Samford University’s School of Public Health partners with the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer a coordinated Master of Public Health and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program.

The program prepares DO students for practice-related careers such as primary care and public health physicians in governmental agencies, rural health center and international health organizations.

All Master of Public Health courses are offered online, and the program is designed to allow students to take the majority of their MPH course work during the summer term.

“Health care is a wildly complex system, and when I graduate medical school and finish a residency, I’m going to have to work in that system one day. Samford’s Master of Public Health program has given me an opportunity to learn about this system before I go out into it. This program has been a priceless addition to my medical school education.”--Luke White, Second-year DO student

Why Earn an MPH?

For those called to a life of service in public health, Samford’s online Master of Public Health will prepare you to be a leader, capable of addressing current global health problems.

  • Learn to approach health as a population-based issue rather than an individual one
  • Gain research skills that build the foundation of public health
  • Earn a competitive advantage for residency applications
  • Understand how public health is integrated with medicine and health care
  • Access expertise of both public health and medical faculty to facilitate collaborative study
  • Develop skills needed to improve population-based health

Application Process

After being admitted to the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, you can apply to Samford’s Master of Public Health program through an online form.

The deadline to apply and start the Master of Public Health program in the summer is April 1.

ACOM Admission     Apply to Coordinated Program

Admission Requirements

To apply for this coordinated program, you must first be admitted to the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from a college or university that holds institutional accreditation.
  • Submit a career statement indicating interest in primary care and public health

Plans of Study