Physician Leadership Development Program

PLDP Overview

Students Say...

photo of katie takayasuAs my education in medical school became more clinical, I began to see the commonalities among my two degrees and how integrated the topics in medicine and business really are.

— Katie Takayasu ('09)
M.D./M.B.A. Program

photo of chad garven

Public health needs medicine and vice versa, and there is no better way to show that than in this program. Having this second degree in the medical field makes you a leader in the community.

— Chad Garven ('12)
M.D./M.P.H. Program

Our country needs more highly educated and motivated physician-leaders to address challenges in a variety of settings, from developing public health policies and managing massive hospital networks, to addressing global health concerns and shaping academic medicine. Tomorrow's leaders are likely to need more than one advanced degree to make a major impact in such an environment. The Physician Leadership Development Program provides a dual-degree program for those students who want to become the leaders of tomorrow.

The Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) offers medical students an innovative program through which they can obtain a master’s degree (M.B.A. or M.P.H.) while pursuing their medical degree over five years. The PLDP program provides a unique opportunity to integrate medical and graduate studies through a longitudinal clinical experience that all students take during their graduate term. Additionally, PLDP students attend leadership-themed electives and special programs that build leadership skills and introduce them to experts in the field. All PLDP students participate in the PLDP Council.


As students in the Physician Leadership Development Program pursuing integrated degrees in Medicine, Public Health, and Business Administration, we envision an educational community of global citizens devoted to leadership development, community building, advocacy, and innovation.


To develop advocates for leadership in medicine, health systems, and population health through education, communication, collaboration, and experience.

Admission to the Physician Leadership Development Program

Medical students admitted to the Boonshoft School of Medicine are eligible to apply to the PLDP.  Please click on M.D./M.B.A Degree Program or M.D./M.P.H. Program at right for admissions criteria and application instructions.


View the PLDP Brochure (PDF)



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Last edited on 02/26/2015.