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MD/PhD Program

MD/MPH  Dual Degree Program

School of Public Health

Rural Scholars Track

Summer Research

Honors Program

Early Decision Program for the 2016 Entering Freshman Class

The LSU School of Medicine offers the Early Decision Program (EDP). If an applicant wants to apply for EDP, certain rules must be followed.

  1. The earliest date to apply to AMCAS is June 1, 2015.
  2. The latest date to apply to AMCAS is August 1, 2015.
  3. The latest date to complete file in Admissions Office is normally September 1, 2015.
  4. The MCAT must be taken allowing time for the scores to be on record by September 1, 2015.
  5. Ordinarily, only applicants with a 3.5 grade point average in the sciences and a 10 on each category of the MCAT are considered. However, all competitive applicants are eligible to apply for EDP.
  6. The applicant may apply only to the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and may not apply to any other schools prior to being informed of LSU's decision. The applicant will be informed of this decision on or before October 1, 2015.
  7. If the applicant is accepted, the applicant must accept and he/she may not apply to any other medical schools.  If the applicant is rejected or placed on hold, then he/she may apply to other medical schools.  If the applicant is not accepted Early Decision, the applicant then goes into our regular applicant pool.
  8. If the applicant who is accepted violates the terms of the acceptance, he/she is considered to have committed an irregularity and other schools to which he/she applies are informed.


MD/PhD Program


The MD/PhD program of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans was established to offer the opportunity for students to train in a program tailored to their individual research interests and medicine. Through this program, students who have an interest in research and academic medicine will combine the curriculum of the School of Medicine with the curriculum of the School of Graduate Studies. Over seven or more years, individuals in the program meet the degree requirements of both the Schools of Graduate Studies and Medicine, thus acquiring the knowledge, skills and experience to begin careers in exciting areas of medical and translational research. It is expected that students graduating from the program will develop into academic physician scientists obtaining faculty positions in basic science or clinical departments in schools of medicine. MD/PhDs will provide leadership in academic medicine and in research related to medicine and human welfare. Acceptance into this combined program must be approved by the School of Medicine Admissions Committee and the MD/PhD Admissions Committee.  Accepted students are given a tuition waiver throughout the MD and PhD portions of the program and a stipend during Graduate School and the last two years of Medical School. If at any time during the student’s tenure at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, the requirements for the MD/PhD program are not satisfied, the student will be required to reimburse the school for any tuition he or she may have received while enrolled here as a medical student.

MD/PhD applicants must be accepted into the MD program before being considered for the combined degree. Please Note: The Deadline to apply for the MD/PhD Program through AMCAS is November 1, 2015; The Secondary Application and letters of recommendation must be completed by December 15, 2015.  Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications as early as possible in order to be considered for an interview for the School of Medicine.  MD/PhD applicants must be interviewed by the School of Medicine Admissions Committee by the end of February in order to be considered for an interview in early March by the Ph.D. Sub-committee.

Additional information can be obtained by calling (504) 568-6197 or by visiting the website at


 MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

The LSU Health Sciences Center MD/MPH Dual Degree Program trains future physician leaders - both in medicine and in the sciences of population health improvement. Participating students enroll to obtain an MD at the LSU School of Medicine while concurrently pursuing the Master in Public Health (MPH) degree from LSU School of Public Health.

The LSU MD/MPH Dual Degree Program supports individual student achievement and professional growth by imparting a deep understanding of population health challenges in Louisiana and globally; advanced analytic skills; and strong research and management capabilities - all of which contribute to more competitive residency placements, and exciting career opportunities.

The five year course of study for the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program includes summer studies at the School of Public Health prior to first and second years of medical school, as well as an entire academic year at the School of Public Health between the 2nd year and 3rd years of medical school.

Prospective students in the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program would apply to the LSU School of Public Health after they have been admitted to the LSU School of Medicine. Applications may be requested from program director Dr. Benjamin Springgate MD, MPH ( or from the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at the School of Public Health ( No additional fees, transcripts, reference letters, or testing are required.

Potential applicants are invited to review to learn more about the School of Public Health, the MPH degree, and the five outstanding public health concentrations that are available, including:

  • Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology, and
  • Health Policy and Systems Management.

The LSU MD/MPH Dual Degree Program offers a rolling admissions process.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Springgate with any questions or inquiries regarding the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program, or to request an appointment, by emailing .

At no time during medical studies will the student be allowed to take concurrent MPH courses.  All MPH courses must be completed in the two summer semesters designated above and the 12-month period prior to commencing clinical studies in the School of Medicine.



* If a student is accepted into both the MPH and MD program for the same entering year, that student would have the option of being granted a deferment of one year for the MD program in order to pursue the MPH degree.

  **The MPH studies in the summer after the second year of medical studies will occur after USMLE Step 1 is taken in Early June. 


