Concurrent Degree

Description: Information about concurrent degree options for students enrolled in the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program.
Keywords: Charles R. Drew/UCLA, CDU/UCLA, CDU MEP, CDU Medical Education Program, CDU MEP Concurrent Degrees, CDU medical school, medical education program, MD/MPH, MD/MPP, MD/MBA, Drew PRIME, CDU PRIME, DGSOM Partner Program, urban underserved, Los Angeles medical school, HBCU medical school

MD/PhD (Medical Scientist Training Program)
Student enrolled in the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program have the opportunity to apply for the UCLA-CalTech Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). This program, in conjunction with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), is designed for the education and training of exceptionally qualified individuals for careers in biomedical science. MSTP requires an average of eight years of study leading to both the MD and PhD degrees. The program seeks to provide an optimum environment for education and research, utilizing the individual talents of participating faculty and students, leading to a greater understanding of basic biology and of the causes and treatment of human disease. MSTP encourages independent thinking, creativity, self-motivated lifelong learning, personal responsibility and service.

MD/MPH
The concurrent MD/MPH degree allows students to participate in a combined five-year curriculum that is comprised of formal training in both the medical and public health schools. Enrolled students complete the first three years of the MD curriculum. During Year 3, students may apply to the articulated MPH program within the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.  Students accepted into the program spend the majority of their fourth year in the School of Public Health completing public health core and elective classes. During the fifth year, students participate in medical sub-internships, public health and integrated coursework. Students enrolled in the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program gain acceptance and enroll in one of UCLA's Concurrent Degree Programs but are welcome to pursue a Master’s Degree at another site

MD/MBA
The MD/MBA program allows students to participate in a combined five-year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Medicine and the Master of Business Administration degrees. With the administrative and business demands of today’s healthcare system, medical students should be given the opportunity to be trained in the issues that underlie this transformation in healthcare.  The first three years of the combined program are spent in the Medical Education Program. During the summer after the first year, students normally take the GMAT examination and, in year three, apply to the UCLA Anderson School of Management for the MD/MBA program. Students accepted into the program spend the majority of their fourth year in the UCLA Anderson School of Management completing core classes. During the fifth year, students participate in medical sub-internships, business and integrated coursework.