Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are the same as those of the General Track which provides maximal flexibility to develop an individualized program. Graduates of the Global Health MPH program will be able to approach global health issues with a solid grounding in basic public health disciplines. They will have practical experience, be skilled in applied research, and have an understanding of the sociopolitical matrix of health determinants of low and middle income countries (LMICs).

Admission Requirements

Competitive applicants will have some health-related work, research, or volunteer experience in an LMIC and plan to integrate global health research or practice into their medical career. Applicants who already possess a MD or are medical students at a school other than the UW should apply to the General track.

Eligible applicants to the Concurrent MD/MPH track include:

  • University of Washington medical students who are currently enrolled at a WWAMI site, are enrolled in or planning to enroll in the Global Health Pathway, and are in good academic standing, or
  • Applicants who have received an offer of admission to the UW School of Medicine (SOM). Applicants will receive notification of acceptance to the MD/MPH before the deadline to accept the SOM admissions offer. 

Application Instructions

Students currently in their 1st , 2nd, or 3rd year at the School of Medicine should submit one PDF file that includes the required documents in the order listed below to Please be sure to include your name at the top of each document.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal History Statement
  • Funding & Year in Medical School 
  • Updated CV (optional)*
  • Additional Letter of Recommendation (optional)**

All other required materials will be forwarded by the SOM to the Department of Global Health. NOTE: When submitting your application materials please include in your e-mail the names of two recommenders from your AMCAS application whose letters you would like us to use for your MPH application. If you decide not to submit the optional additional letter of recommendation then please include the names of three recommenders.

*It is recommended that students submit an updated CV if they have obtained additional experience since applying to medical school.

**It is also advisable to submit at least one new letter of recommendation from someone who can speak about any global public health experience a student may have. The recommendation letter can be sent from the person writing the recommendation directly to the Global Health MD/MPH Program at

Detailed information on the application documents 

  • Resume/CV (no more than 3 pages)
  • Statement of Purpose (maximum two pages in length)
    • Please tell us what your long-term career objectives are and how training in global health at the University of Washington will contribute to your career development.
    • Describe your academic and professional background and the central skills, knowledge, and experience you will bring to the program. Include your work experience in health, public health or related fields, particularly any experience gained in a low- or middle-income country or other low-resource setting. 
  • Personal History Statement (maximum one page)
    • The University of Washington Graduate School is committed to enhancing the intellectual and social enrichment of the University community and to preparing our graduate students to become leaders, innovators and responsible community, state, and global citizens. The University actively seeks and welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. In this section provide a statement describing how experiences within your personal history (family, educational, cultural, and economic background) have influenced your intellectual development, interests, career plans, and goals. Please note that this is not an academic “Statement of Purpose,” but rather an opportunity to reflect on your intellectual growth and development, both inclusive of and beyond your academic goals. Responses should be no more than two pages in length.
  • Funding and Year in Medical School
    • If you have applied for or received a fellowship, scholarship, or funding of any kind which you will be using to help fund your MPH, please indicate the funding program name, program director or contact person if any, and your current status with the program.
    • Please indicate what year you are currently in at the SOM.

Program Timeline

Students in this track complete one full year (three academic quarters) of MPH-only coursework after the second or third year of medical school. International work occurs in summers, between rotations, in specialized rotations, or by taking time off. Due to the necessity of meshing MPH and medical school curricula, MD/MPH students work closely with their academic advisers to ensure completion of all requirements.

* Practicum requirement can be fulfilled by the Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP) or by a Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) experience that incorporates cross-cultural learning.

† Ideally, students will complete their thesis before MS Year 4, although many students need some time in this year to complete their write-up and prepare for the oral presentation.

MD/MPH Contact Information:

Susan Graham, MD/MPH Track Director (for academic oversight and faculty advising for admitted students), MPH Staff Advisor (for questions on MPH eligibility and admissions), Global Health Pathway (for questions about the School of Medicine Global Health Pathway)