The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine offers a variety of academic programs to prepare leaders and innovators in science and medicine. Below you will find information about our MD program, MD/PhD programs, interdisciplinary MD- dual degrees, and our MS in Biomedical Sciences (MS BMS).
The MD program teaches and empowers future physician leaders to care for and address the challenges of diverse and complex patients and communities. Our curriculum and co-curricular opportunities imbue learners with sharp clinical reasoning skills, cultivate innovation through scholarship & discovery, and nurture advocacy for health equity and social justice. Small class sizes allow for learners to individualize their medical school education, work closely with faculty experts, and pursue their passions in a tight-knit, inclusive, and supportive community.
The University of Chicago offers three MD/PhD programs:
- The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is an NIH-funded physician-scientist training program that pairs the MD with PhDs in the biological or physical sciences.
- The MD-PhD Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Humanities (MeSH) is an opportunity for students to pursue an MD alongside a PhD outside of the traditional biological and physical sciences, in fields as varied as economics, public policy, anthropology, or philosophy.
- The Growth, Development, and Disabilities Training Program (GDDTP) is an NIH-funded program that allows current Pritzker students to pursue a PhD in biomedical research after they have begun medical school.
Dual Degree Programs
Our location on the main University of Chicago campus provides ample opportunity for interdisciplinary study, including the following dual degree programs:
These degrees are administered separately and require two separate admissions and financial aid applications. Medical students typically enroll in the second program after completing three years of medical school. Current Pritzker School of Medicine students interested in applying for a dual degree should make an appointment with James Woodruff, MD, Dean of Students.
Armed with studies in economics, statistics, and the behavioral sciences, students with the MD/MBA dual degree are trained to become leaders in health care organizations. For just one example of the interdisciplinary opportunities available in business and medicine at the University of Chicago, read more about the Booth Healthcare Analytics Laboratory.
MD/MBA students at the University of Chicago typically complete the first three years of medical school before taking a year-long leave of absence to pursue full-time graduate work at Chicago Booth. MD/MBA students then return to the Pritzker School of Medicine to complete their final clinical year of the medical degree. During that final year of the MD degree, MD/MBA students take electives in both the Pritzker School of Medicine and Chicago Booth. Typical MD/MBA students complete both degrees in five years.
The Pritzker School of Medicine has some limited funds to support business school tuition for MD/MBA students. For additional information, please email the Financial Aid Office regarding the Steven Weiner Fellowship.
Students who pursue the MD/MBA may participate in the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP). This program allows students to earn a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy while earning a master's degree at Chicago Booth, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, or the School of Social Service Administration.
MD/MA in Public Policy
MD/MA in Public Policy students at the University of Chicago typically complete the first three years of medical school before taking a year-long leave of absence to pursue full-time graduate work at the Harris School of Public Policy. MD/MA students then return to the Pritzker School of Medicine to complete their final clinical year of the medical degree. During their final year in medical school, students may take additional electives at the policy school. Typical MD/MA degree students complete both degrees in five years.
Applications are submitted through the Harris School. Information about admissions requirements and funding is available on the Harris website.
Students who pursue the MD/MA may participate in the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP). This program allows students to earn a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy while earning a master's degree at Chicago Booth, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, or the School of Social Service Administration.
Pritzker School of Medicine students will complete the combined MD/MPH degree in five years.
MD/MPH students will complete the first two years of medical school before applying to the MPH program. If accepted, the student takes a year-long leave of absence from Pritzker after the third year to pursue full-time MPH coursework. Following the year of full-time MPH work, students will return to the medical school for their fourth year of medical school. During that final year of the MD degree, MD/MPH students will also complete their MPH capstone project.
The new University of Chicago Joint MD-MPH application is now open and available online. Once an application is started, applicants will first select “Masters” under degree program, then “Master of Public Health (MPH)” under proposed degree program. At that time, a question will appear asking if the applicant is currently enrolled in the Pritzker School of Medicine. Applicants to the MD-MPH program should select yes, and the application will adjust accordingly.
The deadline for the MD-MPH application is January 15, 2021. The application requirements for the joint degree include:
- One letter of recommendation from a current Pritzker faculty member
- Unofficial transcript from Pritzker. Transcripts from other post-secondary education are not required for the dual degree program
- Personal statement
- Signed letter of Good Standing from the Pritzker Dean of Students
We recommend that all prospective applicants meet with Dr. Woodruff prior to applying to the program.
Please see the Master of Public Health website for more information about the MPH degree.
If you have additional questions, please reach out to Rebecca Plunkett in the Office of Master’s Education.
Pritzker School of Medicine students will receive a 50% tuition scholarship for MPH tuition. Visit the MPH tuition and fees page for more information on program costs.
MD/MS in Biomedical Informatics
The Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics (MScBMI) program prepares students to lead healthcare’s evolution into an era where organizations will apply their data to meet these goals. MScBMI students will study the whole spectrum of this burgeoning field, with specific emphasis on clinical informatics, genomics, and population health They also have the option to pursue advanced programming in Python and explore machine learning techniques. They graduate with the skills and practice to succeed in industry, lab, and research settings.
MD/MScBMI students at the University of Chicago typically complete the first three years of medical school before taking a year-long leave of absence to pursue full-time graduate work through the Graham School, then return to the Pritzker School of Medicine to complete their final year of the MD degree.
Pritzker students will submit an application through the Graham School during their third year of MD study. Application deadlines and required materials are available on the Graham School website, along with a link to the application system.
Tuition and fees information is available on the Graham School website.
MS in Biomedical Sciences
The University of Chicago’s MS in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) is a one-year program designed to provide foundational training in biomedicine. Developed in partnership with the Office of Master’s Education (OME), this novel program enhances training for those seeking biomedical scientific careers and enables existing professionals from any career track to grow their biomedical expertise. Taught by faculty experts across the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Translational Medicine, the program’s core curriculum focuses on applications and innovations in clinical care and medical treatment, statistics, bioethics, and the American healthcare system. Students can choose to specialize and complete a culminating capstone project in Science Communication, Biomedical Data Science, or Health Systems Science.
Application deadlines and required materials are available on the program site along with a link to the application system. The BMS program is STEM-OPT eligible.
Tuition and fees information is available on the BMS program website.
University of Chicago undergraduates who are interested in continuing their studies with the MS in Biomedical Sciences program after they graduate are eligible to apply for the Rudolph Scholarship which awards a one-year, partial tuition scholarship of $15,000. For more information, please visit here.