MD/MPH Application Process
The MD/MPH combined degree program is available only to students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and who have already been accepted to Tulane's School of Medicine (SOM). In addition, applicants to the 4-year program must have earned a 28 or higher on the MCAT. You may not begin the application process until you have received your letter of acceptance from SOM.
The application priority deadlines for the MD/MPH combined degree program are as follows:
March 15: Early acceptance deadline. Apply by March 15 before your first year in SOM if you wish to begin the MD/MPH program the summer before SOM begins, or if you definitely intend to begin the program in the spring of your T1 year, or if you wish to be considered for any merit-based scholarships that may be available.
October 15: Fall acceptance deadline. Apply by October 15 of your T1 year if you missed the March 15 deadline and if you wish to begin the MD/MPH program in the spring of your T1 year.
If you miss the October 15 deadline, please contact the MD/MPH program office to discuss your options.
If you are an incoming or an SOM student in the fall of your T1 year, submit each item below. If you are an SOM student in the spring of your T1 year or later, you will submit the same documents as below, but you must also contact Rachael Ruiz for additional application instructions.
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPH) application. Email Rachael Ruiz to request an application as a Word document that you will complete and email back. Please note that the application will include an information release statement that allows the MD/MPH program office to copy your SOM application file (so that you do not need to submit additional transcripts, MCAT scores, AMCAS information, or letters of recommendation for your MD/MPH application).
Please note that you must select only one public health department to which you will initially apply. Students may transfer departments after they have been admitted into the program as long as they complete core courses first. If you are unsure about which specific department to choose, please browse the SPH web site and read about each department, including the projects the department is involved in, the research interests and projects of faculty, course descriptions, etc. This information may help you match your interests with the appropriate SPH department.
Career Statement. As part of your application, you will also submit a one-to-two-page career statement, which should focus on your public health goals, experience, and/or accomplishments, and should articulate how you hope to incorporate your public health degree into your career as a medical professional.
Two or three letters of recommendation to highlight public health. The MD/MPH office will use the letters of recommendation from your SOM application file. You may (but are not required to) submit additional letters of recommendation that focus on your public health interests or experiences and provide additional information about you. You may submit additional letters of recommendation to the following address:
Rachael Ruiz, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator
MD/MPH Combined Degree Program
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal St., Ste. 2430, #8301
New Orleans, LA 70112