Dual Degree Programs – MD/MBA and MD/MPH

Overview

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced unexpected time away from the clinical environment for learners, this time allows for a new learning opportunity for Phase 2 and Phase 3 medical students. Indiana University School of Medicine is partnering with Kelley School of Business and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health to offer one-year dual degree programs. The MD/MBA and MD/MPH programs have been designed specifically for rising third and fourth year medical students who want to broaden their career perspectives at this unique time.

For more information on these programs, watch the April 7 Dual Degrees Info Session Webinar.


MD/MBA

Benefits

  • The MD/MBA emphasizes business skills intended to broaden your career perspectives as an emerging physician leader.
  • The need for physician leaders is clear at this challenging time in history. Supply chain logistics, crisis management, strategy, managing people in organizations, innovation and disruptive technology–business skills like these will be more critical to the next generation of physicians than ever before.
  • The MD/MBA opens doors for physicians interested in executive management positions, venture capital opportunities and consulting.
  • A Kelley MBA gives you a new level of confidence. It gives you the knowledge, skills and experience to translate your MBA to any healthcare role–not just one rooted in clinical care.
  • Name recognition: Kelley is a world-class business school. The Evening MBA is the top-ranked part-time MBA in the state, and No. 9 in the US. You’ll earn a well-respected degree that can set you apart during residency matching and make you more competitive.
  • Kelley curriculum blurs the line between classroom and workplace. Our hands-on projects will have you working with businesses in central Indiana.
  • Recognized faculty are known for keen business acumen, highly engaged teaching and cutting-edge industry research.

Testimonials

Because of my Kelley MBA, I can sit confidently at a table with board members and know that I deserve a seat here. It’s intimidating to go from being a first-year resident to suddenly being in charge of a team. I’ve seen doctors struggle with that. My MBA experience helped me to appreciate what it’s like to work on a team and to be an effective leader. It’s one way I continue to apply my MBA to my medical career.”

Ragan Brackett, MD, MBA’16

Read and watch more about Ragan’s dual degree story here.

I pursued the Kelley MBA to fully understand how the healthcare system operates and also to position myself for healthcare administration at some point. Being in that space allows you to affect positive change for patients on a larger scale.”

Jose Mitjavila, MD, MBA’19

Read Jose’s dual degree story here.

Requirements and Timeline

Core Curriculum

Build skills in five core areas: operations, business analytics, accounting, finance and marketing. This prepares you to think about and approach problems differently, translating to quality patient care and better healthcare outcomes.

Timeline and Structure
  • June 1, 2020-May 20, 2021
    • Once health restrictions are lifted, this will require you to be in Indianapolis 1-2 evenings weekly for in-person classes. Evening classes: 6-8:40 pm
    • Estimate 1-2 classes on campus AND 1-2 classes online per week
    • Cohort structure focuses on groups of qualified peers taking courses together–designed to stimulate critical thinking in a diverse, collaborative learning environment
    • 4 quarters (summer, fall, winter, spring)
  • Return to IU School of Medicine Phase 2 or Phase 3 in May 2021
Cost and Financial Information
  • Indiana residents
    • Estimated $32,403 program grand total for tuition, university fees, books and class fees
  • Non-residents
    • 42 credit hours
    • Transfer credits: 9 credit hours taken at IU School of Medicine for the Business of Medicine scholarly concentration count toward MBA
    • $48,081 total tuition (33 billed credit hours at $1,457/credit hour)
    • Estimated $52,269 program grand total for tuition, university fees, books and class fees
  • Tuition & fees due quarterly, and payment plans are available
  • Eligible for 529 College Choice Savings Plan
  • Tax break for tuition, fees and book expenses
  • For questions about financial aid, contact Jose Espada, IU School of Medicine Director of Financial Aid, at jespada@iu.edu or (317) 274-1967

How to Apply

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
  • Kelley is providing an expedited admissions process for 2020-2021 applicants only.
  • To apply, you must be in good academic standing at Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Complete the online application for the Evening MBA.
  • Be prepared to enter: demographic and contact information, undergraduate institution(s) attended, and current and undergraduate GPA
    • Email Kelley School of Business at mbaindy@iupui.edu and let them know you’re applying for the 2020-21 one-year MD/MBA.
    • You will receive:
      • A voucher code to waive the application fee
      • Instructions for bypassing the letters of recommendation, transcripts, and GMAT/GRE requirements
    • Attach a resume
    • Attach a brief (500-word) essay explaining why you want to pursue the Evening MBA, including how you hope it will assist you in your future career.
    • When asked in the last section of the online application, indicate that you are applying for the MD/MBA dual degree.
  • Kelley staff will contact you with an admissions decision as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, May 8, 2020.

Questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact: Becky Schlomann, Assistant Director for Recruiting and Admissions, Evening MBA program, Kelley School of Business, at bschloma@iu.edu or (317)274-8603.

For questions about financial aid, contact: Jose Espada, IU School of Medicine Director of Financial Aid, jespada@iu.edu or (317) 274-1967.

For questions about IU School of Medicine enrollment during dual degree, contact Marti Reeser, Assistant Dean, at dreeser@iu.edu or Abby Klemsz, Assistant Dean, at aklemsz@iu.edu.


MD/MPH

Benefits

Many graduates of our programs divide their careers between direct medical care to individuals and public health practice in their communities. With a Master of Public Health (MPH), you not only are qualified for this type of interesting and meaningful work, but you are prepared to provide comprehensive care to a community, and you make yourself more marketable for a wide variety of careers, including global health, hospital leadership, health policy, non-profit management, environmental health, refugee and immigrant health, and health research and teaching. 

