DO MPH - Thomas Jefferson | Dual Degree Programs at PCOM
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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 College of Population Health.
  • Jefferson’s MPH degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the national accrediting body.

Thomas Jefferson University is the home of the first school of population health 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 nine 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 three additional MPH transfer credits to satisfy the required MPH Clerkship (practicum) requirement totally 12 transfer credits (27 percent) for the MPH.
  • PCOM DO students take their MPH courses at Jefferson after their third year clinical rotations over a 10 month period (September through 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 PCOM's Philadelphia or Georgia locations may participate in the PCOM-Jefferson MPH program.

The DO MPH program is available for PCOM and PCOM Georgia students. The full-time, one-year program is completed between third- and fourth-year rotations.

PCOM Georgia 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.

DO students apply to the MPH program 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.

How to apply:

  • Review the application instructions
  • Upload a personal statement addressing interest in public health and how professional training in public health will enhance the applicant’s professional goals.
  • Upload resume
  • Identify one person who will submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf by providing the name and email address in the applicant portal
  • Submit the application and pay the fee

Submit your supporting documentation:

  • Official transcripts
  • English Language Proficiency scores, if appropriate

Supporting documents can be sent to or via US Mail to the following address:

Thomas Jefferson University
Graduate Application Document Processing
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Once your application is complete and has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee, if deemed appropriate candidates, you will be invited for an interview.

For additional information about the Jefferson MPH, contact April Smith at or 215-503-5305.