Physicians are uniquely qualified to address important public health issues.

Those who pursue advanced training through an 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 an 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. Students pursue the accelerated MPH program during a one-year break from the usual medical school curriculum. This typically occurs after completing the third-year clinical clerkships when students are likely to have a 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.

How do I apply?

Students from any medical school may apply to this program. Applicants 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.


  • For application questions, contact Lindsey Welton at or 706-583-0885
  • For MPH program and course schedule questions, contact Dr. Mumbi Anderson at or 706-583-0059
  • To learn more about opportunities in public health and medicine, contact: Dr. Mark Ebell ( at the College of Public Health

More About the College of Public Health

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.

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