Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)

Advocates. Educators. Researchers. Doctors.

The MD/MPH dual degree is offered by UT Health San Antonio and UTHealth Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in San Antonio. The MD/MPH is designed to prepare students to integrate medical and public health skills as practitioners and researchers. By combining MD training with an MPH education, students are better prepared to treat individuals and to address health issues in communities. The MD/MPH program is perfect for students interested in global health, community health, clinical research, infectious disease, health promotion, public policy or administration, environmental medicine and preventative medicine.

What is an MD/MPH?

A Master in Public Health (MPH) is a widely recognized professional degree that introduces MD students to the disciplines of public health and addresses issues of social determinants, population and global health.

Program Highlights

  • Our dual degree program offers a customized MPH program through in person and online coursework at the SPH and shared credit for public health related components of the LSOM curriculum.
  • Both degrees can be completed in 4 years, saving time and money. A 5-year track is also available. Flexibility and customization in the program allows students to combine traditional MD preparation with the MPH practicum requirement.

Professional Development and Training

  • Mentorship integrated into advising at both institutions, peer mentorship also provided.
  • Socialization and professional development through key opportunities.
  • Matching of students with faculty from MS1 – model resulting in papers, integration in programs.
  • Opportunities with key partners including: IHPR, Mays Cancer Center, UHS, and Metro Health.

MD/MPHers in the News

MD/MPH Student Spotlight

Delaney Rawson, MS2

Why Public Health? Coming from an undergraduate emphasizing the liberal arts, I entered medical school wanting to focus on social determinants of health and the humanism of medicine.  My public health degree provides a larger, community context for the material I am learning in medicine.

What was your UTHealth School of Public Health Practicum? I implemented opioid overdose prevention trainings for community members, healthcare providers, and healthcare students throughout South Texas.  The trainings focused on recognizing an opioid overdose and administering Naloxone, as well as distributing Narcan.

Which living person do you most admire?  I really admire my mother.  She’s a psychiatrist who truly advocates for her patients and is a compassionate mental healthcare provider.  She also works to expand essential access to mental healthcare at a policy level.  On top of that, she was a single mother to me and my sister for most of our lives (including during her residency).  She is a great role model!

What is your motto?  “Be kind to your future self”

Additional Program Information

Calendar of Events AY 2018-19

Faculty Meet and Greet September 12, 2018
Club PreMED Web Chat
(click link to watch video;
password is MDMPH)
October 25, 2018
Afternoon Tea November 15, 2018
Afternoon Tea December 6, 2018
Afternoon Tea February 6, 2019
Club PreMED Webchat
(clink link to watch video;
password is PublicHealth)
February 27, 2019
Annual Dinner March 22, 2019
Afternoon Tea May 1, 2019
Welcome Weekend Meet Up May 4, 2019

Contact us

For information regarding the MPH experience as a medical student or to be connected with current MD/MPH students, contact the Long School of Medicine at or (210) 450-8226.

For information regarding the MPH application/admission process, degree plan/curriculum and practicum requirements, contact the UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio at or (210) 276-9000.