Combine medical training with public health knowledge
A degree in public health provides a broader lens through which to examine individual patient care. Physicians with a public health background look at how environments and community resources can contribute – or detract from – overall health and wellness. For example, easy access to tobacco or lack of access to safe drinking water or healthy foods can significantly impact the health of individuals and communities. At Loyola University Chicago, you can complete a dual MD/MPH degree in five years.
Our commitment to you
Graduates with a dual MD/MPH degree from Loyola will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values to be a physician with deep insights into medicine and public health.
In addition to your medical training at the Stritch School of Medicine, you will acquire foundational knowledge in the science of public health and factors related to health.
You will combine patient care training with public health competencies in the areas of evidence-based approaches, public health and health care systems, planning and management, policy, leadership, communications, inter-professional practice, and system-wide approaches.
You will join a growing network of physicians dedicated to improving community and population health. Equipped with medical and public health knowledge, you will be able to identify and change how the overall health of communities impacts the health of individuals.
Start your MPH during the summer before the first year (M0 year) of medical school, and complete all didactic courses. Requirements include:
- 42 credits total, with 33 credits/11 courses taken during the M0 year. Most students complete one or two courses the summer before the M0 year, starting in early June, resulting in four to five classes in both the fall and spring semesters
- Six credits are counted and transferred from electives taken during your M3 and/or M4 years
- A two-credit capstone project completed during a Stritch research elective or discretionary time in the M3 or M4 year
- An applied practice experience in public health is required. Some students can complete this during the M0 year spring semester.
Focus Your Studies
The MPH offers three track options: Epidemiology; Public Health Policy & Management (focus on either policy or management) or Global Health Equity. Choose one of the three depending on your research or practice interests.
Fight Health Disparities
The dual MD/MPH program focuses on health disparities and identifying strategies to minimize them. Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus is located in Maywood. This underserved community provides a unique opportunity to promote health equity in our own community and collaborate with local groups to improve public health.
You can complete the MPH program online or a through a combination of online and classroom-based courses. However, we recommend all MD/MPH students, even those doing the online track, take as many classroom-based courses as possible to create and build a strong cohort. All classroom-based courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, leaving days open to explore research and/or volunteer opportunities.
The dual MD/MPH degree program is competitive and limited to 10 students per academic year. Applicants must meet the following criteria.
- Admission to the Stritch School of Medicine (through AMCAS)
- Completion of the MD/MPH application through the Loyola University Chicago online application system
- Statement of purpose for our MPH Program
- Submission of official undergraduate transcripts to Loyola's office of Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management (GPEM)
- No GRE required
Application deadline: April 30 to ensure an M0 start
Tuition and Fees
The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. Tuition assistance is available and is separate from any assistance you may receive for medical school.