Dual Degrees with the School of Public Health
Michael L. Smith, PhD, Multidisciplinary Program Director
Research and Education 324
UNTHSC offers several dual degree opportunities bridging the MPAS and DO degrees with the MPH, MS and PhD degrees within the School of Public Health (SPH) and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Future dual degree opportunities will also be offered to students pursuing the DPT and PharmD degrees and additional public health degrees.
There are two options for the DO/MPH track: 1) Professional option or 2) Thesis option. These options differ in regard to the Block 2 phase below.
Block 1. Block 1 consists of the preclinical years for the DO degree. During Block 1, the student will complete the first three years of the DO curriculum, must maintain a “B” average within the medical curriculum and must pass Part 1 and Part 2 of the College of Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). During this block, the student will register only for courses within the TCOM curriculum. An exception to these rules may be made only with the approval of the Dual Degree Program advisory committee, the Dean of TCOM and the Dean of the School of Public Health. During Block 1, the coursework completed within the TCOM curriculum will count for between 6-12 credit hours toward the MPH degree as determined by the SPH graduate committee.
Block 2. Block 2 consists of at least one year dedicated to graduate study. During Block 2, the student is expected to complete all course work required for the MPH degree for either the Professional Option or the Thesis Option. For the Professional Option, this coursework will include a public health practicum experience and will culminate with a comprehensive examination or Capstone project. For the Thesis Option, significant progress toward the completion of the thesis research is expected under the direction of a research mentor and graduate committee.
During Block 2, the student will also participate in a half-day elective clinical rotation biweekly. This experience will serve to maintain their clinical training experience and patient skills while the student is enrolled in their research training. An additional elective month during Block 3 will be available to complete their research requirements.
Block 3. During Block 3, the student will complete the required clinical rotations. During this block, the student may also continue work toward completion of the master’s thesis as necessary. At the end of Block 3, the student is expected to have completed the curriculum required for the DO degree and to have completed the required courses and research requirements according to the SPH degree plan. Following completion of the curricula required for both degrees, the student is awarded the DO degree through TCOM and the MPH degree through SPH.
This page last modified March 25, 2013