Understanding public health principles is increasingly important for physicians today. The Public Health Medicine MD/MPH dual degree program gives medical students an opportunity to earn a public health degree and increase their knowledge of population-based science. Rather than focus on one particular area of public health, this degree program is a generalist program meant to complement a medical education.

Students enrolled Fall 2018 or later

The School of Public Health has revised its curriculum across programs and divisions to meet the new guidelines issued by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Students who enroll in Fall 2018 or later will meet the following revised curriculum:

The basic curriculum courses are offered online and on-campus:

  • PubH 6414 Biostatistical Literacy (3 cr and a 1 cr statistical programming course**)   OR   PubH 6450 Biostatistics I (4 cr)
  • PubH 6320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 cr)  OR  PubH Epidemiologic Methods I (3cr)
  • PubH 6250 Foundations of Public Health (2 cr)
  • PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (2 cr)
  • PubH 6102 Issues in Environmental & Occupational Health (2 cr)
  • PubH 6741 Ethics in Pub Hlth: Professional Practice & Policy (1 cr)
  • PubH 6751 Principles of Management in Health Services (2 cr)


  • PubH 6210 Seminar: Public Health Medicine (1 cr)
  • PubH 6724  The Health Care System and Public Health (3 cr)

As a student in the Public Health Medicine (PHM) you can choose your graduate elective courses based on your career goals and areas of interests in public health.

There are many electives courses available on maternal and child health; health care systems; leadership and management and global health.


The Applied Practice Experience is a hands-on opportunity to implement your public health knowledge and skills in a real-world setting with the goal of demonstrating attainment of at least 5 public health competencies by producing two products.

PHM students have completed their applied practice experience at the:

  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Powderhorn Phillips Cultural Wellness Center
  • United Family Medicine
  • Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department
  • No Time For Poverty

1 cr = 40 hours of an applied practice experience.


The integrated learning experience is a highly quality written paper that demonstrated your proficiency with the written word and is appropriate for your educational and professional objectives. The paper must address at least 3 public health competencies.

The integrated learning paper will be completed in PubH 6210 Seminar: Public Health Medicine (1 cr).

2018-2019 MD/MPH Curriculum Information (PDF)

2018–2019 Dual and Executive Programs in Public Health Practice Student Guidebook (PDF)

2018–2019 SPH-wide Guidebook (PDF)

Students enrolled prior to Fall 2018

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2018 should follow the requirements that were in place at the time. Please refer to curriculum information in the student guidebook according to the year of your enrollment.

SPH Student Guidebooks Archive

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