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NYU School of Medicine Offers New Four-Year Dual MD/MPH Degree Option

NYU School of Medicine announced it now offers a dual four-year MD/Master of Public Health degree (MPH), in which students can complete both degrees within four years to pursue a combination of interests during their medical education. Designed for highly motivated students with a strong academic record, the program allows medical students to augment their clinical training with the public health skills necessary to assume leadership positions in business, public health, and public policy among others.

“We are thrilled that we can now offer our students a four-year MD/MPH dual degree option to help expand their educational experience while in medical school,” said Steven Abramson, MD, senior vice president and vice dean for education, faculty and academic affairs. “By offering such programs, we are providing our students with the tools they need to succeed as future physician leaders in public health settings across the globe.”

The four-year MD/MPH is offered in collaboration with five of NYU's premier professional schools, as part of the existing dual-degree master's program offerings at NYU School of Medicine, which have been spearheaded by Lynn Buckvar-Keltz, MD, associate dean for student affairs. The four-year MD/MPH degree requires a full year of dedicated master’s-level work and three years of medical school, with some work overlapping the final year. Students applying to the four-year program must be willing to commit to a highly structured and condensed schedule of course work, core clerkships, and electives throughout the course of the entire four years. The program is open to new students who may apply concurrently to medical school and to currently matriculated students in their first and second years. In addition to the four-year program, a five-year MD/MPH program is offered as well.

The new dual degree program is part of NYU School of Medicine’s Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21) designed to seamlessly integrate the basic and clinical science to bedside application throughout the four years of medical school. C21’s spiraling curriculum, earlier direct patient contact, and innovative use of technology create new pathways to teach health sciences. This new program is one of several steps NYU School of Medicine has taken to be at the forefront of transforming medical education in order to best meet the needs of tomorrow's physicians.

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