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MD Plus Program Overview

The increasing complexities of health care delivery put a premium on professionals who understand and meet the demands required to deliver innovative, collaborative, and compassionate care. The MD Plus Program is committed to providing students the skills needed to take leadership roles in the healthcare industries. With multiple courses of study, the program is designed to meet students' varied interests. Through the MD Plus Program, students have the ability to acquire skills needed to:

  • excel in areas of healthcare entrepreneurship,
  • develop new therapy paradigms and pharmaceuticals,
  • manage healthcare teams and organizations,
  • become key advisors in healthcare policy for government and private organizations and/or
  • develop pioneering teaching methods leading the future of clinical care.

The MD Plus Program is a new pathway for students who are interested in enhancing options in their medical careers. The program is an integrated five-year course of study in which students can pursue a:

  • Master of Science (MS) in Medical Science through the College of Medicine
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) through the Mays Business School
  • Master of Science (MS) in Education for Healthcare Professionals through the College of Medicine
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) through the School of Public Health

Master of Business Administration

The MBA program is available through Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. Their nationally-ranked MBA program will prepare students to tackle the managerial, financial and leadership aspects of the medical field.

The MBA curriculum is designed to develop the knowledge and expertise students need to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and rapidly changing medical field. The skills acquired are easily applied in a hospital or clinical setting. In addition to being able to complete the MBA in a shorter amount of time than the traditional route, students who have pursued the MD/MBA option tend to be looked upon more favorably by medical residency programs.

Students are given a number of opportunities to apply their knowledge through a number of unique learning experiences such as the capstone consulting project, case competitions, the MBA Venture Challenge, and Disaster City - a one-of-a-kind crisis management exercise staged at a world-renowned training complex.

For the MBA degree, students will complete 49 credit hours. Candidates for the combined degree will also complete a 10 to 12 week health-related business capstone consulting project.

Master of Public Health

Students that complete a Master of Public Health (MPH) gain knowledge on the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals. The MPH's emphasis on health at the population level adds an important dimension of insight and understanding of the dynamics of health and wellness to the practice of medicine. These students are more competitive for residency programs in the future and are more prepared to enter careers in preventive medicine.

For the MPH degree, students complete 45 hours of course work over three semesters (summer, fall, and spring) with the School of Public Health (SPH). The degree culminates with a practicum experience in the next summer semester.

Candidates for the combined degree must satisfy a number of prerequisites and are also required to complete a practicum as an elective credit for the College of Medicine and required credit for SPH in year four of medical school.

The degree offered in conjunction with the Texas A&M School of Public Health offers a choice of concentrations:

MS in Medical Science

The MS in Medical Science degree is available through the Clinical & Translational Science (CTS) track of the College of Medicine graduate program. The overall educational goal of this track is to prepare future physician scientists to bridge the interface between patient care and bench research, interact effectively with the spectrum of healthcare providers and community members, and function efficiently within large research teams. The CTS curriculum is flexible and designed to provide a strong foundation in biological sciences along with scholarly activities that will encourage team-oriented projects, enhance interdisciplinary communication, develop leadership skills, and provide the foundation for a broad understanding of scientific, medical, and regulatory issues.

Students complete 32 hours of didactic course work and research credits over four semesters (summer, fall, spring, summer) during the year prior to entering medical school. In addition to the 32 credit hours, the MS in Medical Science degree requires completion and defense of a written thesis describing the student's research project. If the project and thesis are not completed prior to entering medical school, they can be completed subsequently during medical school electives. Novel features of the CTS track include team mentoring and competency-based training that are designed to produce the next generation of physician scientists capable of accelerating the translation of scientific advances into improved patient care.

MS in Education for Healthcare Professionals (EDHP)

The MS in Education for Healthcare Professionals (EDHP) will provide the opportunity for individuals to develop the background and skills necessary to be excellent teachers in their areas of specialty and conduct research to improve and develop innovative educational programs in health professions education. Students who have an interest in academia are encouraged to apply.

The online delivery method and the interprofessional educational design make the EDHP degree unique. Graduates of the program help satisfy the need for qualified teaching faculty in medicine across the country.

For the MS in Education for Healthcare Professionals, students have the option to complete a 32 credit hour thesis or a 36 credit hour non-thesis. Although this thesis option is research intensive, all students have the opportunity to prepare for roles in curriculum design, program evaluation, instructional leadership, and educational service, and scholarship. The program includes didactic coursework, a project or thesis, and a teaching practicum.

MD Plus Dates and Deadlines

Prospective MD Plus students must be accepted into the College of Medicine MD Degree Program before applying for the MD Plus program. Prospective applicants should follow the dates and deadlines for MD admissions.

The MD Plus Application opens in October 2019 and the Application Deadline is March 1, 2020.

How to Apply

Prospective MD Plus students are considered after acceptance to the College of Medicine MD Degree Program. Students contact the MD Plus office for information on the application process. The application process varies depending on the course of study, however, the administrator will guide the student through the process to completion.

Scholarship funds to help defray the cost of study are available on a competitive basis. Classes for the MD Plus courses of study typically begin the summer semester one year prior to the beginning of medical school curriculum at the College of Medicine.

After being accepted to the College of Medicine through the MD program, interested students can email the MD Plus office for an application to the program.

The application deadline for the MD Plus program is March 2, 2020.

MD Plus Student Connection

We believe our current students can give prospective students the best overall picture of what our program can offer. If you are interested in connecting with a current MD Plus student, please fill out the following form. For any questions related to specific courses, admissions, financial aid or any other university polices, contact the MD Plus office directly at mdplus@tamhsc.edu or 979.436.0750.