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Education Overview

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The University of Kansas School of Medicine takes great pride in training doctors in all of its primary mission areas: education, research, clinical care and outreach. The school has risen to the challenge of addressing the national shortage of primary-care doctors. As a national leader in the number of medical students who choose family medicine, the school is one of the top five medical schools in the country when it comes to meeting its social mission: producing primary-care doctors for underserved areas and attracting and training a diverse student body.

As an emerging leader in biomedical research, the KU School of Medicine is one of the fastest-rising medical schools in the country. Over the past several years, the school has added nearly 250 faculty members and invested in technology as never before. Through partnerships with hospitals and clinics throughout the region, students gain crucial diagnostic and clinic-based educational experience.

Here is a guide to the degree programs:

Doctor of Medicine (MD) program
Students who are candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine complete a four-year curriculum consisting of required courses, clerkships, and electives. Learn more >>

The combined MD/MPH (Master of Public Health) is for students interested in public health, community medicine, occupational medicine and/or health-care administration. The curriculum prepares students for careers in the public and private sectors, including local, state and federal health-care agencies; outcomes and disease management; research institutions; and private foundations. Learn more >>

The combined MD/PhD program is for students eager to merge their passions for medicine and research. The curriculum prepares students for careers in academic medicine and biomedical research at major academic medical centers and in the private and government sectors. Learn more >>

The combined MD/MHSA (Master of Health Services Administration) program prepares students for careers as physicians and health-care executives. As the health-care environment becomes more complex and competitive, administrative skills are extremely important to individuals starting careers in medicine. Learn more >>

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGPBS)
The IGPBS provides the first-year core curriculum for PhD graduate students interested in becoming biomedical researchers. New students seeking a graduate research discipline in one of the six Basic Science Departments (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology/Toxicology, and Physiology) and the Neuroscience Graduate Program must first enter into the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS). A student will receive a PhD in one of eight doctoral degree granting programs. Learn more >>

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018