MD/MPH

Five Year MD/MPH Program

Students interested in the MD/MPH program must apply separately to Alpert Medical School and to Brown University’s Graduate School. Regardless of the route of admission to the medical school— PLME, Standard, EIP, Postbaccalaureate, Advanced Standing—all students are eligible to apply for the MPH during the first three years at the Alpert Medical School.

There is no formal path for non-Brown medical students to enroll in the 5-year MD/MPH Program. However, medical students from other schools are welcome to apply to the MPH Program through the standard route and they may request that up to 4 courses from their medical school curriculum count toward the MPH degree.

The Brown University School of Public Health will be adopting the SOPHAS application system for the 2017 admissions cycle opening on August 17, 2016.  SOPHAS is a centralized application service used by many of the accredited schools and programs in public health.  The following materials are required:

  • official transcripts for all undergraduate, graduate, or medical school academic work;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • personal statement of understanding of public health and commitment to pursuing a career in public health. Statement should explain the relevance of education and/or experience to pursue a career in public health;
  • a résumé;
  • the SOPHAS application fee.  

GRE scores are NOT required. Standardized test scores will be considered if submitted. 

Applications to the MPH are reviewed on a rolling basis from January through May, but applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before January 1st in order to maximize the chances of receiving an offer of financial assistance. After admission to the MD/MPH program, students must maintain high academic performance in order to continue in the program. Student academic performance is evaluated annually.

 The Admissions Committee for the MPH Program is composed of public health faculty and other professionals with experience in public health research and practice. Applicants will be assessed on their academic performance as well as evidence of a commitment to public health through previous course work, independent study, employment or volunteer experience.

5-Year MD/MPH Basic Degree Requirements

To receive the MPH degree, students are required to satisfactorily complete thirteen courses (including two internships) and complete a thesis.

 To complete the 13-course requirement, electives may be chosen from the approved elective list for the MPH Program.  Additional courses at Brown University may count as electives toward the MPH degree, with permission from the Program Director and the student's advisor, if the courses meet the educational objectives of the student.  Students in the combined MD/MPH Program may request that up to four graduate/medical courses, taken previously or concurrently with their Brown MPH enrollment, be counted toward the thirteen-course requirement.  No more than four courses counted toward the MPH degree requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements of the MD or PLME.