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Are you interested in systematically improving the quality of
care delivered in our health care system? Would you like to learn
how to change policies in order to lessen the impact of
environmental hazards on human health? Do you want to become a
stronger advocate for disadvantaged populations in your community?
Would you like become an expert on the application of statistics to
clinical trial data? If any of these scenarios spark an interest
for you or if you would like to become more proficient in these
areas, perhaps you should consider pursuing a Master of Public
Health (MPH) degree alongside your medical school training or even
The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) defines five
core disciplines of academic public health: Biostatistics,
Epidemiology, Health Services Administration, Health
Education/Behavioral Science, and Environmental Science. Additional
concentrations offered by many schools include International
Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Public Health
Practice/Program Management, and Biomedical Laboratory Science.
In general, an MPH degree offers a perspective that may be
appealing to many medical students. The public health perspective
involves looking at a broader view of health than we are
traditionally taught in medical school. In public health, you
examine health in terms of the whole population, not just
individual patients. Through an MPH, you will also learn skills
that will be invaluable in your future health care practice. Some
of the skills you may learn are cost-effectiveness analysis,
community organizing, rigorous statistical analysis, experimental
design and data collection, program development in the context of
an underserved community setting, and disaster management. Both the
perspective you gain and the skills you learn through an MPH
program can be applied in a variety of health care settings
including: hospital administration, private practice, consulting
firms, public health departments, non-profit agencies, academic
research facilities, and more.
The MPH curriculum goes beyond the scope of a traditional
medical school curriculum and allows you to carve out a specialized
niche in an area of interest that can easily complement your future
career goals. I completed my MPH before medical school because I
had the fortuitous opportunity of taking an introductory public
health course while completing my undergraduate degree. I was
engrossed with the study of health policy and management and chose
this area as my field of concentration. Coursework in medical
quality in particular had a profound impact on me and my interest
grew throughout medical school. Now as a fourth-year medical
student, I plan to combine my interests in medical quality and
patient safety with cardiology through a mix of research and
teaching in an academic setting. My MPH laid the foundation for
this plan and taught me a unique set of skills that will be
invaluable for reaching this goal.
Some of you may already attend schools with MD/MPH or DO/MPH
programs and have the ability to complete an MPH concurrently with
your medical degree. If not, it may be worth considering taking
time off during medical school to complete an MPH at a nearby
institution or even through an online program. Additionally, there
are some residency programs that offer MPH degrees if you choose to
wait and complete it later. If you have an interest, I suggest you
go to the website of your own medical school for more information
or to the ASPH website at: http://www.asph.org/.
Heidi Charvet, MPH
Council of Student Members, North Atlantic Representative
New York Medical College, 2011
April 2011 Issue of IMpact
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