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MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

This dual degree is offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition to receiving a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, students concurrently receive the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in a concentration of their choice: Applied Biostatistics; Community & Behavioral Health; Environmental & Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Systems, Management & Policy; Maternal and Child Health; or a custom concentration. Only students already in or accepted into the University of Colorado MD program are eligible to apply.

Quick facts, careers, and skills

When you leave this program, you’ll have a population-level perspective on issues affecting the health of patients.

Quick facts

Program location: CU Anschutz
Credit hours: 42

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Skills you'll gain

Public health
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Up to nine credits hours from the MD program will count toward completion of the 42-credit hour MPH. In order to help students select courses and successfully complete the dual degree, students are assigned faculty advisors from both the School of Medicine and ColoradoSPH.

Students pursue the MPH between years three and four of their medical education. The program requires an official leave of absence from the CU School of Medicine. Leave lasts three consecutive semesters (summer, fall, and spring). During this official leave, medical school loan obligations are waived. Students are assessed public health tuition rates for ColoradoSPH courses taken in the completion of the dual degree.

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