Dual Degree Programs

PLDP Class of 2016: (front, L-R) Jasmin Scott-Hawkins, M.D., M.P.H., Nicole Craker M.D., M.P.H., (middle) Michael Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., (back, L-R) Rebecca Beesley M.D., M.P.H, John B. Shearer, M.D., M.B.A.

Make a Difference in the World with a Dual Degree

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 shaping academic medicine and exploring the frontiers of biomedical research. Tomorrow's leaders are likely to need more than one advanced degree to make a major impact in such an environment. Wright State offers three different dual-degree programs for those students who want to become the leaders of tomorrow.

A unique leadership program

Dual-degree Programs

Are you interested in the future of health systems, health economics and population-based health care? Do you possess good leadership, academic and analytic skills? If so, you may be a candidate for the Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP).

The five-year program offers two tracks, one conferring a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) the other conferring a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), while completing medical school. It also provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in a longitudinal clinical experience of their choice during their graduate year that integrates medical and graduate experiences and provides opportunities for community-based research and projects.

Additionally, PLDP students attend leadership-themed electives and special programs that build leadership skills and introduce them to experts in the field. This dual-degree training has had a significant impact on graduates’ acceptance into residencies of their choice at many prestigious programs around the United States.

Medical students apply and are accepted into the PLDP during the fall of their first year. No previous public health or business experience or education is required. For more information about the program, see: PLDP Overview.

Conduct groundbreaking medical research

Do you have a passion for treating patients as a physician, but also a strong desire to discover the causes and potential cures for a particular disease? Maybe you've always dreamed of conducting cutting edge research that really makes a difference in people's lives or of teaching at a top-rated medical school. If so, you may wish to pursue a biomedical sciences doctorate at the same time you are earning your medical degree.

Wright State offers an M.D./Ph.D. dual-degree program that reflects the strong interrelatedness of scientific disciplines in medical research today, encompassing areas of clinical, biological, physical and computational sciences. The M.D./Ph.D. dual career is challenging and rewarding, offering you the opportunity to do good for many people by advancing knowledge, developing new treatments for diseases and pushing back the boundaries of the unknown.

During the first two years of Wright State's program, students complete the pre-clinical portion of the medical school curriculum as well as two research rotations. The next three years are focused primarily on conducting original research and defending your dissertation. Then come the final two clinical years of medical school and the awarding of both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

Recent studies have shown that the M.D./Ph.D. physician-scientist is more successful in developing research programs that win national funding than the scientist with only a Ph.D. or an M.D., attesting to the quality of students pursuing a dual degree and the training that students receive in such a program. Top students accepted into Wright State's M.D./Ph.D. program will be offered some combination of stipend and tuition remission during their Ph.D. years above and beyond any scholarships they receive for medical school. To learn more, contact Mill Miller, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, at director.bms@wright.edu.

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Last edited on 07/27/2017.