Combined Degree Programs
Approximately 10 percent of students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine pursue a combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree, which offers unrivaled preparation for careers in academic medicine, government or private research. This six- to eight-year course of study offers extraordinary flexibility and can be individualized in numerous ways depending on the student’s goals and interests. The breadth of Johns Hopkins' basic science endeavors means that students can choose their Ph.D. specialization from almost any area of the biomedical sciences.
For the first two years, M.D.-Ph.D. candidates typically follow much the same course of study as their M.D. candidate classmates. After the students complete one or more clinical clerkships, however, they embark on an uninterrupted three- to four-year program of graduate study. They will return to the hospital later to complete required and elective clinical rotations.
At Johns Hopkins, Ph.D. students work closely with some of the world's leading basic scientists in an environment that is collaborative and collegial. Regular “evening discussions" feature top scientists leading relaxed conversations about career paths. The annual M.D.-Ph.D. retreat enables students to share insights and make presentations. Such a vibrant learning environment yields outstanding results, with recent graduates landing coveted positions on the leading edge of biomedical research.
Please visit the M.D.-Ph.D. program page for more information and admissions requirements.
Every year a number of Johns Hopkins medical students choose to complete a dual degree with a Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the world’s largest school of public health, which has been training public health leaders from around the globe for nearly a century. The MPH is a degree program that provides integrated training in the core competencies of the field of public health, preparing graduates to address and solve current or emerging public health challenges through multidisciplinary approaches that apply the latest scientific knowledge, common sense and teamwork. Students in the program will obtain a population-based perspective on health, along with rigorous training in a schoolwide curriculum focused on the core disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, management sciences and the environmental, biological, behavioral and social factors that influence the health of populations and communities. Please note: There is no formal M.D./M.P.H. admissions process. If you are interested in pursuing this degree, you may apply between Years Two and Three or between Years Three and Four for the M.P.H. program.
For more information, please visit the M.P.H. degree program page.
A dual M.D./MBA degree is the ideal path for students whose career interests include improving patient care through strong management of a health care system, whether that is in private practice, in a hospital or within a health care organization. Graduates of this program sometimes choose to enter clinical practice for at least a period of time; others choose to move directly into administration or medical management.
The M.D./MBA program combines the requirements and content of two degree programs: the School of Medicine’s Genes to Society curriculum and the Global MBA curriculum at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Both feature innovative new approaches to education in their respective fields. The five-year program begins with two semesters of the MBA program at the Carey Business School before students start medical school. During Years 4 and 5, the students will complete the academic requirements of the M.D. program while taking MBA elective courses required to complete the MBA degree at Carey.
Students applying to the M.D./MBA program will be required to meet the admissions criteria of the JHU School of Medicine before being admitted to the MBA program. If the students are accepted by the school of medicine, their application will be forwarded to the MBA Admissions Office for review by the business school. The M.D./MBA Academic Program Committee will approve the final candidates for the dual-degree program. Applicants are required to have an MCAT score; however, the GMAT is NOT required.
For more detailed information on requirements and curriculum, please visit the M.D./MBA degree program page.