MD/MPH Program

Students admitted to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine are eligible to apply to the MD/MPH program. The combined degree results in well-trained physicians with additional skills and knowledge in public health policies and procedures, enabling them to provide service to individuals within the context of a healthy community and its unique population characteristics. The MD/MPH program is designed for completion in five years.

In addition to being admitted to the College of Medicine, students applying to the  MD/MPH program must meet the admissions requirements for the Graduate School of the University of Kentucky and for the College of Public Health. All applicants must submit an application to the Graduate School, and to the College of Public Health through the online application service, SOPHAS. The prerequisites for the Master of Public Health, as part of the combined degree, are the same as those for the College of Medicine.

Students in the MD/MPH program will complete the majority of the MPH courses during the third year of the five-year program while enrolled solely in the College of Public Health. However, students in good academic standing may take one MPH course in the second semester of the first year and in each semester of the second year of medical school. Students in the fourth and fifth years of the joint degree program are enrolled full-time in the College of Medicine, but time may be available during those years for the MPH practicum experience, which will be recognized for credit toward both the MD and the MPH degrees.

Before beginning the MD/MPH course of study, students should meet with the College of Public Health's director of admissions, and the student sffairs deans in the College of Medicine  to map out a sequence of courses. Course work is subject to change, based on course availability and satisfactory student performance.

Master of Public Health Course of Study 
The Master of Public Health curriculum includes five areas of concentration: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Health Services Management, and Environmental Health. The MPH degree requires 42 credit hours of study for completion. All students must complete 15 semester hours of required core course work, 18 hours of specialty work in one of the five areas of concentration, 3 semester hours of research, 3 semester hours of field practicum experience, and 3 semester hours of a capstone project paper and an oral defense.

Program Year

College Year


Credit Hours



Students may take courses prior to medical school (potentially fall, spring and summer before medical school)

Up to nine hours may be transferred

Years One and Two

First and Second Years of Medical School

Spring semester of first year and both semesters of second year, students may take MPH courses in place of  medical school electives

Up to six hours, total possible

Year Three

Dedicated to Master of Public Health Studies

  • MPH year, students will take 15 credit hours each semester
  • Class work for MPH capstone course* initiated, and capstone project completion deferred until the end of Year Five.
  • Summer between MPH year and the third year of medical school, may take MPH Practicum* in the four-week session (would not fulfill Area Health Education Center requirement)
  • 30 hours



  • three hours

Year Four

Third Year of Medical School

Dedicated to medical school only

Year Five

Fourth Year of Medical School

  • MPH Practicum* in Fall (if not taken before)
  • MPH Capstone* in spring semester
  • three hours (if not taken previously
  • three hours


*The MPH practicum and capstone course may be recognized for credit toward both the MD and  MPH degrees.  If the practicum is taken during the fourth year of medical school, it may fulfill one of the medical school's AHEC requirements.


Application Process
Students accepted to the College of Medicine entering class should indicate their interest in being considered for admission to the MD/MPH program by letter no later than April 1 to:

Dr. Carol Elam 
Associate Dean for Admissions and Institutional Advancement
University of Kentucky College of Medicine 
800 Rose Street, MN118
Lexington, KY 40506-0298
Phone: (859) 323-6161

The deadline for receipt of application materials to the College of Public Health is April 1 of the year of matriculation in medical school. For additional information on the College of Public Health, please contact:

Ms. Laverne R. Carter 
Director of Admissions
College of Public Health 
111 Washington Ave., Room 120 
Lexington, KY 40536-0003 
Phone: (859) 218-2066 
Fax: (859) 257-5624