This DO/MS/PhD affiliation established a joint degree program which will provide
PCOM students with an opportunity to pursue a PhD in health policy at the University
of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USci) while simultaneously working toward their Doctor
of Osteopathic Medicine degree at PCOM. It offers another degree option for PCOM's
students and will prepare the first generation of DOs with the credentials to lead
health policy development at the national level.
The DO/MS/PhD track is envisioned as a progressive curriculum. All program students
are first accepted as Master of Science candidates in Health Policy Studies and will
begin the didactic phase of the program following their first year of medical study.
In the regular academic year students combine daytime medical study with evening health
policy study for the duration of their extended program. The PCOM curriculum will
extend the sophomore year of medical study over two summer sessions and four semesters.
Upon completion of the extended sophomore medical year, students will be awarded the
Master of Science by USci and may elect to progress to PhD study in Health Policy
with the addition of several courses and identification of a plan chosen from a number
of options for completing the dissertation and completing the medical clerkship curriculum.
The advisor for the program is Robert Cuzzolino, EdD, Vice President for Graduate
For program information, contact Dr. Cuzzolino at firstname.lastname@example.org
. For questions about the health policy curriculum, contact USci Department of Health
Policy at 215.596.7612 .