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School of Medicine

Degree Programs


School of Medicine

School of Medicine
Mail Stop 1049
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
913) 588-5200

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KU Course Catalogs

KU Medical Center includes the Schools of Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing, and an Office of Graduate Studies. Information about Allied Health or Nursing is available from those schools or in the appropriate sections of the KU Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate School Catalog.


The following individual and combined-degree programs are offered:
  • Anatomy and Cell Biology:
    M.A., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D.
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:
    M.S., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D.
  • Health Policy and Management:
    M.H.S.A., M.D./M.H.S.A., M.S./M.H.S.A.
  • Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology:
    M.A., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D.
  • Molecular and Integrative Physiology:
    M.S., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D.
  • Neuroscience:
    Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D.
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine:
    M.A., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D.
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics:
    M.A., M.S., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Toxicology
  • Preventive Medicine and Public Health:
    M.P.H., M.D./M.P.H., M.P.H./Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Science

Combined M.D./Ph.D. Degree Programs

The KU School of Medicine offers combined degree programs in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing for students with serious interest in advanced study in the biomedical sciences. Strong candidates for the competitive M.D./Ph.D. program must have had previous research experience. Information may be obtained from the M.D./Ph.D. Physician Scientist Program, Office of Graduate Studies, 5015 Wescoe, Mail Stop 1040, KU Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.

M.D./M.P.H. Program

The combined M.D./Master of Public Health program is ideal for medical students interested in public health, community medicine, preventive medicine, occupational medicine, and health care administration. The integrated, five-year curriculum prepares students for careers in both the public and private sectors including local, federal, and state health care agencies; outcomes and disease management; research institutions; and private foundations. Candidates should demonstrate notable academic credentials and have at least one year of experience in a health-related field. Students in the joint program complete the three-semester, 36-hour M.P.H. requirements in addition to the four-year M.D. curriculum. The M.P.H. degree may be completed after years two or three of medical school. To obtain admission materials or for more information, call (913) 588-2720.

Department of Health Policy and Management

The Department of Health Policy and Management, known as the Department of Health Services Administration until its move to the School of Medicine in 1998, was established in 1982 on KU's Lawrence campus. The mission of the department states, "We are an interdisciplinary community, engaged in scholarship that seeks to improve health and health services delivery through integration of policy and management in education, research, and community and professional service." The department has awarded the Master of Health Services Administration degree to almost 400 students. Graduates of the M.H.S.A. program work in management and leadership positions in a variety of organizations, including hospitals, health care systems, long-term care organizations, physician group practices, and insurance and managed care firms. The Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (ACEHSA) accredits the M.H.S.A. program. The M.H.S.A. degree is a 55-credit-hour graduate professional degree. Full-time students complete the degree in two academic years, with an internship during the summer. Part-time students typically finish the degree in three to four years, completing a research practicum as a capstone experience. The curriculum combines social science and business content in the context of health care. The department offers several joint degree programs, including the M.H.S.A./M.S.N., M.H.S.A./M.B.A., M.H.S.A./J.D., and M.H.S.A./M.D.