The classroom requirements of the MPH are completed during a 12-month sabbatical (May through June) from medical school while enrolled full-time in the School of Public Health. Most students begin the MPH program after year two or three of medical school.
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Rather than focus on one particular area of public health, this degree program is meant to complement your medical education. We understand that most medical school students are planning to become practicing physicians and do not intend to become epidemiologists, community health educators, policy makers, or biostatisticians as their main career path.
However, students in the program have around 12 credits of electives (depending on other curricular choices) that give them the opportunity to investigate specific public health applications. Students are encouraged to arrange their elective curriculum around a theme of interest. Themes represent common public health problems such as Maternal & Child Health, International Health, Occupational & Environmental Health, Infectious Disease, Clinical Preventive Practice, and Nutrition. Students may also choose to design a theme in consultation with the program director/adviser. This is the most popular choice for students in this program as it allows them the opportunity to study the public health issues that sparked their original interest in an MPH.
As a medical student, you may apply to any other MPH program in the school if you would prefer to specialize. However, most programs do not provide the flexibility in their curriculum to accommodate a single year off from medical school. If you wish to earn an MPH in a specific area, you will need to budget two years to complete the program.