November 30, 2011
By Carleen Eaton, M.D.
For future physicians interested in health policy, epidemiology, administration or community health, a joint MD-PH program may be a good option. The typical MD-MPH program is five years in length, although a handful of programs, such as the University of Texas at San Antonio, offer four year dual degree programs.
While medical school focuses primarily on teaching students the scientific knowledge, techniques and procedures needed to diagnose and treat an individual patient, public health programs focus on health at the population level. Prevention of disease, health education, nutrition, public policy and biostatistics are all facets of …...read more