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 uses the SOPHAS application system.  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. 

Admissions Deadline
The priority deadline for applying to the MPH Program is Feb 1.  After Feb 1, applications will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis until April 1

 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 fourteen courses (12 standard courses and 2 half credit courses) and complete an internship and thesis.  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 elective requirement.  No more than four courses counted toward the MPH degree requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements of the MD or PLME.