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 Long School of Medicine 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.

How to Apply

Since this is a dual-degree program, you will need to apply both to the UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine (MD) and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston School of Public Health (MPH) at the following:

MD/MPHers in the News

MD/MPH Dual Degree program schematic

MD/MPH Student Spotlight

Stephanie Cornell, MS4 Student

Stephanie Cornell, MS4

Stephanie received the 2019 United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award.  This national award was established to recognize medical students’ contributions to public health and was presented by CDR William Lopez, of the US Public Health Service.

Why Public Health? In Medicine, we learn (and see) the socioeconomic and living environment issues that keep our patients from regaining their health – but it can be hard to understand what to do about it when you are sitting in the clinic with 15 more patients to see. Public health has equipped me with the problem-solving skillset to approach these issues both on the individual and community level, and ultimately to help my patients maintain or regain their health.

What was your UTHealth School of Public Health Practicum? I co-authored a journal article exploring the difficulty of medical decision-making among young adult cancer survivors. I learned a lot about shared decision-making, literature reviews, drafting an article, and the submission process.

What is one cause that is dear to your heart? Hypertension! Prevent cardiovascular disease! Live longer!

What is your motto? “Come back with your shield – or on it.”

Additional Program Information

Calendar of Events AY 2019-20

New Student Orientation July 18, 2019
PEERS Session #1 September 4, 2019
September Afternoon Tea September 5, 2019
MS4 Class Dinner September 25, 2019
MS3 Class Dinner October 16, 2019
PEERS Session #2 October 21, 2019
MS2 Class Dinner October 30, 2019
November Afternoon Tea November 7, 2019
PEERS Session #3 November 22, 2019
December Afternoon Tea December 9, 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.