Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health

ETSU MD/MPH Dual Degree Program


The Doctor of Medicine and Master’s of Public Health (MD/MPH) is a dual degree course of study that complements medical training of clinician-practitioners with additional in-depth training in public health. The Master’s of Public Health has five concentrations, all with competency-based curricula. Four of these concentrations were selected for the MD/MPH articulation program: Biostatistics, Community Health, Epidemiology, and Health Services Administration. Enrolled students will choose one of these concentrations.

Graduates of the MD/MPH dual-degree program will have a broader perspective on health, with a special focus on health promotion and disease prevention strategies. The public health training component strengthens the student-physician’s ability to conduct and interpret research. Students enrolled in the articulated program will develop knowledge and skills to address health and disease for the individual and the population levels.


Students in the dual-degree program will be held to the program of study, retention and graduation standards of each respective program. To be awarded both degrees, the students must complete the graduation requirements of both the MD and MPH degree programs. For example, all MPH students must take and pass a comprehensive examination covering the five basic public health disciplines following completion of the public health core classes. Dual-degree students will usually take the examination during spring term, following the first three years of medical school. Also, all MPH students must have a field placement experience that is non-clinical in nature. Dual-degree students will usually complete this field placement as a fourth year elective in medical school.

The articulation program minimizes redundancy of content between the MD and MPH degree programs, with 13 – 21 credit hours counted toward both degrees. The following links will provide details about the course equivalency in the program and the four different MPH degrees.

MD/MPH course equivalency tables

Information about the:

MPH in Community Health
MPH in Epidemiology
MPH in Biostatistics
MPH in Health Services Administration

Admissions requirements

Admission to the MD/MPH dual degree program requires that students meet admission requirements of both the Quillen College of Medicine and the ETSU College of Public Health MPH program. Students pursuing the MD/MPH are concurrently enrolled in both programs.

Applications to the Quillen College of Medicine MD program must be made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

Application requirements for the M.D. program are listed in the Quillen College of Medicine catalog.

Application Process

Applications to the MPH degree in the MD/MPH dual degree programs must be made through the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Some material will be shared between the two Colleges but the prospective student should still submit:

The applicant should complete and submit the School of Graduate Studies MD/MPH application form to the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the Quillen College of Medicine (Box 70580; ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN 37614), along with payment and the 150-300 word essay outlining career goals as they pertain to the MD/MPH.  This essay will serve as the applicants essay for admission to the MPH program.  By sending the MD/MPH application to the Admissions Dean at Quillen the applicant is permitting the release of AMCAS application information to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies, and thereafter, the MPH Admissions Committee. At that time password protected AMCAS application information will be shared with the MPH admissions committee, which they will use, along with the applicants essay, to make a recommendation concerning admission to the dual degree program.

Applicants to the MD/MPH program will be considered on an on-going basis. Admission to one program does not imply, nor affect, admission to the other program. Admitted students will receive two separate admission letters from the Quillen College of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies.


For more information, contact:

Coordinator, Master of Public Health program

College of Public Health
East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70623
Johnson City, TN 37604

423/439-4243 office
423/439-6570 fax

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