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Graduate Record 2010-2011 
Graduate Record 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Dual Degree Programs

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Students must be admitted to each program/plans within the two careers (Medicine, GSAS/MPH). Admission is to the M.D. program and then to the M.P.H.

Enrollment, Tuition, and Financial Aid

Any student enrolled in the M.D./M.P.H. degree program has access to 8 semesters of medical school financial aid, will pay 8 semesters of medical school tuition, and will remain enrolled in the School of Medicine for the first three years, then GSAS for the fall and spring semesters (year 4), and then return to the School of Medicine for the summer session and for the remaining fall and spring semesters (year 5).

During year 4, the student will pay graduate tuition through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is eligible for appropriate graduate financial aid.

Any student enrolled in the School of Medicine is required to meet the independent degree requirements of that program.

Tracking Credit

Credits that are applicable to two plans in two distinct careers (Medicine/GSAS-MPH) will require manual intervention.  The following courses, taken in year 5 are applicable to both plans:

  • PHS 8900 Field Placement
  • PHS 8930 Culminating Experience
  • PHS 8960 Supervised Independent Research

A letter from the M.P.H. director documenting successful completion of the above courses and supporting consideration for elective credit will enable the student to receive up to 8 elective credits toward the M.D. degree providing that the letter is received 4 weeks before graduation.

Effect on the Transcipt

The academic transcript will include a separate page for each career (Medicine/GSAS-MPH).  Credits or coursework taken while enrolled within a particular career will appear on the page of the transcript affiliated with that career.  The following courses will have to be manually transferred from the SOM to GSAS/MPH in year 5:

  • PHS 8900 Field Placement
  • PHS 8930 Culminating Experience
  • PHS 8960 Supervised Independent Research

Awarding of Degrees

Both the M.D. and M.P.H. degrees, providing requirements have been met for both career plans, can be awarded at the May graduation.

M.D.-Ph.D. (NIH Medical Scientist Training)

The goal of the MST program is to provide students with the highest quality training to conduct biomedical research as well as a firm grounding in clinical medicine. Ph.D. training may be done in one of our Basic Science Departments including Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, and Pharmacology. We also offer a wide variety of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in the areas of Immunology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Biophysics, Molecular Pharmacology, Molecular Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Cancer, and Infectious Diseases. A major emphasis of the program is to train physician-scientists who will lead the biomedical research community in efforts to discover the fundamental basis of human disease and to develop innovative new therapies for their treatment. Students in the dual M.D., - Ph.D., degree program must complete the requirements for both degrees within seven years of matriculation in the School of Medicine. Those who are making progress toward graduation but who will exceed the seven-year limit may apply for one-year extensions. More than one extension may be granted. For more information see www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/mstp.

M.D.-M.P.H. Public Health

The dual M.D.-M.P.H. is designed to provide graduate professional training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, translational and community-based research, and community engagement strategies to improve the health of individuals and populations. The program focuses on the competencies professionals need to address population health and health care delivery issues and includes a range of interdisciplinary courses on social behavioral health, health policy, program planning and evaluation, and environmental health, as well as epidemiology and biostatistics.  Medical Students who decide to pursue the M.P.H. should expect to begin their M.P.H. courses after completing the core clinical clerkships and to extend their education by one year. The dual degree program must be completed within 6 years of matriculation in the School of Medicine. For more information, see http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/phs/mph/jointmdmph.cfm.

M.D. - M.B.A.

The School of Medicine and the Darden School of Business offers a dual degree program in which a student may obtain both the M.D. and the M.B.A. degrees in 5 years. The student is obligated to secure separate admission to both schools. Once admitted to the School of Medicine, the student may take application to the Program Committee for admission to the dual degree program. Students in the dual degree begin their M.B.A. curriculum after completing the first three years of the medical curriculum. The total duration is 5 years. For more information, see http://www.darden.virginia.edu/html/standard.aspx?menu_id=72&styleid=2&id=816#MBA/MD


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