The MD-MPP dual degree is an interdisciplinary five-year program appealing to medical students interested in pursuing career opportunities to perform high-quality analyses of local, state, federal, and global health issues. MPP policy analysis and public management tools can help physicians become more effective players in the health care policy world.
"As a joint MD/MPP student, Sanford allowed me to expand my understanding of healthcare beyond the bedside and into the 'black-box' of policymaking. I use lessons from my time at Sanford everyday as both a physician and a health-system executive pursuing my passion to prevent harm and improve outcomes for North Carolina's 9.9 million patients."—Chris DeRienzo MD/MPP '08, Chief Patient Safety Officer, Mission Health System
In addition to meeting Duke School of Medicine (SOM) requirements, the five-year MD-MPP includes 39 units of public policy course work, a public policy summer internship, and the completion of a Master’s Project under the close supervision of a public policy faculty advisor.
Students are accepted to Duke SOM through their regular application process; they then apply to Duke Public Policy in the fall of their second year. Interested Medical School students should contact Dr. David Matchar, Third Year Study Track Director, for discussion of their choice of mentor project and additional information on the MD-MPP dual degree.
For specific application procedures and information on the MPP program, please refer to the MPP admissions page.