MD / Master of Public Health

About the Program

Medical students at SUNY Downstate can earn a Master of Public Health degree while earning their MD degree.  Students enroll in both programs simultaneously and complete all the requirements of the two degrees specified by each college. There is no credit sharing between the two programs.  

Some students choose to complete the MPH by taking summer courses starting before the first year of medical school. Others take a year off between the third and fourth year of medical school to complete the MPH. Either way, the MPH gives a physician the power to do more.

Our program focuses on the health of immigrant and urban populations. MD/MPH students receive priority for selection for the fourth year medical school elective, Health Care in Developing Countries. The student may choose to complete the MPH with an advising concentration in one of five core areas: