Combined Degree Programs

DO/MPH Dual Degree Program

Program Narrative

The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in conjunction with the Rutgers School of Public Health, Stratford/Camden Campus, plans to offer a program leading to a dual degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and Master of Public Health (MPH).

The program allows medical students to complete their DO degree and MPH degree in five years. Application to this program is limited to students who have already been accepted to the School of Osteopathic Medicine and have taken the MCAT and who are accepted into the MPH degree program by one of its participating Departments. Students admitted to this dual degree program would normally take medical school courses the first two years and would begin taking MPH courses during the summer between first and second year. Between the 3rd and 4th year or after the 4th year before beginning their residency for the DO degree, students would concentrate on the MPH course work and start the fieldwork requirement. Students would complete the fieldwork requirement as a medical school elective in their 5th year of the dual degree program. While the expectation is that most students will complete both degrees within five years, they must complete the MPH within a seven-year framework.

Although all students are required to complete 15 credits of core courses for the MPH degree, the remaining course work will vary based on the requirements of the Department within the School chosen by the student. Students selecting the Health Systems and Policy concentration could take courses on either the Stratford/Camden or Piscataway campus. Students wanting another concentration could take the core courses on the Stratford/Camden campus but would need to take required courses on either the Piscataway or Newark campus depending upon their selected concentration. Dual degree students may transfer up to six credits from the DO program toward the MPH degree in recognition of the biological content in their professional curricula. These credits would be in lieu of elective coursework for the MPH degree. Please refer to specific course offerings (per HSP Department) for details of curriculum outline.

Once approved, this offering will be publicized on the websites for both schools and to the applicants who are interviewing for the class. We expect the program will grow as we advertise the option to future applicants to the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and as more Departments are added on the Stratford campus.

DO/MPH Curriculum: Health Systems and Policy Department (EXAMPLE)

 

 

 

MPH Credits

Year 1

 

 

 

 

Fall:

Medical school coursework

 

 

Spring:

Medical school coursework

 

 

Summer:

PHCO 0502 Introduction to Health Systems and Policy

3

 

 

HSAP 6608 Organizational Behavior  

3

 

 

DO credits (MPH elective coursework)

6

 

     

Year 2

 

 

 

 

Fall:

Medical school coursework

 

 

Spring:

Medical school coursework

 

       

Year 3

 

 

Dedicated to MPH degree coursework between 3rd and 4th Year

 

 

Fall:

PHCO 0504 Introduction to Biostatistics

3

 

PHCO 0503 Introduction to Environmental Health

3

 

 

HSAP 6608 Social and Policy Context of Health

3

 

 

PHCO 0502 Introduction to Epidemiology 

3

 

Spring:

HPAA 6520J Health Care Financial Management

3

 

 

HSAP 6504 Human Resource Management 

3

 

 

HSAP 0606J Health Care Ethics

3

 

 

PHCO 0505 Introduction to Health Education

3

 

Summer:

HSAP 0618 Research Methods

3

 

 

FDWC 0600 Fieldwork 1 

1

       

Year 4

 

Medical school clinical rotations

 

       

Year 5

 

Medical school 4th year electives

 

 

 

FDWC 0601 Fieldwork II  

5

         

 

 

MPH Degree

TOTAL

45

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