The Geisel School of Medicine and the Tuck School of Business offer students an opportunity to pursue combined MD/MBA degrees that can be completed in either five or six years. In a time of tremendous change in health care, there is a growing need for leaders with expertise in both medicine and management. This joint-degree program is designed to open pathways for leadership roles in diverse areas and industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotech, health care related entrepreneurial ventures, governmental health programs, health related nonprofits, hospital management, HMO management, large practice management, health care policy formation, and medical school administration, to name a few. Candidates for the joint degree must complete the separate admission and financial aid application processes at both the Geisel School of Medicine and Tuck. There is no formula for admission to the combined program. Decisions are based on a combination of following factors: academic excellence, leadership ability, accomplishments, interpersonal skills, and diversity. Although almost all Tuck students have work experience before they enroll, this is not a prerequisite for admission to the joint-degree program. For more information on the MD/MBA Program, please visit the Geisel School of Medicine MD/MBA Program overview.
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) is dedicated to improving health care through education, research, policy reform, leadership improvement, and communication with patients and the public. TDI's Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum is designed to provide every student with the fundamental skills, knowledge base, and philosophical foundation in health policy and clinical practice, with specific attention paid to public health, clinical/health services research, or health care leadership. The MBA/MPH joint degree offered with the Tuck School prepares graduates to take on leadership positions in both the public and private sectors of the health care industry.The joint MBA/MPH program brings together the best of health care leadership and management education with the best of public health research and practice. This program is dedicated to improving health care through education, research, policy reform, leadership improvement, and communication with patients and the public. The MBA/MPH curriculum is designed to provide every student with the fundamental skills, knowledge base, and philosophical foundation in health care and public health. The MBA/MPH joint degree offered with the Tuck School prepares graduates to take on leadership positions in both the public and private sectors of the health care industry.
The joint MBA/MPH degree is an accelerated program that requires 2 1/3 years (or a total of 8 terms) to complete. Students can apply to the programs concurrently, or may apply to the MPH program during the first year of enrollment at Tuck. Students spend their first year as a full-time MBA student at Tuck, and begin MPH course work during August of the second year. The second year of the program involves a blending of core and elective courses at both Tuck and TDI. Students spend the full two years as part of the same MBA class, which sets Dartmouth’s MBA/MPH apart. Students graduate in May from Tuck, and spend the early part of their second summer completing the MPH Capstone Project before receiving their MPH degree from TDI.
The PhD/MBA joint degree program offers the unique opportunity for PhD students at Dartmouth College to finish off their training with management education. The joint degree aims to produce individuals who are not only thoroughly trained in a scientific discipline but also possess fundamental business and entrepreneurial skills. The program is currently only available to PhD students at Dartmouth. Students must apply to and be admitted to the MBA program. The PhD experience will be counted as post-bachelors degree work experience. Matriculating students must enter with the regular Tuck class in the fall and complete the required first-year Tuck core curriculum. Students are expected to participate in an internship during the summer between their first and second Tuck years, to reinforce the MBA experience. Courses taken during the PhD program will be counted as the equivalent of one term's worth of electives. While application and admission to the MBA program can occur at any point while enrolled in the PhD program, it's recommended that students apply in the third or fourth year of their program. Students are encouraged to meet with advisors for the PhD/MBA Program, including deans Robert Hansen at Tuck, Brian Pogue of Thayer, or Kerry Landers of the Dartmouth Graduate Studies Office. It is important that PhD students show strong academic ability as well as demonstrated potential for leadership, and they should be able to articulate well why the MBA degree will help them achieve their goals.