The MD/MPH Program is specifically designed for exceptional students with a firm commitment to a career involving a population-based clinical practice (medicine-public health) model or one in which a public health degree would enhance career productivity in research, policy, or programs. MD/MPH students are admitted to the Epidemiology track of the OHSU/PSU School of Public Health, which provides them with the critical core concepts and methods they will need for any career in medicine and public health. Elective coursework and the required culminating Field Experience should provide students ample opportunity to explore and gain expertise in additional area(s) of interest in public health research and practice.
Students begin their MPH studies with an intensive six-week introductory Epidemiology course in the summer just prior to beginning medical school classes. This brings public health methods to the forefront of their medical school experience and helps form the “community of scholars” we try to nurture throughout their five years at OHSU.
We consolidate that community of scholars through program-wide activities organized by the MD/MPH student leadership group and with ongoing faculty mentoring their time at OHSU. During the first two years, students may accumulate additional MPH credits by taking selected MPH courses as allowed by the MD curriculum schedule. This strategy keeps students engaged with, and thinking about, public health issues and perspectives while studying clinical medicine and allow them to become familiar with the faculty and research in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health. A year dedicated primarily to graduate studies for the MPH degree follows the second academic year, during which students complete the bulk of their core course requirements. A limited number of courses, as well as the required Field Experience, will be strategically incorporated into the final two years of largely clinical medicine training.
Despite the demands of medical school, these exceptional students remain strongly involved with both medicine and public health. Some of them have been able to maintain an active involvement in ongoing research and programs throughout their time at OHSU.
The MD/MPH Program currently admits 7 new students to each entering class. Through their activity in the medical school and the public health perspective they bring to their studies, these students have successfully stimulated the interest of other medical students in both public health electives and preventive medicine and have helped our School foster the “community habit of mind” that we promote in the education of medical students at OHSU.
MD/MPH General Description and Expectations