University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy



MD/MPP Concurrent Degree Program


MD/MPP Concurrent Degree Program

The goal of the UC Riverside Doctor of Medicine (MD)-Master of Public Policy (MPP) concurrent degree program is to develop physician leaders who will continue their careers in helping to mold the changing landscape of healthcare policy in the United States.

Areas that students from our program can work in include, but are not limited to:

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    • federal/state healthcare policy
    • medical leadership
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  • advocacy, and
  • healthcare consulting.

Students interested in the concurrent degree program will have already been admitted to the School of Medicine, where an ability to perform well in medical school coursework, commitment to primary care, and communication and clinical skills are expected, and will apply separately to the School of Public Policy. Selection into the School of Public Policy will be based on interest in public policy as it relates to healthcare delivery and the desire to be involved in policy in their future medical careers.

For more information, please contact Jolene Sedita at (951) 827-2334 or jolene.sedita@ucr.edu.


Admissions Process

The selection of medical students for the School of Medicine will be the same process as the regular MD program. Students interested in the concurrent degree program will apply to the School of Public Policy during the fall of their third year in medical school. Students will apply through the regular School of Public Policy application process.

Students will submit 2 letters of recommendations and their medical school transcripts. A personal statement will be required in which the student will write about her/his interests in public policy as well as how the Master of Public Policy will shape their future career in the fields of medicine and healthcare. While the GRE is required for admission into the regular Master of Public Policy program, medical students interested in the program will only need to submit their most recent MCAT score.

Students will be notified about their admission status by the spring of their third year in medical school and will be enrolled in the School of Public Policy the following fall.

Program of Study - Common Thread

Students in the concurrent degree program will spend the first three years (two years of basic sciences coursework and a year of core clinical clerkships) at the School of Medicine. After admission into the program (i.e. acceptance by the School of Public Policy), students will spend a full academic year at the School of Public Policy. After completion of MPP coursework, students will finish their last year of medical school and apply for residency. During the 4th year of medical school (5th and final year of the concurrent degree program), students in the concurrent degree program will work on their health policy capstone project. Upon completion of the 4th year of medical school and the concurrent degree capstone project, students will be awarded two degrees: Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Policy (MPP).

Requirements for Admission

MD Requirements:

Undergraduate course requirements include the basic requirements for admission to medical school:

  • Mathematics (12 quarter units)
  • English (12 quarter units)
  • General Physics with lab (12 quarter units)
  • General Chemistry with lab including Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (24 quarter units), and
  • General Biology with lab (12 quarter units).

Recommended courses include Biochemistry, Spanish, Computer skills, and Humanities courses. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are required, but can be used for admission to both the MD and MPP programs.

Time to Degree Overview

MPP GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: 72 units

MD-MPP GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: 72 units

  • 11 core courses: 44 units
    • The Policy Process (4 courses)
      • Introduction to policy analysis
      • Policy institutions and processes
      • Regional policy-making across administrative jurisdictions
      • State governments as laboratories of change
    • Institutional Context (3 courses)
      • Environmental and social policies: interactions, synergies, and unintended consequences
      • Ethics, professionalism, and the normative bases of public policies
      • Global-local policy connections: Case studies in poverty, water, and sustainable development
    • Policy Methods (4 courses)
      • Quantitative methods for public policy analysis
      • Qualitative social science methods
      Applied microeconomics for public policyPublic management and leadership
  • 5 elective or concentration courses: 20 units
  • Two-quarter capstone project: 8 units
  • 9 core courses: 36 units
    • The Policy Process (4 courses)
      • Introduction to policy analysis
      • Policy institutions and processes
      • Regional policy-making across administrative jurisdictions
      • State governments as laboratories of change
    • Institutional Context (1 course)
      • Environmental and social policies: interactions, synergies, and unintended consequences
    • Policy Methods (4 courses)
      • Quantitative methods for public policy analysis
      • Qualitative social science methods
      • Applied microeconomics for public policy
      • Public management and leadership
  • 3 elective or concentration courses: 12 units
  • Two-quarter capstone project: 8 units
  • Concurrent MD-MPP units: 16 units
    • Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE) for 3 years (PBPL 290 – 8 units)
    • Public health series core curriculum (PBPL 297 – 8 units

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

School of Public Policy
Anil B. Deolalikar
Founding Dean
Professor of Economics

Student Affairs
Tel: (951) 827-2334
E-mail: jolene.sedita@ucr.edu

Dean’s Office
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South
Tel: (951) 827-5564
E-mail: spp-dean@ucr.edu

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