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MD/MPH Program (Population Science)

The Department of Population and Science offers a unique track to medical students who are also pursuing a Master of Public Health at SIU Carbondale (

The MD/MPH program is a five year program beginning in Carbondale. Students who have been accepted to medical school at SIU School of Medicine, but have not yet started medical school, are eligible to apply for the program.

Students accepted to the program spend their first year completing MPH coursework in Carbondale. Students start medical school the second year. The fifth year (MS4), the students take MPH specific electives and complete a practicum.

Each MD/MPH student is required to complete a total of 15 hours of electives (including the practicum) while on the Springfield campus during MS4. Each SIU School of Medicine elective is worth an equivalent number of credit hours for each week in length. Thus, a 1-week elective is worth 1 credit hour. The following electives are divided into “Required” and “Optional,” from which the student may choose to fulfill their 15 total hours.

Required course work

Optional course work*

*Optional courses may change without notice. Contact Natalie Dougherty with any questions about course availability.