Earn your DO and MPH at the same time.

With ATSU’s dual DO/MPH program, you can earn your Master of Public Health (MPH) through ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS) while completing your Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree at ATSU-SOMA. Students trained in ATSU-SOMA’s innovative community campus model will be well prepared for a medical career in public health venues. The MPH requires additional courses completed online via ATSU-CGHS. Applications to the MPH program are accepted toward the end of students’ first year at ATSU-SOMA. After earning your DO and MPH degrees you will be able to do the following and more:

  • Analyze issues of access, quality, and cost for populations, communities, and individuals
  • Evaluate social determinants of health and health disparities at your community health center and beyond
  • Hypothesize reasons for observed disparities
  • Create interventions to address health disparities
  • Design research studies to address health disparities
  • Compare and contrast research methodologies
  • Critically appraise public health and medical literature
  • Define health literacy and apply its concepts to health promotion and disease prevention programs
  • Apply knowledge and skills acquired from the curriculum and complete an academic paper suitable for publication
  • Present research findings at national meetings
  • Evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs from a variety of perspectives

“Combining medical care and public health makes for an exciting, challenging and interesting career. The ability to affect both individuals and populations is powerful.”

- Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP Chair, ATSU-SOMA Department of Public Health Director, DO/MPH Programs Director, National Center for Community Health Research

Advanced Credit Courses (12 Credit Hours)

MED620 Epidemiology

MED621 Biostatistics

Dual Credit Courses, ATSU-SOMA offers DO/MPH students two dual-credit courses that count toward both the DO and MPH degrees

PCSL7134 - Public Health during OMS-III

ELEC8178 - Public Health Practicum during OMS-IV, w/concurrent enrollment in PUBH7850

ATSU-CGHS Courses

PUBH5000 - Introduction to Public Health Concepts

PUBH5200 - Fundamentals of Research in Public Health

HLTH6500 - Behavior Sciences and Health Education Concepts

PUBH6100 - Identifying Community Health Needs

PUBH6700 - Public Health Policy and Politics

PUBH6500 - Public Health Systems Policy and Management

MHAD6270 - Leading Healthcare Organizations

PUBH5800 - Community Health Informatics

PUBH7500 - Development of Community-based Programs

ENVR6200 - Environmental Health Sciences

PUBH6700 - Public Health Policy and Politics

PUBH7850 - Public Health Practicum

Required Elective Courses: One 3-credit CGHS elective course and PCSL7134 in OMS-III

Student Testimonials

“The DO/MPH program at ATSU-SOMA provides me the tools to tackle the complex issues of underserved populations not only at the patient bedside, but also through sustainable interventions in the community.”

- Geraldine Malana