MD/MPHS

Blanchard Med Students 2The MD/MPHS program provides medical students with an opportunity to add clinical research methods training to their medical school experience. Medical students in the program work on a research project and use that project to complete MPHS coursework in 10 months, creating the ideal combination of didactic training and hands-on experience. MPHS program leadership can help you find a research project or lab to work in that would provide a good fit for your goals and interests.

Benefits

Whether you know what field of medicine you’ll go into, or you’re still deciding, the MPHS program will prepare you to be a strong residency applicant and future physician-researcher. Program benefits for medical students include:

  • Develop core skills in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, which can be applied to research in any field or subspecialty
  • Learn among a diverse study body, which is primarily composed of physician-researchers at different stages in their careers (residents, fellows and attendings)
  • Establish a broad network of renowned mentors and collaborators
  • Course homework projects are often used for future publication and research award submissions
  • Read MD/MPHS Student Profiles to see how students are using their research training
Timeline
 
The program combines the traditional four-year medical school curriculum with one additional academic year of full-time study to obtain the MPHS degree. The MPHS program easily integrates after the second or third year of medical school, although some students choose to get the degree after fourth year before starting residency. The research methods and analytic skills learned will prove invaluable during your clinical rotations, particularly during evidence-based medicine presentations. 
 
Applying
The MPHS program is not limited to Washington University medical students. Students from other medical schools are encouraged to apply. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due no later that April 1, 2018; please contact MPHS Interim Program Coordinator Blanka Hodzic to make arrangements.
 
Tuition and Scholarships

MPHS tuition is $1,250 per credit hour; at least 33 credit hours are required for graduation. Several full-tuition scholarships will be available for Washington University medical students each year. 
 
Curriculum

Medical students will take the 7 required MPHS core courses in clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, SAS programming, and research ethics. Medical students will also be required to take Current Topics in Public Health for Clinicians. Students work with Allison King, MD, MPH, PhD, the MPHS Associate Director for Medical Students, to identify appropriate electives and concentrations that complement their interests. Electives may be selected from MPHS courses, other medical school graduate courses, and courses offered by other WUSTL schools, such as the Brown School, Arts & Sciences, and the Olin School of Business.