practitioners who will become leaders in both medicine and public health.  These two programs are complimentary, as medicine typically focuses on caring for and healing individual patients, while public health addresses prevention in populations.

What Programs does Loyola's MPH offer?

  • Public Health Policy and Management: Improving population health through legislation, advocacy, health services research, and health care management (primarily on-line courses).
  • Epidemiology: Focusing on quantitative research methods that can be applied to clinical research, population health and prevention (mix of online and face-to-face coursework).

What are the course requirements and cost?
Students must complete 38 credit hours as MPH students; 6 additional hours provide credit for both MD & MPH. See the Office of the Bursar for total tuition cost above the MD degree.

How do I apply?
You may apply at any time after you are admitted to Stritch and into the first year (M1) of medical school. A separate AMCAS or SOPHAS application is not required. Students in good standing at the end of the M1 year may begin taking classes the following summer.

How will a MPH enhance my career options?
Graduates of the program will be well positioned to apply for residency programs which have a health services, clinical research, health disparities, or prevention focus. Graduates who ultimately wish to work in government, advocacy, or public health settings will have the tools necessary to be effective leaders in these fields. Graduates will be able to critically evaluate the medical literature, which is useful in any field they choose.

What is the expected timeline?
Students should begin coursework in the summer between M1 and M2.  Between M3 and M4, students will take a year off to focus on core and track-specific coursework (16-18 credit hours per semester).  In the M4 year, students complete their practical experience (practicum) and capstone project. The dual degree program requires 5 years to finish. An example timeline is shown below:

For more information please contact Justin Harbison at or 708-327-9058