Combined/Dual Degree Opportunities

The VCU School of Medicine, in conjunction with other Schools at VCU, offers several Combined/Dual Degree programs

The VCU School of Medicine, in conjunction with other Schools at VCU, offers several Combined/Dual Degree programs as a way for exceptional students to combine training in two related, complementary areas. Students pursuing Combined/Dual Degrees can combine research with clinical training, clinical with administrative training, public health with clinical training, as well as training in other complementary fields. Students that earn Combined/Dual Degrees are rigorously trained in multiple fields, leading to an enhanced breadth that makes them competitive for leadership positions in research, medicine, clinical services, hospital administration, and other fields.

MD-MHA

Program Overview

Advanced study in health administration and medicine is available through a dual-degree program co-sponsored by the Department of Health Administration and the VCU School of Medicine. The program leads to the awarding of the Doctor of Medicine and Master of Health Administration degrees. The objective of the M.D./M.H.A. program is to provide highly motivated medical students the expertise for management and leadership competency in complex health care organizations. Students may indicate their interest in the combined program prior to matriculation or during the first three years of the M.D. program. The program may be completed in five years. Applicants for this program are required to meet the admission requirements of each program.

For the combined degree program, course work for the M.H.A. is initiated following completion of the first two or three years of the M.D. program, occupies a full academic year (fall, spring and summer) and extends into a second year, and is taken during a hiatus from the third or fourth year of the M.D. program.

Students interested in the program may contact the School of Medicine Office of Curriculum or the director of the M.H.A. program in the Department of Health Administration (College of Health Professions). For additional information refer to the School of Medicine handbook available on the school’s website at medschool.vcu.edu.

Bulletin

Contact Information

Rachel F. Haga, MHA
Director of Graduate Programs (MHA & MSHA)
804-828-5224
E-mail: rchaga@vcu.edu

 

MD-MPH

Program Overview

The objective of the dual-degree MD/MPH program is to provide high quality and in-depth training in public health to qualified medical students. The MD/MPH Dual Degree Program provides an opportunity for medical students who wish to pursue a public health or research career to graduate from medical school trained in both clinical and preventive, population-oriented medicine. The five-year program includes four years of medical school and one year of study in the MPH program. The MPH curriculum is completed after the third year of medical school, focusing on MPH coursework and applied experiences during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Students take a minimum of 30 credits of didactic courses. To complete the MPH requirements, students receive 12 credits for successful academic work during the first two years of medical school and take a minimum of one public health elective, approved by the Educational Program Director, during the fourth year of medical school.

Bulletin

Contact Information

Lisa Anderson, M.P.H.
Director of Educational Programs
E-mail: lisa.s.anderson@vcuhealth.org

 

MD-PHD

About the Program

The VCU School of Medicine has been awarding combined MD and PhD degrees since 1975. In 1988, the school made a formal commitment to support and grow the program and, in 2006, to support all students with paid tuition, fees and stipend.

The VCU MD-PhD program is a medium-sized program, admitting six to eight people on average each year.

Full medical school and graduate school tuition is provided by the VCU MD-PhD program and PhD dissertation adviser. Students will receive a minimum annual stipend of $31,265 each year for all years enrolled in the program. Each student receives an additional $1,000 added to their stipend after passing their PhD candidacy exams. Each student who receives support from an NIH F30 award will have an additional $1,000 added to his or her stipend for the duration of their education.

The VCU MD-PhD Program encourages students with disabilities, underrepresented minorities, and students who are disadvantaged to apply. We are committed to student diversity and make every effort to attract and recruit applicants of all kinds with diverse backgrounds.

For more information about the MD-PhD program, click here.

Contact Information

Sandra Sorrell
Program Administrator
E-mail: sandra.sorrell@vcuhealth.org

MSW-MPH

Program Overview

The purpose of this dual degree program is to prepare graduates to work with individuals, families, groups, communities and/or organizations, advocate for social and economic justice in a diverse and multicultural society, and promote physical and mental health across the life course. Through this collaborative program between the VCU School of Social Work and VCU Public Health, students complete a three-year full time program of study, including some summer course work, to obtain the Master of Social Work and the Master of Public Health degrees. The dual program requires 78 credits, 45 from the Social Work curriculum and 33 from the Public Health curriculum.

