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Dual Degree Programs


M.D./Ph.D. Program

See the M.D./Ph.D. Program for admissions information.

M.D./M.H.A. Program

Virginia Commonwealth University offers an M.D./M.H.A. program that combines two existing professional degrees. This program is one of the few in the United States that recognizes leadership and management tools needed for clinicians in the existing health care economy.

Why get this training early in your medical career?
The integration of administrative functions with clinical domains is necessary to deliver the most efficient and highest quality care. Literature shows that as health care organizations emerge and reshape themselves in response to environmental pressures, physicians will be sought to lead these organizations.

This dual degree is a five-year program. The first three years are completed in medical school coursework. Year four will be completed entirely in the Department of Health Administration. Year five will consist of a combination of medical school electives and courses in health administration. A medical student interested in this program is advised to apply during the second or third year of medical school.

Indicate your interest in this program by checking “yes” on the supplemental application. More information will be sent to you at a later date.

For information, contact:

Suzanne C. Havasy
Program Coordinator, MHA Program
Department of Health Administration
Phone: (804) 828-0719
Email: shavasy@vcu.edu
Web: http://had.vcu.edu/prospective/mha/mhamd.html

M.D./M.P.H. Program

The main objective of the M.D./M.P.H. program is to provide high quality and in-depth training for motivated medical students wishing to pursue a career in public health. The program consists of four years of medical school (M1, M2, M3 and M4) and one year of study in the M.P.H. Program between the M3 and M4 years. The final year of the M.D./M.P.H. Program is the clinical M4 year in preparation for medical residency. The expected time for completing the M.D./M.P.H. Program is five years.

Since enrollment into the M.D./M.P.H. program requires admission into both the School of Medicine and the Graduate School, each applicant must submit an application to and be formally admitted into the Master of Public Health Program prior to matriculation to the program, due by January 31 of the M3 year. Students must successfully complete all required course-work in the M.P.H. Program to be awarded the M.P.H. degree, and to be readmitted to the M4 year of medical training.

During their final clinical year, faculty advisors of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, and the Dean’s office will assist M.D./M.P.H. students in their application for residency training in their area of interest.

For information, contact:

Lisa S. Anderson, MPH
Director of Educational Programs
Department of Epidemiology and Community Health
One Capitol Square
830 East Main Street, Room 5016
P.O. Box 980212
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0212
Phone: (804) 828-9785
E-mail: lsanders@vcu.edu
Website: www.epidemiology.vcu.edu