Admissions

Public Health (MPH) and Medicine (MD)

Description of Program

The University of South Florida, College of Public Health and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine offer a MD/MPH concurrent degree to qualified applicants. The College takes a multidisciplinary approach to Public Health – exploring social, behavioral, legal, medical and economic factors affecting public health. Through classroom work, field experience and research projects, students and faculty tackle public health issues from the local level to global communities.

Focus Areas:

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Community and Family Health
  • Global Health
  • Public Health Practice College-Wide Programs
The MPH degree is a minimum of 42 credits in length and 9 credits are shared between the programs. Therefore, USF MD/MPH concurrent degree students will enroll in a minimum of 33 total College of Public Health course credits. Students in the five year joint MD/MPH degree program may begin the MPH portion of the program at any time prior to the beginning of their fourth year in the MD program. Students are strongly encouraged to begin their M.P.H. studies the year prior to entering the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

Tuition Requirements

The concurrent degree student will be responsible for 36 credit hours of tuition to the USF College of Public Health. The student will also be responsible for all of the tuition and fees associated with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine MD program.

Advising

Students interested in this concurrent MPH/MD program should first speak with Dr. William Sappenfield to gain more information on this concurrent program. Dr. Sappenfield’ s contact information can be found here: http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/cfh/faculty-listing/william-sappenfield


Admissions Process

The admissions process, financial aid, and course registrations for each program are handled separately. Students in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine who wish to enter the concurrent MD/MPH program must apply to the USF College of Public Health no later than the end of the third year of medical school. Interested medical students must complete a USF Concurrent Degree application form and apply to the College of Public Health through SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application System).

All MD/MPH concurrent degree students are granted a one year leave of absence from medical school (between the 3rd and 4th years) during which time between 18 and 27 credits of MPH work are completed. The remaining course work is completed during the summer semesters, coincident with parts of the medical school curriculum, and during senior (fourth) year of the MD curriculum.

Possible courses to fulfill the joint nine credit hours for the dual degree:

  • Profession of Medicine BMS5005
  • On Doctoring BMS6825
  • Behavioral Medicine BMS6840
  • Colloquium BMS6920
  • Longitudinal Clinical Experience BMS6941
  • Principles of Immunology and Infectious Disease BMS6300
  • Acting Internship – Preventive/Community Medicine
MPH Application Required Documents

Applicants must complete both a SOPHAS and USF Graduate application.

  1. SOPHAS Application www.sophas.org
    • SOPHAS Application
    • SOPHAS fee
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • GRE
    • MCAT
    • Personal Statement
    • Resume
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  2. USF Graduate Application
    • USF Graduate Application fee (this fee is waived for MD/MPH applicants). Applicants must go to the Graduate School website, click on forms and then open the concurrent degree application.

Program Choices

M.P.H. Beginning Summer Prior to Medical School - Year 1

M.D./M.P.H. Program Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5

M.P.H. Credits per year

Summer Prior to Year 1:

6 M.P.H. credits

Summer Prior to Year 2:

6 M.P.H. credits

No M.P.H. credits

Leave of Absence from Medical School:

18 M.P.H. credits

Final Semester of M.D. Program

6 M.P.H. credits


M.P.H. Beginning Summer Prior to Medical School - Year 2

M.D./M.P.H. Program Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5

M.P.H. Credits per year

Summer Prior to Year 1:

6 M.P.H. credits

Summer Prior to Year 2:

6 M.P.H. credits

No M.P.H. credits

Leave of Absence from Medical School:

24 M.P.H. credits

Final Semester of M.D. Program

6 M.P.H. credits


M.P.H. Beginning Medical School - Year 3

M.D./M.P.H. Program Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5

M.P.H. Credits per year

No M.P.H. credits

No M.P.H. credits

No M.P.H. Credits

Leave of Absence from Medical School:

27 M.P.H. credits

Final Semester of M.D. Program

9 M.P.H. credits