Combined degrees

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In addition to the traditional medical degree, students pursuing their medical education at the University of Minnesota Medical School have several additional educational opportunities.

Our Medical School offers 6 dual-degree programs for students with interests in combining their medical education with a degree in medical research, public health, biomedical engineering, law, business, or health informatics.
 

Whichever program you choose, our faculty physicians and researchers will join with faculty from programs across the University of Minnesota to position you for future success.

This section will help you learn more about all of our combined medical degree programs, and help you find one that is right for you.

Combined Degree Programs

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    M.D./Ph.D. Program


    This degree is designed to prepare students for both a career in medicine and a leadership role in academic medicine. Our M.D./Ph.D. Training Program aims to train a complete physician scientist.

    This degree is designed to prepare students for both a career in medicine and a leadership role in academic medicine. Our M.D./Ph.D. Training Program aims to train a complete physician scientist.

    When you participate in the M.D./Ph.D. program, you obtain exceptional medical education and training in a research area of your choice. Because the University of Minnesota ranks among the top 10 public research universities in both NIH funding and federal funding for science and engineering, you have a tremendous opportunity for success.

    Learn more about the M.D./Ph.D. program.

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    Public Health Medicine Program


    Our Public Health Medicine Program offers an M.D./M.P.H. degree program and prepares medical students to have a deeper understanding of population-based science and the cultural and environmental factors that affect patients.

    Our Public Health Medicine Program offers an M.D./M.P.H. degree program and prepares medical students to have a deeper understanding of population-based science and the cultural and environmental factors that affect patients.

    Understanding public health principles is increasingly important for today’s health professionals. It’s critical for you – a health professional-in-training – to bridge medical practice and public health. This is evidenced by such crucial health topics as obesity, food-borne illnesses, and access to care for the uninsured.

    Within the program, our faculty address public health as a broad social enterprise, putting to work the best knowledge we have about improving the health status of populations.

    Learn more about the Public Health Medicine Program.

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    M.D./M.S. in Biomedical Engineering


    The M.D./M.S. in Biomedical Engineering program is aimed at medical students exhibiting academic excellence. Once accepted, this program provides you with master’s level training in biomedical engineering. It’ll prepare you to have a command of technology and delivers incredible medical research opportunities.

    The M.D./M.S. in Biomedical Engineering program is aimed at medical students exhibiting academic excellence. Once accepted, this program provides you with master’s level training in biomedical engineering. It’ll prepare you to have a command of technology and delivers incredible medical research opportunities.

    Biomedical engineering is a rapidly evolving field that applies high-tech research to improvements in health. The University of Minnesota Medical School is 1 of 10 schools that offers an MD/MS in Biomedical Engineering or a similar master’s degree.

    The University of Minnesota has a well-established Biomedical Engineering Institute, which takes advantage of its strength in the College of Science & Engineering. The State of Minnesota has a vibrant medical-device industry, with which the Medical School has strong ties.

    Most students begin the MS program after completing their second year of Medical School curriculum.

    Learn more about the M.D./M.S. in Biomedical Engineering.

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    M.D./M.B.A. Dual Degree Program


    The M.D./M.B.A. Dual Degree Program was developed specifically for our University of Minnesota Medical School students. The program serves students who wish to earn an MBA degree as well as their MD degree from the University of Minnesota. Both degrees can be completed in 5 years.

    The M.D./M.B.A. Dual Degree Program was developed specifically for our University of Minnesota Medical School students. The program serves students who wish to earn an MBA degree as well as their MD degree from the University of Minnesota. Both degrees can be completed in 5 years.

    If you plan to enter private practice, an understanding of modern business practices is critical. Physicians who earn their MBA will better understand the business decisions that affect health care and how those decisions influence the treatment options available to patients.

    Learn more about our M.D./M.B.A. Dual Degree program.

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    M.D./M.H.I.


    The M.D./M.H.I. is a joint degree program which provides University of Minnesota medical students the opportunity to earn a master’s of health informatics degree while pursing an M.D.

    The M.D./M.H.I. is a joint degree program which provides University of Minnesota medical students the opportunity to earn a master’s of health informatics degree while pursing an M.D.

    This program prepares you for a future in health informatics, an interdisciplinary field that applies computer, information, and cognitive sciences. The field promotes the effective and efficient use and analysis of information for the improvement of human health.

    Because the interaction between health professional and patient is at the heart of any health care delivery system, it is essential to document the multiple decisions and actions that affect a patient’s well-being. Health informatics graduates are critical to the success of this emerging trend.

    The program is a single year of coursework – in addition to the 4 years of training for the M.D. – which prepares medical students to apply information technology to medicine so they can be effective informaticians within their medical specialties. The joint degree program provides the same training as the M.H.I. program with the exception of the Capstone course, which is replaced by an equivalent Medical School clerkship.

    Learn more ahbout the M.D./M.H.I. program.

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    Joint Degree Program in Law


    The University of Minnesota Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences is unique in the United States. It enables you to combine a J.D. with an M.D. in less time, with more academic support, and with potentially more financial support than if you pursued the two degrees separately.

    The University of Minnesota Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences is unique in the United States. It enables you to combine a J.D. with an M.D. in less time, with more academic support, and with potentially more financial support than if you pursued the two degrees separately.

    The program provides interdisciplinary training that prepares you to address the legal, ethical, and social implications of medicine, medical developments, and medical policy. Once you graduate, you can practice law, medicine, or both.

    Within the last decade, we’ve built a vibrant community of students, scholars, policy makers, clinicians, and community members working on social issues at the intersection of law, ethics, policy, and the biomedical and life sciences.

    Our programs have a national reputation as the place to turn for incisive, honest debate on these crucial issues and new solutions.

    Learn more about the M.D./J.D. degree program.

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