For a decade, the M.D./M.P.H. dual degree has prepared students to integrate medical and public health skills as practitioners and researchers. More than 100 have completed the program, which celebrates its 10th anniversary Aug. 17.
By combining M.D. training with an M.P.H. education, students are prepared to treat individuals and address health issues in communities in just four years, said Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.P.H., professor emeritus in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
“This four-year dual degree offering has drawn many outstanding medical students to San Antonio, and other campuses have followed our lead,” Dr. Miller said. “Much of the program’s success is attributable to the fact that it is a four-year program. This opportunity to earn an M.P.H. while working toward their M.D. has attracted excellent, dedicated students who care about patients as well as their communities.”