Academics

Dual Degree Programs MD/MBA & MD/AM

Pritzker School of Medicine students with an interested utilizing their medical degree in a business application or the field of public policy have the unique opportunity to pursue a dual degree program in conjunction with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business or University of Chicago Harris School of Policy.

These degrees are administered separately and require two separate admissions and financial aid applications. Interested Pritzker applicants are encouraged to complete their first two years of medical school before applying to the business school.

Current Pritzker School of Medicine students interested in applying for the joint MBA degree or joint public policy masters should make an appointment with Dr. Jim Woodruff, Associate Dean of Students. Prospective students interested in exploring the MD/MBA or MD/AM degree should contact the Pritzker Admissions Office.

MD/MBA

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.

MD/MBA students at the University of Chicago typically complete the first two years of medical school before applying to the Booth School of Business (application is submitted during the third year clerkships).  If accepted, the student takes a year long leave of absence after third year to pursue full-time coursework at Chicago Booth. Following the year of full-time MBA work, students return to the medical school for their fourth year of medical school. 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 5-6 years.

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 and the School of Social Service Administration.

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.

Past graduates of the MD/MBA program have used their business training to become leaders of major health care organizations such as physician practices, hospitals, or insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

MD/AM

The MD/AM dual degree helps prepare physicians for leadership roles in health administration and health policy.

MD/AM 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/AM students then return to the Pritzker School of Medicine to complete their final clinical year of the medical degree. During their fourth and final year in medical school, students may take additional electives at the policy school. Typical MD/AM degree students complete both degrees in 5 years.

Students who pursue the MD/AM 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 the GSB, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the School of Social Service Administration.

Graduates of both programs often pursue careers in academic medicine or health administration. Several Pritzker School of Medicine faculty members are graduates of the AM degree in public policy. These include:

Deborah Burnet, MD'89, AM'03

Dr. Burnet is an alumna of both the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Harris School of Public Policy. Currently the Chief of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, Dr. Burnet's research focuses on using community based interventions to decrease obesity and the development of type 2 diabetes.

Vineet Arora, MD, AM'03

Dr. Arora received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and pursued the AM degree after completing her residency at the University of Chicago. Currently the Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery at the Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Arora's research focuses on improving trainee education and patient care.