Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Join MD/MPA Degree

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.