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Accelerated MPH Degree

Physicians are uniquely qualified to address important public health issues.  Those who pursue advanced training through a MPH degree are able to recognize the scope of health problems, address specific populations in need, and match resources that will protect and promote health for individuals and communities.  Doctors work in all areas of public health, including local and state health departments, federal public health agencies, community health centers, healthcare administration, academic research, not-for-profit organizations, and the private sector.

Is an Accelerated MPH program right for you?

You should consider combining a public health degree with a MD if:

  • You are an inquisitive person interested in approaching health from a different perspective.
  • You want to have a greater impact on the health of people by considering population issues.
  • You are considering a career that involves clinical research, teaching, preventive medicine, global health or public health practice.

What concentrations may I pursue?

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics: prepares you for a career in public health service, research, or teaching.
  • Health Policy and Management: prepares you for a career in policy, management, or healthcare administration.
  • Other concentrations are possible.

When and how can I get a degree in public health?

The accelerated MPH for medical students is a five-year program that may be pursued through either of two separate tracks.

  1. In track 1, students pursue an integrated five-year curriculum.  A traditional medical school curriculum for the first two years is required.  During years three through five, clinical rotations alternate with courses taken in the College of Public Health until requirements for both degrees are met.
  2. In track 2, students pursue the accelerated MPH program during a one-year break from the usual medical school curriculum.  This can occur at any time, but engaging in these studies after the third year clinical clerkships would give students greater perspective on how the MPH might apply to their clinical careers.

Up to 9 credit hours of course requirements for the MPH degree may be fulfilled through courses taken in the MD curriculum.

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  • How do I apply?

    Students from any medical school may apply to this program.  After matriculating in medical school, applicants will then submit the UGA Graduate School application ( and the SOPHAS application ( for the MPH program.  The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be accepted in place of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Application deadlines for each semester are published on the UGA Graduate School website.  We recommend that interested students speak with program faculty prior to applying to ensure that their expectations and goals are compatible with the accelerated MD/MPH program.

  • Questions?

    • For application questions, contact Colin Porter at or 706-583-0885
    • For MPH program and course schedule questions, contact Mumbi Okundaye at or 706-583-0059
    • To learn more about opportunities in public health and medicine, contact:
    • Dr. Laurel Murrow ( at the Medical Partnership, or
    • Dr. Mark Ebell ( at the College of Public Health
  • More About Us

    The Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership welcomed its first class of 40 students in 2010.  Located on the UGA Health Sciences Campus, the Medical Partnership emphasizes small group learning, supplemented by large group interactive sessions.  The small class size allows students to work with faculty and physicians in groups of four to eight daily during the first and second years.  During the third and fourth years, required and elective clerkships are available in the Athens area and around Northeast Georgia.

    The University of Georgia College of Public Health was founded in 2005 with a commitment to protect human health through its teaching, research, and public service.  The College was established to expand the availability of affordable public health education and training in Georgia and to increase public health expertise throughout the southeast, allowing UGA to better address the serious disease and health problems that affect populations around the state, country, and world.

Contact us for more information

Laurel Boykin Murrow

Assistant Professor of Medicine, AU/UGA Medical Partnership

Russell Hall, 108