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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Public Health for a Global Community

MD / Master of Public Health – Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines:
Summer Semester - May 1st


The following application procedures pertain only to those applicants who are also applicants to the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in this application year, and who are also applying to the concurrent MPH degree program.


NOTE: Applicants must be accepted by the College of Medicine and the School of Public Health Admissions Committees. Admissions policies of both colleges pertain to MD/MPH applicants.

AMCAS Application Tip:

If you are applying to the MD/MPH program, you should select Combined Medical Degree – Graduate as your program type. If you decide to change from MD/MPH to regular MD only after you have submitted your AMCAS application, you need to log into your AMCAS application and submit a Post Submission Change – change Program type via AMCAS and select Regular MD as your program type.

If you already have the MD degree, or if you plan to attend the MPH program not as a concurrent degree program, you should follow the application policies and procedures for the Master of Public Health (MPH) Admissions Requirements (click here).

Admission to the MD/MPH Degree Program

Applicants who wish to apply to the MD/MPH program must log into their AMCAS application and change their program type to Combined Medical Degree/Graduate. Applicants will not be required to complete a supplemental application for the MPH program.

Admissions Policies

Applicants to the MD/MPH program must meet the admissions requirements of both programs (MD and MPH). Please review the information from the College of Medicine admissions policies section (click here) and the MPH admissions policies section.

In addition, an undergraduate record with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and a Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score of 24 or above are preferred is preferred.

For those interested in pursuing a concentration in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, a Bachelor of Science degree is preferred with at least one (1) undergraduate math and one (1) undergraduate biology course. For applicants to Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, an undergraduate chemistry course is preferred.

Application Procedures

  • Applicants must complete an AMCAS application indicating "Combined Medical Degree/Graduate" as application type.
  • Applicants to the MD/MPH program will not be required to pay a SPH application fee nor complete a supplemental application.
  • The deadline to complete an AMCAS application is December 1st.
  • The deadline for declaring an interest in the MD/MPH program is May 1st.
    • Applicants who later wish to be considered for admission to the MD/MPH program after December 1st, must send an email notification to medadmissions@downstate.edu  declaring their intent.
    • Applicants will have two days to log back into their AMCAS application to change their program type to Combined Medical Degree/Graduate.
    • A copy of the applicant’s updated AMCAS application and letters of recommendation will be forwarded to the School of Public Health.
  • Once the MD/MPH AMCAS application is complete, the application and letters of recommendations will then be forwarded to the School of Public Health electronically.

NOTE: All letters must be submitted electronically—through the AMCAS letter service (including Virtual Evals or Interfolio). We do not accept letters of recommendation sent by mail, email, or fax.

  • MD/MPH Acceptance:
    • An acceptance reply form will be required within two weeks of the mailing of the decision letter.
    • Applicants will be required to submit a deposit between May 1 - 15 for both the MD ($100) and SPH ($150) to secure their place in the entering class for both schools.