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New Education Research on MD-MPH Degrees

A new study entitled, “Dual MD–MPH Degree Students in the United States: Moving the Medical Workforce Toward Population Health,” has been published with co-authors from USC and ASPPH. Using ASPPH Annual Data and other data sources, this study examined current trends in students pursuing a dual MD–MPH degree in the United States.

Results showed a 434 percent increase in the number of students pursuing an MD–MPH degree from 149 in 2010 to 796 in 2018. The rate of growth was greater than the increase in either the number of medical students (16 percent) or the number of MPH students (65 percent) alone. Moreover, MD–MPH students as a percentage of total MPH students more than tripled, from 1.1 percent in 2010 to 3.6 percent in 2018.

The study is published in Public Health Reports and available via open-access.

Contact Christine Plepys at with any questions on using ASPPH data resources for public health education research.