Thomas Jefferson University DO-MPH Program

The Jefferson MPH is a comprehensive program that develops competencies in five key public health areas: behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology and health policy and advocacy.

The interdisciplinary curriculum stresses leadership skills, systems thinking, health communication, global health and cultural competency.

  • The DO/MPH dual degree program recognizes the growing synergy between osteopathic medicine and public health services and the growing interest among professionals to earn multiple graduate degrees.
  • The MPH degree is offered through the Jefferson School of Population Health.
  • Jefferson’s MPH degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the national accrediting body.

Program Details

Thomas Jefferson University is the home of the first and only School of Population Health (JSPH) in the country. A national leader in population health, Jefferson puts wellness, prevention and public health at the forefront of quality care for all.

  • PCOM DO students can receive at least 9 MPH transfer credits (three elective courses) from Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health toward the 45-credit MPH program.
  • PCOM DO students may be able to receive 3 additional MPH transfer credits to satisfy the required MPH Clerkship (practicum) requirement totally 12 transfer credits (27%) for the MPH.
  • PCOM DO students take their MPH courses at Jefferson after their third year clinical rotations over a 10 month period (Sept.-June), receive a no-cost one year leave of absence from Jefferson and return to PCOM for their final year of medical education as they complete their MPH Capstone Research project. Subsequently, PCOM DO students complete their DO and MPH degrees in five years, graduating at PCOM and Thomas Jefferson University in the late spring of their fifth year. DO Students from Philadelphia or Georgia Campuses may participate in the PCOM-Jefferson MPH program.

Program Availability

The DO-MPH program is available for students on the Philadelphia and Georgia campuses. The full-time, one-year program is completed between third- and fourth-year rotations. Georgia campus students complete their third year of the DO curriculum in Georgia. Students then take a leave of absence in order to relocate to Philadelphia for the master of public health program. The DO/MPH program includes a Philadelphia-based MPH rotation which Georgia students complete as their first fourth-year rotation. 

How to Apply

DO students apply to the MPH program at in the first semester of their third year at PCOM, during their clinical rotations and suspend their final year of medical education at PCOM for one year. They begin their Jefferson MPH program the day after Labor Day and conclude their MPH courses at the end of June.

The application/admissions process includes the following:

  • Completion of online application form
  • Personal statement addressing interest in public health and how professional training in public health will enhance the applicant’s professional goals
  • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing applicant’s interest in public health.
  • Personal interview with JSPH Director of Academic and Student Services.

For additional information on the Jefferson MPH, contact April Smith at april.smith@jefferson.edu or Jennifer Ravelli at Jennifer.Hughes-Ravelli@jefferson.edu or call 215-503-0174. For questions related to the PCOM curriculum, contact Dr. Robert Cuzzolino at bob@pcom.edu.