Students spend the first year completing foundational work in the MSW curriculum, then take a mixture of public health and social work courses in the second year, with an emphasis on the MPH curriculum. Final program requirements are completed in the third year, with a relatively even mix of coursework from each curriculum. During the last year, the School of Social Work places dual degree students in a field instruction placement focused on public health and approved by the Director of Educational Programs.  A final research project is completed through the MPH Program, with the guidance of a public health faculty advisor.

For details on the curriculum, visit the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Dual Degree in Social Work and Public Health

Contact Information

Lisa Anderson, M.P.H.
Director of Educational Programs
E-mail: lisa.s.anderson@vcuhealth.org

PharmD-MPH

Program Overview

This dual degree program awards graduates with the opportunity to earn a doctorate in pharmacy while learning to combine their expertise in pharmaceutical care with the perspective of benefit to populations. Through this collaborative program between the VCU School of Pharmacy and the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Division of Epidemiology, students complete a five-year program in which they fulfill two credits of MPH Program practical skills work during the P3 year, and spend their fourth year pursuing MPH requirements full-time.

Students are required to complete 36 of the 45 required MPH credit hours. After the fourth year, students transition back into advanced pharmacy course work and practice experiences. Students meet the MPH internship requirement with advanced community health practice experiences in their fifth year of the program.  The MPH capstone project requirement is completed in a community setting during the P5 year and involves a comprehensive project that serves the needs of a professional public health organization, typically involving the development of one or more deliverables. Examples include a disease surveillance project, development of an immunization education campaign, or a needs assessment.

For details on the curriculum, visit the VCU Graduate Bulletin and‌ Dual Degree in Pharmacy and Public Health

Contact Information

Lisa Anderson, M.P.H.
Director of Educational Programs
E-mail: lisa.s.anderson@vcuhealth.org

Amy Pakyz, PharmD, Ph.D.
Program Director
E-mail: apakyz@vcu.edu

PHD Human Genetics-MS Genetic Counseling

The Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Master of Genetic Counseling dual degree program is designed to prepare genetic counselors for careers that require strong clinical and counseling skills and the ability to carry out independent research. The combined program streamlines the process for students interested in pursuing both degrees. Students in this rigorous program have the advantage of efficiently pursuing a genetic counseling degree and a PhD degree simultaneously.

Please follow these links for additional information or view a full description of the Dual Degree Ph.D. in Human Genetics/M.S. in Genetic Counseling graduate program.

Contact Information

John Quillin, Ph.D., M.S.
Program Director
E-mail: john.quillin@vcuhealth.org

How to Apply

Each Combined/Dual Degree program has its own admissions process

Each Combined/Dual Degree program recruits students that are uniquely qualified and therefore each program has its own admissions process. Please contact each program for more information on how to apply.

Visit the Combined/Dual Degree Programs Admissions page for more information.

Financial Support, Tuition & Fees

Each Combined/Dual Degree program is unique and therefore each program has its own costs and (in some cases) support for students. Please contact each program for more information. U.S. citizens and permanent residents should contact the VCU School of Medicine Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid.

Contact the VCU SOM Financial Aid Office

Contacts

Please contact the individuals below for additional information about each program.

Program

M.D.-Ph.D.


M.D.-M.H.A.



M.D.-M.P.H.


M.P.H.-Pharm.D.






M.S.W.-M.P.H.


Ph.D. Human Genetics-M.S. Genetic Counseling



Contact(s)

Sandra Sorrell
Program Administrator
E-mail: sandra.sorrell@vcuhealth.org

Chuky Spivey, M.H.R.
Program Coordinator
804-828-7799
E-mail: ckspivey@vcu.edu

Lisa Anderson, M.P.H.
Director of Educational Programs
E-mail: lisa.s.anderson@vcuhealth.org

Lisa Anderson, M.P.H.
Director of Educational Programs
E-mail: lisa.s.anderson@vcuhealth.org

Amy Pakyz, PharmD, Ph.D.
Program Director
E-mail: apakyz@vcu.edu

Lisa Anderson, M.P.H.
Director of Educational Programs
E-mail: lisa.s.anderson@vcuhealth.org

John Quillin, Ph.D., M.S.
Program Director
E-mail: john.quillin@vcuhealth.org