Combined Degree Programs

MD/MPH Options

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students have the opportunity to obtain both an MD and a Master’s of Public Health degree in just five years through a partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno's School of Community Health Sciences.

MPH specialization areas include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Social and behavioral health
  • Health administration and policy

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 medical 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.


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.


The MD/PhD Research Program trains a limited number of highly motivated students for careers as biomedical scientists in clinical and translational research. Students in the program will acquire dual expertise in biomedical research and clinical medicine and will be prepared to conduct and to manage research aimed at the prevention and treatment of human disease. Graduates of the Program will receive a combined MD/PhD Degree.

The Program is structured so that participants can earn the combined degree in a period of six or seven years. Individual curricular planning will allow the student to take full advantage of the educational opportunities of the University in a comprehensive, integrated and coherent manner. The enriched curriculum will prepare the graduate to function effectively in research, teaching, clinical care and in communication between their colleagues in basic and clinical departments of academic, government or industrial institutions.

PhD research training is offered in the following tracks of the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Learn More about the MD/Ph.D Combined Degree Program