Testimonials

“I wanted to learn about health as a comprehensive system…that’s something which the MD-MPH dual degree is uniquely suited to teach. Not only does the program teach you clinical competence, but it also teaches a comprehensive population view of health. The real-life examples offered by the professors bring to life the concepts being discussed theoretically in class. I would recommend the MD-MPH dual degree to anyone who wants to expand their view of health with a complementary discipline to traditional medical school curriculum.”

Chris Bosma

MD-MPH student

“I am pursuing the MD-MPH dual degree because I am passionate about bridging the gap between public health issues and patient-centered clinical practice. I know this program will help me in the future, both in clinical practice and in expanding my career into other domains, such as research or policy, allowing me to make a positive impact on many peoples’ lives. I have found it easy to get individual attention from advisors and professors, who have gone out of their way to help me succeed. I would recommend the MD-MPH dual degree program to medical students because it is an awesome way to gain a new perspective on medicine”

Hanna Webb

MD-MPH student

Requirements and Timeline

Core Curriculum

Curriculum options cover key public health topics including infectious disease epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion and disease prevention, health policy and management, and environmental health sciences. Prepare for a wide variety of career options. For in-depth information, visit the program website.

Timeline and Structure
  • May 12, 2020 – May 7, 2021
    • Return to IU School of Medicine Phase 2 or 3 in May 2021
    • Online or onsite coursework–you choose!
  • Priority application deadline: Monday, April 13, 2020
  • Scholarly concentration credit counts, saving time and money
Cost and Financial Information

Costs will vary depending on how many credits students take each term, how many electives they transfer in, whether they’re from one of the nine MSEP states, etc. Students can use this information to estimate costs, based on how they proceed.

  • Indiana residents
    • 45 credit hours taken in Summer, Fall and Spring terms
    • Transfer credit: Up to 9 credit hours from IU School of Medicine for the Public Health scholarly concentration and other electives can count toward the MPH, reducing the total number of credits to 36.
    • $19,300 estimated tuition based on 2019-2020 rates (36 billed credit hours at $536/credit hour)
    • Books: estimated $500 – $1,000 per term
    • Fees:
      • IU Repair & Rehab Fee = $14.86 per credit
      • IU General and Technology Fees = $396.36 per term
      • IU Distance Education Fee = $30 per credit
      • Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam Fee = $250 (one-time fee)
  • MPH Non-residents–Non-resident tuition is reduced for students from MSEP states!
    • 45 credit hours taken in Summer, Fall and Spring terms
    • Transfer credit: Up to 9 credit hours from IU School of Medicine for the Public Health scholarly concentration and other electives can count toward the MPH, reducing the total number of credits to 36.
    • $46,800 estimated tuition based on 2019-2020 rates (36 billed credit hours at $1,300/credit hour–reduced to $804 per credit hour for residents of MSEP states)
    • Books: estimated $500 – $1,000 per term
    • Fees:
      • IU Repair & Rehab Fee = $14.86 per credit
      • IU General and Technology Fees = $396.36 per term
      • IU Distance Education Fee = $30 per credit
      • Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam Fee = $250 (one-time fee)
  • For questions about financial aid, contact Jose Espada, IU School of Medicine Director of Financial Aid, at jespada@iu.edu or (317) 274-1967

How to Apply

Application deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020
  • After April 13: Contact Carole Kacius at kacius@iu.edu. Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2020.

3 easy steps:

  1. Complete the free Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application.
  2. Complete and submit Form A to allow the Fairbanks School of Public Health to receive copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts, MCAT scores, and three letters of recommendation from the IU School of Medicine admissions office. 
  3. Admitted students will be able to complete and submit the Scholarship Application to apply for limited funds to offset some of the cost of public health coursework.

Questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact: Carole Kacius, Associate Dean for Education and Training, Fairbanks School of Public Health, at kacius@iu.edu.

For questions about financial aid, contact: Jose Espada, IU School of Medicine Director of Financial Aid, jespada@iu.eduor or 317-274-1967.

For questions about IU School of Medicine enrollment during dual degree, contact Marti Reeser, Assistant Dean, at dreeser@iu.eduor, or Abby Klemsz, Assistant Dean, at aklemsz@iu.edu.


FAQs

Should students getting ready to start Phase 2 take Transitions 2 and other requirements now since we won’t be accepted to a dual degree yet?

Yes, students should continue with early Phase 2 or Phase 3 requirements. You may be asked to “audit” or refresh next spring when re-starting. Please contact Assistant Dean for Health Professions and Pre-Doctoral Programs Marti Reeser or Assistant Dean for Academic Advising Abby Klemsz with questions about coordinating a dual degree with your MD curriculum.

Are there any scholarships available?

The Fairbanks School of Public Health has some scholarships accepted students can apply for to help offset public health coursework. The Kelley School of Business does not have any scholarships. However, the MD/MBA is offered at a significant discount than if you took the MBA after completing medical school.

Is there financial aid for these programs?

These programs are eligible for financial aid. Contact IU School of Medicine Director of Financial Aid Jose Espada (jespada@iu.edu or 317-274-1967) for more information.

Can Phase 1 students take one of these dual degrees?

No, these special 12-month programs are only for rising Phase 2 and Phase 3 students whose clinical training is impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.