Loyola University Chicago

Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

Dual Degree MD/MPH in Public Health and Medicine


Health Science Campus

2160 S. First Street

Maywood, IL 60153

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Dual Degree MD/MPH in Public Health and Medicine

Format: Campus

Program Description:

A degree in public health provides a broader lens through which to examine individual patient care. Physicians with a public health background look at how environments and community resources can contribute – or detract from – overall health and wellness. For example, easy access to tobacco or lack of access to safe drinking water or healthy foods can significantly impact the health of individuals and communities. At Loyola University Chicago, you can complete a dual MD/MPH degree in five years.

Graduates with a dual MD/MPH degree from Loyola will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values to be a physician with deep insights into medicine and public health:

In addition to your medical training at the Stritch School of Medicine, you will acquire foundational knowledge in the science of public health and factors related to health.

You will combine patient care training with public health competencies in the areas of evidence-based approaches, public health and health care systems, planning and management, policy, leadership, communications, inter-professional practice, and system-wide approaches.

Professional Values
You will join a growing network of physicians dedicated to improving community and population health. Equipped with medical and public health knowledge, you will be able to identify and change how the overall health of communities impacts the health of individuals.


Start your MPH in summer before the first year (M0 year) of medical school, and complete all didactic courses.  

Requirements include:

  • 42 credits total, with 33 credits/11 courses taken during the M0 year. Most students complete one or two courses the summer before the M0 year, starting in early June, resulting in four to five classes in both the fall and spring semesters 
  • Six credits are counted and transferred from electives taken during your M3 and/or M4 years
  • A two-credit capstone project completed during a Stritch research elective or discretionary time in the M3 or M4 year
  • An applied practice experience in public health is required. Some students can complete this during the M0 year spring semester.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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