This is a five-year dual degree program in which the medical student completes the requirements for both the MD degree and the MPH degree (42 credit hours). Students may apply for admission to the MPH program after enrolling in medical school, or at the same time they apply to KU School of Medicine. MPH students take a year off from medical school to complete the MPH degree, typically between the second and third years of medical school, or between the third and fourth years. MPH studies begin in the summer (June), and proceed through fall (August) and spring (January), finishing by the end of May or July, if necessary. Some scholarships are available.
Offered by the Department of Applied Behavioral Science (Lawrence) and the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (Kansas City and Wichita), this joint program is the first in the nation to combine the strengths of advanced study in applied behavioral science with an MPH degree. The joint PhD in Behavioral Psychology/MPH degree is ideal for those students interested in prevention through community and public health. Students must apply for admissions to the MPH and PhD programs separately. Applications are reviewed by the respective admissions committees. Students selected into the joint program complete the 42 credit hour MPH requirements in addition to the PhD.