What will I learn?

Program goal

The Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health in the School of Medicine offers a program for VCU medical students to obtain a Master of Public Health degree in conjunction with their medical training. The M.D./M.P.H. combined-degree program provides an opportunity for medical students who wish to pursue a public health or research career to graduate from medical school trained in both clinical and preventive, population-oriented medicine. Graduates from this program are prepared for positions in preventive medicine, primary care, research, community-based health centers and state and local health departments. To meet degree requirements, students complete 36 credit hours of course work that includes:

12 credits of core courses

Nine credits of required courses

12 credits of electives

Three credits of a capstone project

Note that some elective courses may not be available in certain years or may require instructor permission for registration.

The objective of the combined program is to provide high quality and in-depth training in public health to qualified medical students. The five-year program includes four years of medical school and one year of study in the M.P.H. program. During the M.P.H. year, students take a minimum of 36 credit hours of course work. Students receive three credit hours for successful completion of the "Population Health" course in medical school and take a minimum of one public health elective during the M-4 year to satisfy the public health internship requirement. In addition, a waiver of nine credits that applies to M.P.H. students who hold a terminal or first professional degree is enacted.

Which department am I in?

School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 36 graduate credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,949.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 August 2019


School of Medicine

McGlothlin Medical Education Center (MMEC), 1201 E Marshall Street,

4th Floor, Suite 4-100,



23298, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants must present the following qualifications.

  • Prior degree: Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate and any other graduate study. Official copies of transcripts for all prior degrees earned must be submitted to the VCU Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Test scores: The M.P.H. program normally requires GRE scores, but for the combined M.D./M.P.H., students may submit MCAT scores provided for admission to the School of Medicine in lieu of GRE scores.
  • TOEFL: International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum TOEFL score is 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based); IELTS minimum score is 7.0.

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About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and No. 1 public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond