The School of Medicine currently has four formal joint or dual degree programs, the Medical Scientist Training Program, Masters of Public Health, Masters of Science in Bioengineering and the Masters in Business Administration program.
The MSTP program offers a combined MD/PhD degree and is a rigorous multi-year program in which students complete the basic science curriculum and then enters the graduate school to complete basic science research leading to a doctoral thesis before returning to complete the clinical curriculum.
The MD/MPH program is a joint degree program in which students generally take MPH coursework for 3 semesters between Phase III and Phase IV. Students can select a concentration in Applied Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health, Community Health Education, Environmental and Epidemiology, Health Systems, Management and Policy, or Generalist.
The MD/MS in Bioengineering program enables current MD candidates to complete MS requirements in bioengineering. A motivated student can complete these requirements in three semesters, usually taking a year off between Phases III & IV (May to May). Additional time may be required depending on the student’s course choices and research project. All students will be evaluated in a final oral defense examination that includes an open research seminar.
The School of Medicine, working with the University of Colorado Denver’s downtown campus, also provides the opportunity for students to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in one calendar year. Students enter this program after completing Phases I, II and III. Students must apply to the MBA program separately; however the program will waive the requirement for the GMAT and use the student’s MCAT scores. This program provides an excellent opportunity for medical students who wish to understand the business of medicine and to develop the skills necessary to work in health care administration.