Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Joint Programs

Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Brown's Joint MD/MPA Degree

Brown University, the Warren Alpert Medical School, and the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) at the Watson Institute have developed a joint degree program aimed at creating the next generation of leaders in medicine and health care policy.  

The MD/MPA program is a joint, integrated, four-year program in which select students receive both a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA). This is the first integrated program of its kind in the U.S., where students are able to complete their degree program in four years and take courses taught by both medical school and public policy faculty. Students earn an MPA without adding another year to their MD studies. 

Goals of the program include:

  • Learning how to analyze the intersections of medicine and public policy
  • Preparing to take leadership positions in government, both nationally and internationally, research centers, or health care delivery organizations
  • Gaining the knowledge, skills, and content expertise necessary to lead health care policy change in a rapidly evolving health care system.

Candidates for the program apply through the Warren Alpert Medical School. For more information about the curriculum and admissions process, see the Alpert Medical School site.

Brown's Joint MPH/MPA Degree

Brown's School of Public Health and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Public Affairs (MPA) joint degree program. This rigorous and innovative program offers highly qualified applicants the opportunity to gain training in public health and public policy to prepare them to address the critical health policy issues in the U.S. and throughout the world. The program begins with MPA orientation and summer session courses early in June.

The joint-degree degree program includes:

  • 21 courses (13 full-credit courses and 8 half-credit courses)
  • MPH internship
  • MPA Global Policy Experience
  • Master's-level thesis

Students benefit from the rich academic resources at the Watson Institute and the School of Public Health, as well as their extensive applied learning programs in Rhode Island, as well as throughout the U.S. and the world. The program can be completed in two years, though students can extend the program over a longer period of time. All degree requirements must be met within a five-year period.

Application details and degree requirements are detailed on this page on the School of Public Health website.