March 2, 2021

What is an MD/MPH Degree and What Are the Benefits of a Dual Degree?

Healthcare is a rapidly growing and evolving field that requires an approach that is multidisciplinary in caring for individuals and for long-term maintainable solutions in improving the health within the population. Dual Medical Doctor and Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) degree programs are on the rise and many doctors are opting toward dual degrees to work more effectively in the increasingly diverse business of Healthcare. A Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degree program provides a solid core foundation in medicine and public health to equip them with the clinical skills and science in addressing health and wellness from both the perspective of the individual patient as well as in the community and the general population. Graduates with the MD/MPH can use these two perspectives in researching and identification of individual and public health issues and to affect evidence based approach to health improvement. Students are prepared to work as physicians in the public health field prepared in diagnosing health problems and risk factors of individuals and communities.

What Are Some of the Advantages of the MD/MPH As a Dual Program?

  • The time commitment required to earn both degrees is typically five years
  • Students can eliminate duplication areas as opposed to taking each degree separately
  • Integrated education and training in the combined MD and MPH degree programs complement and enhance each other to provide healthcare professionals with a much greater understanding of health issues and better tools in understanding and preventing human diseases
  • Students typically may take the MPH portion of the dual degree after their first or second year of medical school

Can I Specialize in an Area of Public Health in a Dual MD/MPH program?

Most MD/MPH programs allow students to choose a specialization or concentration in a variety of MPH degree fields such as general public health, epidemiology, health policy, environmental health and sociomedical sciences.

What are Some of the Areas of Employment for Graduates of a Dual MD/MPH Program?

The dual MD/MPH program prepares students for careers in the following areas of employment:

  • Public Health Agencies
  • Community Based Organizations
  • Public and Private Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Insurance Companies
  • Biostatistics
  • Elite residency programs related to community and public health
  • International health
  • Research

What Can I Expect to Earn With a MD/MPH degree?

An MD combined with an MPH degree can earn a very high salary and be in constant demand according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Because MD/MPH graduates can pursue a wide range of careers, salary ranges for MD/MPH careers can vary greatly. According to the Association of Schools of Public Health, the salary for a MD/MPH worker can also depend on the area of specialization. Some examples of this range in salaries are:

  • Careers in health services administration earn a salary between $37,050 and $161,400 annually
  • Epidemiologists (those studying the patterns in health conditions among a population) earn from $38,175 to $136,237
  • Health education and behavioral science careers average salaries starting at $33,000 and can reach as high as $86,625
  • Environmental health careers can earn between $44,550 and $143,700
  • Median wage for epidemiologist are $63,000 with the top 10% earn nearly $100,000 per year

It is increasingly evident that many of today’s health problems doctors deal with are related to social problems. For these issues to be adequately addressed it is necessary to treat not just the symptoms of the problem but also the source of the problem. This is why more professionals who are interested in medicine also consider earning their master’s degree in public health.

Take a look at these additional resources for information on dual degrees and Master’s in Public Health programs: