Make a Difference in the World with a Dual Degree

Students Say...

Katherine Wehri 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

Chad GarvenPublic 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 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, integrated leadership program

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. Two tracks are offered, one conferring a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), the other conferring a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). These two tracks are integrated with the School of Medicine (M.D.) curriculum, and also interact with each other during the five-year program.

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. Unlike other dual-degree programs that have a dedicated “year out,” the PLDP integrates 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.

Application to the program involves a separate process from applying to medical school, so if you're interested, let us hear from you right away. For more information about the Boonshoft Physician Leadership Development Program, please contact Carla Lachecki, program coordinator, at or (937) 258-5554, or visit Physician Leadership Development Program.

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. Students accepted into Wright State's M.D./Ph.D. program will be offered some combination of stipend and tuition remission above and beyond any scholarships they receive for medical school. To learn more, contact Gerald M. Alter, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, at

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