Doctor of Medicine and Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWSPH) jointly offer a dual doctor of medicine (MD) and graduate certificate in public health program. Medical students can complete the 15-credit graduate certificate within the 4-year MD program structure. Students take 10 credits from the required public health certificate program curriculum at GWSPH; the remaining 5 credits are satisfied through coursework cross-credited from the MD program. In addition, 4 credits taken at GWSPH as part of the certificate program, PUBH 6004 Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World and PUBH 6007 Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health, are cross-counted as 4 weeks of MD Year 4 electives. 

Students will receive the certificate only upon completion of all graduate certificate and MD program requirements.

All credits successfully completed for the MD/graduate certificate public health program can be applied toward the MD/MPH if students choose to pursue that program within their 4-year MD program.

Required public health courses (10 credits)
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World *
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health *
Cross-credited with IDIS 8101 (5 credits)
*Cross-counted as 4 weeks of MD Year 4 electives

GWSPH cross-credits 5 credits—2 credits forPUBH 6001 Biological Concepts in Public Health and 3 credits for PUBH 6006 Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health—for credits taken under IDIS 8101 Foundations of Medicine in the MD program.