The Commonwealth Medical College enrolls students in collaborative MD-MPH degree program with East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

First Posted: 1/21/2014

The Commonwealth Medical College, in partnership with East Stroudsburg University (ESU), enrolled four students of the class of 2017 interested in pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and either a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) or Public Health Certificate (PHC). The dual MD-MPH degree was developed in an effort to fully integrate public health training into the education of primary care physicians.

Public health training prepares students to enter the dynamic and challenging field of public health as practitioners and researchers working in the prevention of disease and the improvement of the quality of life in communities. The MD-MPH dual degree program combines the strengths of two highly specialized degree programs to provide population-based healthcare principles to patient care with the goal of improving patient outcomes. TCMC students will receive additional training in public health by integrating public health studies, experiences and research at ESU during their medical school training.

Funding for this program was made possible by a five-year, $1.5 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to TCMC to enhance the integration of public health and health care through a dual degree program and other health training programs between the two institutions.

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