The VCU School of Medicine, in conjunction with other schools at VCU, offers everal combined and dual degree options as a way for exceptional students to complete training in two related, complementary areas.

Students pursuing combined or dual degrees can pursue research with clinical training, clinical with administrative training, public health with clinical training, as well as training in other complementary fields. Graduates with combined or 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.

Dual degree in medicine and health administration

VCU School of Medicine and VCU College of Health Professions

Program highlights

  • For students interested in roles as physicians leaders
  • Completion in five years
  • Apply during first three years of medical school

Program contact

Rachel Haga, M.H.A.
Director of Graduate Programs
rchaga@vcu.edu

Apply through HAMPCAS

Dual degree in medicine and public health

VCU School of Medicine and Department of Family Medicine and Epidemiology

Program highlights

  • In-depth public health training to qualified medical students
  • Five-year program with at least 36 credit hours of public health courses
  • M.P.H. curriculum is completed after the third year of medical school

Program contact

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

Apply through SOPHAS

Dual degree in medicine and science

VCU School of Medicine

Program highlights

  • Admits six to eight students each year
  • Emphasis on retaining clinical skills during graduate years
  • Students receive an annual stipend each year for all years enrolled

Program contact

Georgia Straton
M.D.-Ph.D. Program Administrator
georgia.straton@vcuhealth.org

Apply through AMCAS

Dual degree in pharmacy and public health

School of Pharmacy and Department of Family Medicine and Epidemiology

Program highlights

  • Combines expertise in pharmaceutical care with the perspective of benefit to populations
  • Five-year program, including an M.P.H. capstone project that serves the needs of a public health organization
  • Available to current PharmD students

Program contact

Pramit A. Nadpara, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcome Science
panadpara@vcu.edu

Apply through SOPHAS

Dual degree in human genetics and genetic counseling

Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

Program highlights

  • Prepares genetic counselors for careers that require strong clinical and counseling skills
  • Emphasis on independent research
  • Minimum of 126 graduate credit hours

Program contact

John Quillin, Ph.D.
Assistant Program Director
john.quillin@vcuhealth.org 

Apply through VCU Graduate Admissions

Financial Support, Tuition and Fees

Each combined and dual degree option 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.

VCU School of Medicine Financial Aid Office