This joint program is designed for individuals who wish to acquire not only medical practice competencies, but also an understanding of the history, organization, goals and philosophy of public health. It will also help students develop competencies needed for population health management such as biostatistics, epidemiology, policy analysis, and evaluation.

Areas of study will focus on the broader determinants of health including the effects of the environment and health behaviors on health status, preventive medicine, health promotion, health services delivery and health policy.

Program Goal

The program is designed to prepare Keck medical graduates for careers in public health, community medicine and health policy. Clinically-trained physicians with the MPH degree can take positions in state and local health departments, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-profit organizations such as community health centers, and health plans. They may also work in international contexts.

Keck will graduate physicians who have the academic knowledge and skills, and clinical experience to improve the health of populations, particularly those in underserved communities.


Students who are enrolled in the Keck School of Medicine must apply to the Master of Public Health program no later than March 1 of their third year in the MD program. All requirements for admission to the regular MPH program must also be fulfilled by dual degree applicants.

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