Combined Degree Programs

MPH and MBA Options

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M.D./Master's of Public Health

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students have the opportunity to obtain both an M.D. and MPH degree in just five years through a partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno's School of Community Health Sciences. Program areas include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Social and behavioral health

Students who select this program will be prepared for career tracks in prevention, research, and population-based community health. Physicians with this combined degree often work in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, or international health agencies to address health policy and advocacy. Selected elective credits in the medical student's fourth year will count jointly towards the two degrees. Many positions in public health, occupational, aerospace and environmental agencies and companies prefer this degree combination for physicians in many of their leadership positions. This degree combination also prepares practicing physicians to meet the social, behavioral and environmental issues that influence health and the health practices of their patients and communities.

Medical students can submit MCAT scores in place of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement for this combined degree program.

M.D./Master's of Business Administration

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students interested in administration and policy in health care may choose to complete a Master's of Business Administration while in medical school. The School of Medicine offers this program in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business. The University of Nevada, Reno's MBA program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest accreditation available for MBA programs. The MBA program is placed at #24 nationally in BusinessWeek's 2013 ranking MBA programs across the US. This combined degree is personalized for each student, working with MBA and M.D. faculty and is tailored to meet the career goals of each participating M.D. student. Students complete Years I and II of medical school, then begin the intensive MBA program, which most students can complete in one year. Students then return to Years III and IV of medical school. This customized MBA program for M.D. students is structured for one year, at much less cost and time to students. Selected elective credits in the medical student's fourth year will count jointly towards the two degrees.

This combined degree is ideal for students considering advancement in medical leadership, either in group medical practices, government agencies, healthcare companies, or research and pharmaceutical firms.

Medical students are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to fulfill entrance requirements for this combined degree.

Contact Brady Janes, Office of Medical Education, for more information on combined degree programs.