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Dual Degree Programs

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) offers programs leading to dual degrees. Each program is arranged between the medical school and the related degree-granting school, thereby introducing scheduling efficiencies. The curricula of the dual degree programs are not integrated; rather, students in dual degree programs will complete all curricular requirements of each program. Tuition is paid for the courses leading to each degree. Upon successful completion of each component of the program, the student will receive the degree specific to that component: MD, PhD, MPH, MBA or MA. Single MD/PhD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA, and MD/MA degrees are not awarded.

MD/PhD Program


The MD/PhD Program provides the opportunity to gain expertise in clinical medicine and become broadly trained in basic science research at an institution noted for excellence in teaching and research. The comprehensive seven/eight-year program attracts bright, highly motivated students considering a research career in academic medicine.

  • 2 Years: 1st and 2nd years of the Medical School curriculum
  • 3 or 4 Years: Original research project and PhD course completion under the guidance of a preceptor
  • 2 Years: 3rd and 4th years of the Medical School curriculum

Establishing a solid research foundation, the first two years of the program include four laboratory rotations.  In subsequent years, students concentrate on one of five areas within the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program for their doctoral research:

  • Cancer Biology and Genetics
  • Infectious Disease and Immunity
  • Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Organ Systems and Translational Medicine

Within these five broad fields, MD/PhD candidates have the opportunity to work closely in the School of Medicine’s world-class, disease-based research centers with their advisors and faculty—all of whom are premier researchers in their respective fields. Such in-depth involvement with cutting-edge research is one of the key reasons that the MD/PhD Program is an exceptional way to jumpstart a career in academic medicine.

MD/MA in Urban Bioethics Program


The MD/MA in Urban Bioethics Program addresses today’s extreme inequalities of health and access to critical resources—inequalities that leave many urban dwellers and communities distinctly disadvantaged, disenfranchised and vulnerable. Offered through Temple’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health & Policy, the program trains students in the ethics and values of health, healthcare delivery, and health law and policy that underlie such complex urban disparities. Graduates possess the practical skills, theoretical orientation and resources required to maximize care and to be innovators in research, care delivery, and policy and advocacy work—all plusses considering the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Students will complete the requirements for the MA concurrent with the medical school courses with no additional time necessary to complete the MA coursework.

MD/MPH (Master of Public Health)


A joint program between Temple’s School of Medicine and College of Public Health, the MD/MPH enables students to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) while completing the MD program. The MD/MPH enhances medical careers by enabling physicians to better understand and address the social, behavioral and environmental factors that influence the health and health practices of their patients.

The MD/MPH offers five concentrations:

  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Applied Biostatistics
  • Health Policy and Management

In the five-year MD/MPH program, medical students begin the MPH curriculum part-time during the first year of medical school and complete the program with one year of full-time MPH coursework between the second and third years of medical school.

MD/MBA (Master of Business Administration)


Offered by the School of Medicine and Temple University’s highly ranked Fox School of Business, this dual-degree program allows students to enroll in online business courses any time during medical school. No additional time is necessary to complete the MBA coursework.  The expedited MBA application process includes a GMAT waiver and tuition scholarships.

The Online MBA program begins with a five-day orientation residency—during which students complete their Leadership Development course and engage in networking, professional development, technology training and team-building activities. To earn the MBA, students need to complete 36 credits of MBA coursework since 12 elective credits are awarded toward the MBA upon successful completion of the Doctoring 1 and 2 medical courses.

While all content in the four-week online courses is available 24/7 in a mobile-friendly format, Fox Online MBA students have the opportunity to dive deeper into business topics by attending live Thursday evening classes conveniently held through WebEx. Finally, an integrative capstone experience allows students to demonstrate, in a real-world setting, that they have mastered the knowledge and skills that both the Fox MBA and today’s healthcare business environment require.