Southern Illinois University offers a unique MD/MPH dual degree through a collaboration between SIU School of Medicine and SIU Carbondale College of Health and Human Sciences.
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 MD/MPH 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.
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