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MD/MPH Program Options

Program Options

Tulane's MD/MPH program offers the following two options for students who have (1) earned a baccalaureate degree, and (2) already been admitted to Tulane University School of Medicine (SOM) and who wish to complete the requirements for both the medical degree and public health degree:

Four-Year Option (for incoming or T1 SOM students)

Applicants to the 4-year program must have earned a 28 or higher on the MCAT and/or a 504 or higher on the MCAT2015. 

Requirements for the MD/MPH combined degree should be completed within 4 years: students must graduate with both degrees concurrently. 

Students are strongly encouraged to begin the combined degree program the summer before their SOM curriculum begins. Students may begin the four-year program as late as the spring of their T1 year. If you have been admitted to SOM, you can apply for the four-year program.  Please email Adam Maese for an application form.

Five-Year Option (for T2 or T3 SOM students)

Students who will require more than 4 years to complete the requirements for the medical and the public health degrees are also eligible for the MD/MPH combined degree program. Students choose this option for a variety of reasons, including a desire to focus exclusively on public health for a year, career exploration, Couples Match timing, and a host of other personal reasons.

In the five-year option, students must graduate with both degrees concurrently. The most common path for these students is to take a leave of absence from SOM after either the T2 or T3 year of medical school. 

Students who choose this option have been admitted to SOM and are generally in their T2 or T3 years. Students may also begin the program by pursuing the four-year option and then opt to take a year off from SOM to complete the MD/MPH combined degree in five years. The requirements for both options are the same; however, the application process differs. 

 If you are a T2 or T3 SOM student and wish to apply for the MD/MPH combined degree program, contact Rachael Ruiz for more information.

T4 students are not eligible to begin their public health studies as part of the five-year program in the MD/MPH combined degree program. However, T4 SOM students who wish to pursue a public health degree are encouraged to pursue their public health degree as a non-combined-degree student by applying directly to the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and completing the public health curriculum for non-combined-degree students. 

A student may not receive the MD degree and then continue working on MPH requirements as part of the MD/MPH combined degree program. A student may graduate with the MD degree and may continue working towards their public health degree, but must meet the full MPH, MSPH, or MPH&TM requirements for non-combined-degree students. MD/MPH students can discuss the non-combined-degree public health requirements with their public health advisors if they wish to delay completing their MPH requirements until after they earn their MD degrees. 

Public Health Certificate Program

SOM students may also apply for the Public Health Certificate (PHC) from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPH). The PHC is not available to students who are not current Tulane SOM students. The required curriculum for the public health certificate will expose Tulane SOM students to the core concepts of public health and provide a foundation of public health knowledge and potential future study.

Eligibility and application:

To be eligible to apply for the public health certificate program, you must have a bachelor’s degree, be accepted into Tulane’s SOM, be in good standing in Tulane’s SOM, and complete an application that includes a public-health-centered interest statement and permission to copy your SOM application file (to provide copies of the undergraduate transcript, MCAT scores, and letters of recommendation). Contact Adam Maese for an application to the public health certificate program. If you complete the MD/MPH combined degree program, you are NOT eligible to also receive this public health certificate.


The public health certificate is awarded concurrently with your SOM graduation. To complete the certificate program, you must graduate from Tulane’s School of Medicine, and must successfully complete 15 semester credits of coursework as listed below. You must also maintain a B average in all courses in the curriculum.

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)
  • ​GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)