Frequently Asked Questions

MD/MPH Program

  • What is the MD/MPH Program?

    The UTRGV School of Medicine and UT Health School of Public Health join forces to provide MD students this unique academic experience. Dual enrollment in these institutions allows medical students the opportunity to complete courses in public health and partake in research throughout their four years of medical school. Upon graduation students will receive their MD degree and a Master of Public Health, having experience in both the clinical and public health research fields.

  • Who can apply?

    Students accepted into the UTRGV SOM and interested in this dual degree may begin applying as soon as they receive their official medical school offer. Completion of the UT Health School of Public School application through SOPHAS is required to receive admission offer to this dual program.

  • I am a second year medical student; can I apply for the dual degree?

    No. MS second years may apply for the certificate. The certificate is 16 credit hours or 5 courses

  • Why should I consider joining this program?

    Benefits of a Medical Doctor achieving a Master’s degree in Public Health:

    • An MPH bridges the physician’s gap between patient and community
    • Teaches critical thinking skills and this enhanced perspective reinforces adaptability
    • Public Health teaches clinicians and medical researchers the skills to speak the language of policymakers
    • Assists with Research training which can be used to identify trends within patient datasets
    • A degree in Public Health can help widen professional opportunities when seeking different employment within the healthcare field
    • Allows physicians to transition from pure clinical to policy, management, and research work to innovate change for effective health systems
    • Acquire the knowledge to engage in both patient-orientated and population-orientated health care instead of just the former


    Consider a Master of Public Health in Addition to an M.D.

  • How does the program work?

    A typical MPH degree requires a completion of 45 credit hours, 39 course credit hours, 3 hours of a thesis or capstone, and a 3 hour practicum. For this dual program, 12 hours of your medical school curriculum will dually count towards the 39 hours of course credit hours needed. The remaining 27 course credit hours and 6 hours of culminating experiences will be taken throughout the 4 years of medical school.

  • Can I take a year off from medical school to do my MPH and then finish medical school?

    No, the UTRGV SOM Dual is set up to finish in the 4 years you are in medical school. This requires extra time and commitment to finish within those 4 years, which is why this program is not for all students.

  • When do I apply? What do I need to complete my application?

    You will need to provide a letter of support from Dr. Fisch, The SOPHAS Application and fee. SOPHAS requires all official transcripts, 3 letters of recommendations and personal statement.

    Important dates are as follows:

    • August 20, 2019
      SPH Application Open

    • October 2019
      SPH Application Deadline

    • January 13, 2020
      Spring Semester SPH Begins
  • What is the additional cost of the MD/MPH Dual Degree?

    The approximate additional cost is 10,533 for the 4 years. This includes the savings of 2,796 for the 12-shared SOM hours. Our dedicated financial aid officer will assist you with details.

  • What is the additional cost to do the certificate?

    The approximate additional cost is 6,300.

  • Who can I contact for more information?

    For more information about this program contact Michael Salinas or Jeanette Broshears through email at