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DO/MS in Organizational Development & Leadership


ODL Competencies

  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Self-Awareness & Authenticity
  • Group Dynamics
  • Systems Thinking & Intervention Design
  • Business/Organizational Knowledge Acumen
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Consulting
  • Effective Communication
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Students who successfully complete their first year of the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree at PCOM may apply for a unique dual degree program provided by the Department of Psychology. This dual degree program leads to both a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree and a Master of Science in Organizational Development & Leadership (MS-ODL). The dual DO/MS degree is an extended five-year learning experience to allow the student to complete the requirements for both curriculums.

Students complete graduate work through evening class sessions and select “turbo” weekend courses (accelerated) during an extended sophomore medical year. In this extended second year, students participate in both the DO and MS-ODL curriculums: DO courses during the day (partial curriculum) and MS-ODL courses during the evenings/weekends.

This dual degree program provides an action learning core foundation designed to incorporate applied behavioral sciences theories and strategies to enhance professional practice as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The focus on self-awareness, organizational change and intentionally designing processes to facilitate collaboration across the continuum of care, will prove to be an invaluable demonstration of skill and competency that will be valued in any healthcare setting.

For more information about this program, please contact:
Dr. Jeffrey Branch
Program Director
Organization Development & Leadership Graduate Program

ODL Competencies

Scheduling of the coursework for the MS in Organizational Development & Leadership degree is as follows:


Influencing and leading change has not only impacted me professionally, but personally as well. I understand that in order for me to change the conditions around me, I have to be willing to change the conditions within [me] first. I am a work in progress. I once thought I knew it all and assumed there was nothing I needed to change; my one-track mind convinced me that it was those around me that needed modification. Effective leaders aren’t just born, they are made. It has taken me connecting to my roots to understand not just where I’m from but where I’m going. I am ready to lead not only my family systems, but organizational change. This program has been a humbling experience in acknowledging 'Who I Am.'

~Tierra Jackson, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Last Updated: 3/18/15