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Combined MD and MPH Degree

Combining a public health degree with a doctorate in medicine gives students the tools to understand the changing global health care landscape. With an emphasis on patient-centered care, the MD provides the knowledge to deliver health care on an individual level, while the MPH provides the expertise to handle widespread population health and diseases. HWCOM medical students in the third period of medical study may apply to the MPH program. Each college (College of Medicine and Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work) independently reviews and admits applicants to its programs. Only students admitted to both programs are permitted to enroll in classes.

Combined degree students complete the first 3 years of coursework in the MD degree program at HWCOM. At the beginning of the fourth period of study of the MD degree program curriculum, students admitted to the program pause their medical studies and begin classes as part of the MPH program. Classes in the MPH program are taken during fall, spring, and early summer semesters of the medical student’s fourth year of study. During this time, students complete 36 hours of course work in the MPH program. Nine credits taken through HWCOM are applied toward the 45 credits required for the MPH degree. At the beginning of the fifth year, students resume study as part of the MD degree program curriculum. Students who successfully complete all requirements graduate with both degrees at the end of the 5 years.

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Admissions Process

To apply for admission to the combined MD/ MPH, medical students in the fall or early spring of their third year must be in good academic standing and must receive approval from the Medical Student Evaluation and Promotion Committee, the HWCOM Office of Student Affairs, the HWCOM Office of Clinical Affairs, and the HWCOM Office of Academic Affairs.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the MD/MPH program, prospective students

must provide:

  • Approvals from HWCOM
  • Online graduate admissions application, including a non-refundable $30

application fee

  • MCAT scores
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV

Program Fees

Students enrolled in the MD/MPH program will pay regular graduate tuition fees for all MPH credits. For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs at Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. 


Magnolia E. Hernández, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Student and Alumni Affairs
Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street - AHC5-137
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5938 | Email:

Barbra A. Roller, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street- AHC2 368A
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-7289 | Email: