The Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) simultaneously prepares students for the professional practice of medicine in the traditional patient setting and the broader population health context. The combined degrees can be completed within five years of beginning study.

An additional medical training pathway is available to MD/MPH graduates, who may complete a post-MD clinical year and then a preventive medicine residency-training program. The MPH would meet the “academic phase” requirement of the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
  • Years 1 and 2 are spent in medical school, as students complete the preclinical curriculum and pass Step 1 of the USMLE.
  • Year 3 is devoted to full-time graduate study in the MPH curriculum.
  • Year 4 students return to the medical school curriculum for the third-year clinical clerkships.
  • Year 5 focuses on completion of fourth-year electives and rotations for the MD degree and a field practice placement, and a culminating requirement (typically a comprehensive examination or applied research project) for the MPH.

Formal application to the MPH program should be made during fall semester of the student’s second year in medical school. This includes completing the College of Public Health application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS), as well as the required Ohio State Graduate Application, and paying a nonrefundable application fee to the Graduate Admissions Office.