Dual Degree Programs

Duke's highly flexible curriculum gives students an opportunity to pursue a second degree while enrolled in medical school. About 40 percent of Duke medical students graduate with two degrees. 

Juris Doctor, Law Degree (MD/JD)

Name of Degree: Juris Doctor (3 years)

Options/tracks within the degree program: Varies across law schools

Course of study: six semesters of coursework

Location: Duke University School of Law or at another University - (must be approved by the third year committee)

Length of Program: Usually three years, with requirements of third year medical school accomplished in third of degree program

Total time to graduation: typically six years

Tuition Arrangements: full tuition for both programs is paid independently to the two schools

Financial Aid: eligible and can apply for financial aid at each program for each year enrolled in that program

Master of Art in Liberal Studies (MD/MALS)

This joint degree program of the Duke University Graduate Liberal Studies program and the School of Medicine would begin in the third year of a student's medical degree and is a two-year program. The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program offers the rigor of a graduate-level liberal arts education within an interdisciplinary context. For medical students, the value of this degree is substantial. The program enables students to expand their intellectual capacity in diverse areas of study (e.g., social sciences, history, policy, ethics, etc.) while exploring these subjects from many perspectives. MALS students hone their abilities to view issues and problems from a variety of points-of-view, gaining both intellectual and practical skills that make them more comprehensive thinkers and more effective problem solvers. The objectives of a MALS degree are to extend student's intellectual resources and range, promote openness to new ideas and ways of thinking, and to facilitate the ability to identify connections and interrelationships among seemingly disparate subject areas. To meet these objectives, Liberal Studies seminars are designed specifically for this program and open to MALS students only. In addition, MALS students may take other courses of interest in Duke's Graduate School.

Requirements

Students design an individual course of study that brings together their intellectual interests and professional goals. Requirements include nine courses and a Master's thesis (approved by both the Graduate Liberal Studies program and the School of Medicine).

Apply to the Graduate Liberal Studies program on-line through the Graduate School. The application deadline for fall is May 15. All MD/MALS theses proposals also require School of Medicine approval.

For more information, please contact Donna Zapf, PhD, Director, dzapf@duke.edu; or Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD, meh@duke.edu.

Masters of Business Administration (MD/MBA)

Name of Degree: Master of Business Administration (2 years)

Options/tracks within the degree program: Many; Health Sector Management may be most relevant to Medical Students

Course of study: Four semesters of coursework, and the summer between the two years is often devoted to practical work in business as well

Location: Duke Fuqua School of Business or a Business School at another University - Must be approved by the Third Year Committee prior to beginning the program.

Length of Program: Usually two years, with requirements of third year medical school accomplished in second year of degree

Total time to graduation: typically five years Tuition Arrangements: full tuition for both programs is paid independently to the two schools

Financial Aid: eligible and can apply for financial aid at each program for each year enrolled in that program

For more information, contact: Jennifer Perkins, MD, MBA, Study Program Director.

Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research: Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP)

Name of degree: Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research (2 years)

Options/tracks within the degree program: Clinical research, Genomic Research

Course of study  4 semesters of coursework, plus a thesis is required. A one year, non-degree option may be available;

Location: Duke Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP)

Length of Program: Masters’ Degree takes 2 years and requires a thesis.

Total time to graduation: Masters’ Program typically five years (the first or second year is congruent with your third year program).

Tuition arrangements: full tuition for both programs is paid independently to the two schools. Scholarship funding is available for the entire Masters’ tuition; please apply for the CTSA scholarship.

Financial Aid: eligible and can apply for financial aid at each program for each year enrolled in that program

For more information contact: David Edelman, M.D., Director, CTSA TL1 Scholarship.

Masters of Management of Clinical Informatics (MMCi)

Acquire the knowledge and skills to merge technology with research and patient care and help improve human health. The program seeks to prepare graduates for managerial and executive positions in health care.
 
For more information, contact Lawrence Crawford, MD, Study Program Director.
 

Masters of Public Policy (MD/MPP)

Name of degree: Master of Public Policy (1-2 years)

Options/tracks within the degree program: Varies across schools of Public Policy

Course of study: three-four semesters of coursework; Masters' Thesis is required

Location: Duke Sanford School of Public Policy or a Public Policy School at another University (must be approved by the third year committee prior to the start of the program).

Length of Program: usually two years, with requirements of third year of medical school accomplished in second year of degree program; under carefully considered circumstances and with special permission/effort can be completed in 16 months.

Total time to graduation: typically five years, but can be four (see above)

Tuition arrangements: full tuition for both programs is paid independently to the two schools.

Financial Aid: eligible and can apply for financial aid at each program for each year enrolled in that program

For more information contact: David Edelman, M.D., MHS, Study Program Director.

