Graduate Opportunities & Dual Degree Programs


We at the UCSD School of Medicine are dedicated to producing future leaders in all areas of medicine. As such, the School promotes the pursuit of dual degrees, either in the Medical School's own graduate degree programs or programs offered in other disciplines in the institution. The goal of this additional training is to produce graduates who will bring fresh, innovative ideas to the research laboratory, the public health sector, the humanities and the social sciences, and the business environment.

Students may elect to obtain advanced degrees in the following areas

  • Masters in Public Health: The School of Medicine offers a combined M.D./M.P.H. for its students who wish to have additional training in, or pursue a career in public health or population study/epidemiology.
  • Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research External Site / New Window: This innovative program is available for individuals interested in the design and execution of clinical trials, leading to a combined M.D./MAS with one additional year of training.                       
  • Biomedical science  Ph.D. programs: Medical students may also opt to pursue advanced training leading to a M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences, neurosciences, or in any of the UCSD general campus science or engineering programs. These programs are individually developed for medical students on a case-by-case basis, and those interested should request additional information from appropriate departments and faculty.  More information regarding biomedical sciences is available at: External Site / New Window.  Addiitonal information about neuroscience can be found at: External Site / New Window.

Opportunities for enrollment in research or degree programs outside of UCSD are also available, and students are encouraged to investigate these, if interested.

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