MD/PhD Joint Degree

The joint PhD/MD program is a unique arrangement between the Department of Epidemiology and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The program provides the opportunity for students to undertake a physician-scientist training program tailored to specific research interests, provided by the wide range of research that primary and secondary epidemiology faculty are involved in within Pitt Public Health and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Students in this program begin by completing two years of the MD degree in the School of Medicine, and then study at Pitt Public Health for three years to complete the PhD program. Students then return to the School of Medicine to finish the last two years of medical training.

Potential Funding Opportunities

  • Aging epidemiology
  • Applied public health epidemiology
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular and diabetes epidemiology
  • Clinical trials and methods
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Global health epidemiology
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Injury prevention epidemiology
  • Molecular and genetic epidemiology
  • Population neuroscience
  • Obesity and nutritional epidemiology
  • Prevention, lifestyle, and physical activity epidemiology
  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology
  • Women’s health epidemiology

Areas of Emphasis