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Dual Degree Programs

In order to meet the specialized needs of some medical students, the School of Medicine offers two sets of programs leading to “dual degrees.”  Each set of programs is arranged between the medical school and the related degree-granting school, thereby introducing scheduling efficiencies.  The curricula of the dual degree programs are not integrated.  Rather, students in dual degree programs will complete all curricular requirements of each program.  Tuition is paid for the courses leading to each degree.    Upon successful completion of each component of the program, the student will receive the degree specific to that component:   MD, PhD or MPH.   Single MD/PhD or MD/MPH degrees are not awarded.



MD/PhD Program

If you want to become a physician-scientist, an excellent way to do it these days is to enroll in an MD/PhD program. The program is comprehensive, demanding and challenging, attracting bright, highly motivated individuals drawn to a research career in academic medicine. Temple’s MD/PhD program director says scientists with a medical background are in increasing demand at medical research centers because “they’re in the best position to ask the important questions about diseases and their origins and treatments.” For more detailed information about the MD/PhD Program, contact Dr. Soprano, Associate Dean for Graduate and MD/PhD Programs at 215-707-3976, or visit the program web site.



MD/MPH Program

Students with a special interest in pursuing a dual MD/MPH degree must submit an application to the MPH program at the same time that the MD application is under consideration. The dual program is coordinated such that one additional year of study is required to receive both MD and MPH degrees. For more information on the MPH Program, visit their web site.



MD/MA in Urban Bioethics Program


Temple’s newest graduate program, an MA in Urban Bioethics, is available to students starting in the Fall of 2012. Students who are interested in the MA program can apply after acceptance to the School of Medicine. TUSM will provide admissions documents for the MA program to complete your application.


Students will complete the requirements for the MA concurrent with the medical school courses and no additional time is necessary to complete the MA coursework. For more information on the MA in Urban Bioethics, visit the program web site.


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