Masters in Bioethics and Science Policy; MD/MA

Description:

The Duke Masters in Bioethics and Science Policy program teaches students how to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to myriad complex issues at the intersection of science, technology, ethics, and policy. Our curriculum is distinct from other bioethics degrees in its focus on bioethics and science policy, rather than bioethics or medical ethics alone. scienceandsociety.duke.edu/learn/ma/

Length of Program:

Three semesters. The program is typically completed by undertaking the course work during the fall and spring semesters, followed by a practicum or thesis during the following summer term. The program is, however, highly flexible in the scheduling or degree requirements, especially in the case of joint degree students.

Eligibility:

All Duke third year medical students are eligible to apply. For additional information, including tuition, please contact:

Michael B. Waitzkin, JD, LLM – MA Director of Graduate Studies michael.waitzkin@duke.edu (202) 528-1684 or

Margaret Humphreys, MD PhD - Study Program Director for the Humanities Track, meh@duke.edu, (919) 684-2285

Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)

Director: Kathryn M. Andolsek, M.D., MPH
The Epidemiology and Public Health Study Program is designed for students pursuing third year opportunities in public health through obtaining a Master of Public Health degree

It combines formal course work in epidemiology and population health, allowing students an opportunity to participate in the research design and/or analysis of a research study. Participants will practice skills related to research design, statistical analyses, assessment, health policy, and comparative effectiveness so that they can be effective contributors to improve the system of health care. The focus may be on improved health of the patient or a discrete population but should be transferable to local, state, national and/or global health issues. Each student selects a Duke Faculty mentor in consultation with the study track director.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in the School of Medicine, after satisfactory completion of the first two years of the regular curriculum, may seek a Master of Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (or an alternate accredited school of public health).  

Required Research:  Each student will have the equivalent of 10-12 months’ participation in research. Students should identify a mentor, and research topic by Spring of the year in which they begin their third year. Ideally, Duke IRB approval is obtained at the same time recognizing that IRB approval is usually necessary through both Duke and other pertinent institutions. Coursework continuously informs their research project. Each student will be required to produce an in-depth thesis analyzing an area of epidemiology, health service research, finance, health systems, or health policy. This research activity extends throughout the year, culminating with the acceptance of the completed thesis, grant or manuscript consistent with Duke third year requirements.  
 
This study track is for students participating in an MPH. The student must apply to the relevant MPH school (and program within the school) and to Duke School of Medicine by completing the Duke Third Year Elective Form.  
 
For students who plan to apply for an MPH at the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health: There are currently 5 “pre-approved" MPH programs at the School of Public Health. These include Epidemiology; Health Care and Prevention; Health Policy, Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition.  The amount of tuition will depend on whether a student is determined to meet UNC’s “in state for tuition purposes” criteria and applies accordingly.  Interested students should do what they can to maximize their ability to meet these criteria as soon as they believe they have an interest.   This determination is made semester by semester. For details see:  http://gradschool.unc.edu/student/residency.  
 
Students interested in another study track at the School of Public at UNC, or an MPH at another University, must work with Dr. Andolsek to petition the Duke third year committee for "acceptance."  Students complete all requirements for the MPH degree during one-two academic years as part of fulfilling their third year requirement.  If interested, they can extend their research for an additional year.   At the end of the students’ third year, they are required to submit a quantitative thesis/manuscript/grant application and present their findings orally at a suitable venue to satisfy Duke’s third year requirements, in addition to the requirements of their masters.  Upon receipt of the MPH degree and completion of a quantitative thesis, students are awarded a full year of basic science credit toward the MD degree. Students should consult the UNC School of Public Health for information on eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, and course requirements of the degree.  Most students are successful in obtaining this degree but it takes a great deal of organization, coordination, and proactive effort. Students may also work within the field of public health (but without pursuing a second degree) through the Clinical Research Study Track, headed by Vivian Chu, MD, MPH, in Global Health, with Dennis Clements, MD, PhD or in an area of qualitative research through the Humanities study tract, headed by Margaret Humphreys, PhD. In addition, students may propose an individually tailored Study Away option.  Students interested in the MPH may want to compare and contrast this opportunity with Masters of Public Policy or Masters of Business Administration (Study track director, David Edelman, MD)   Review and approval is on individual basis is made by the Third Year Committee. Placement at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park are options. Faculty from a number of study programs provides supervision of students in the study away programs.
 
Other options:
Some students elect another dual degree (e.g. MBA, MPP, JD, Masters Psychology, MMCi) or full time clinical research. For students interested in public health but not wishing to commit their entire third year: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has launched a project known as OpenCourseWare, which provides free online access to some of the school's most popular courses. Courses are not offered for credit and do not count toward a degree or certificate. Johns Hopkins also offers a part time online option that is completed over 2-3 years: http://www.jhsph.edu/academics/degree-programs/master-of-public-health/p...