MD/MPH Study

The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Marshall University College of Health Professions (COHP) are partnering to offer a new program to enable students to concurrently pursue both the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees.

This program has been designed to integrate public health training with medical studies, permitting students to complete both degrees without extending length of study. Public health courses are closely coordinated with the medical curriculum, accommodating such demands as preparation for the USMLE Step exams. View the four year plan here.


The core public health curriculum includes not only such disciplines such as biostatistics and epidemiology, but key cross cutting training in such subjects as health informatics, law & ethics, and health policy. Students pursue either of two MPH concentrations.  A track in Global and Community Health emphasizes practice in population health, while a second concentration in Research, Evaluation and Policy prepares students who anticipate working in health system change, including work in clinical research, program development, and policy making.

Students may opt for a culminating experience of either practicum or thesis, with opportunities available including laboratory, epidemiologic, preventive and interventional projects.

With most courses offered in the evenings, MPH study accommodates the schedules of both student physicians and current practitioners. A diverse faculty bring extensive experience in research and practice in medicine, community health, social work, informatics, biostatistics, environmental health, infectious diseases, and policy.  Our student composition is diverse, including practicing physicians, dual degree health sciences students, and those seeking post-baccalaureate public health training.


Both low tuition and modest cost of living make the Marshall MPH the most affordable in a seven state region (WV, KY, OH, PA, VA, NC, MD).  For a limited number of exceptional MD students, substantial merit-based financial assistance is available which reduces the cost of MPH study by approximately 90 percent.

To Apply

While the MD-MPH program is carefully designed to complement, and not compromise one’s medical studies, applicants should possess excellent academic qualifications. For Fall 2015 admissions matriculating medical students require only a limited set of additional application materials:

  • Submission to the Graduate College of the “Application for Graduate Admission” and payment of the application fee to the Marshall University Graduate College.
  • Submission of the MPH Application, including personal statement not to exceed two pages in length.
  • You may use your existing medical school application to avoid the need to submit new letters of recommendation, or the need for a new CV or resume.  Please email us that the application may be shared for use in the MPH application process.  Include your name and 901 number in that email.
  • Individual interviews may be employed by the Admissions Committee in making admissions decisions, as well as in consideration of scholarship support.

For More Information:

Please contact Dr. Paul Kadetz at