School of Public Health Program

The mission of the School of Public Health is to prepare health professionals to improve the health of the population. The school’s coursework, practice experience and thesis research will provide all students with a foundation in the basic disciplines of public health, while allowing them to pursue individual interests and build upon existing strengths and previous experiences. The program will enable students to develop the intellectual and analytical skills to define, evaluate and solve the complex problems encountered in public health and health care systems administration.

The School offers MPH degrees with concentrations in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Biostatistics, Environmental/Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Systems Management.Interested applicants should contact the School of Public Health at (504) 568-5747 or view the website at: .

 1.  Epidemiologists are the disease detectives who identify the many factors that cause infectious and chronic disease.   They are frontline professionals, responding to infectious outbreaks.  They are the scientists who help evaluate the best treatment approaches in clinical practice and formulate strategies for maintaining better health.


2.  Environmental & Occupational Health Professionals monitor and assess the risks to and quality of our environment.  This field ranges from climate change, to biological toxins & chemicals, to prevention of workplace injuries.  These professionals are uniquely trained for immediate and highly compensated employment in all branches of government, the military and industry.


3.  Behavioral & Community Health scientists promote healthy lifestyles and create environments that support well-being by applying the principles of social, behavioral and systems theory.  They design, employ and evaluate strategies for changing attitudes, behaviors, policies and social institutions. The most effective methods are replicated throughout the country and the world.


4.  Health Policy & Systems Management is the administrative arm of public health.  Professionals in this field manage programs, projects, clinics, and departments in government, private industry and academia.  They focus on strategic planning and best management practices to assure cost effective health care delivery systems and to make informed health policy decisions


5.  Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical methodology to study living organisms.  Biostatistics is the basic math science of public health.  It supports research in all of the other public health fields as well as research activities in allied health, medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical and basic science industries.


If you would like to change the world for the better, please contact us.


We believe that you can make a difference in this world.


 Alice LeBlanc, MPH, Admissions Director,, 504/568-5747

LSUHSC School of Public Health, 1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1400, New Orleans, LA 70112 Also see: and 

Rural Scholars Track


Students admitted to the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans Rural Scholars Track (RST) must meet the same admissions criteria as all other students who are applying to the school. Consequently, admission will be on a competitive basis. There are five spots available in each class. The students who are chosen to enter this track will be selected from applicants who have already been accepted into the entering class. The RST identifies and trains physicians to practice medicine in rural Louisiana. This rural track is in response to the growing shortage of physicians in certain areas of Louisiana. This shortage of physicians causes the inhabitants of these areas to have only limited access to physicians and other health care professionals.  In order to be accepted into the RST, you must be an official resident of the State of Louisiana. Interested students must complete an RST application, which may be found as a link following the link to the Secondary Application.


The educational experience during the first two years of medical school is identical to other students in the School of Medicine.  Students will participate in core 3rd and 4th year rotations on the LSU Lafayette campus and the surrounding areas.  This creates a unique learning environment that fosters the student’s understanding of the primary care physician’s impact on the community. During their third and fourth years, RST students spend one day a week, every week, working with a rural physician.  Students are paired with an LSU approved rural primary care physician of their choosing or a previously identified community LSU faculty physician.  While in these rural practices, RST students get a first-hand look at how a rural practice is run, gain a better understanding of the broad scope of rural practice, provide continuity of care for patients over the two years, gain experience doing clinical procedures common in rural practice, and get to know the needs of rural areas for possible future practice location. Rural practice demands a much broader perspective on medicine than traditional medical school training. As a result, students enrolled in the Rural Scholars Track receive an increased emphasis in ambulatory primary care. Training involves a more “hands-on” approach and students are expected to gain competencies in such areas as the treatment of lacerations, sprains, strains, and emergency and trauma management. Training in procedural skills such as esophagogastroduodenoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, performance of biopsies, and resuscitative techniques are also emphasized.

Tuition Exemptions

Students who enroll in this program are eligible for up to four years of exempted tuition. To be eligible, students must contractually agree to: (1) practice in one of six Primary Care specialties (Family Medicine, Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine, Medicine/Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology) or General Surgery; (2) return to a rural area in Louisiana to practice upon completion of residency; and (3) practice in this rural area for at least five years. If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Robert L. Eubanks, at or Dr. Emilio Russo at

The Results

60 Graduates

17 Residents currently in training

43 Physicians in practice

21 Students currently enrolled

Projected Impact of the Rural Scholars Track:

BY 2020, an estimated 101 physicians will have graduated from the RST.  We anticipate all of them practicing primary care in rural or underserved venues in Louisiana.

Summer Research

There are a variety of research programs underway in the Medical School which offer accepted students interesting opportunities for work during the summer vacation. The work is stimulating, challenging and educational. Not only will the student be able to learn more about the medical sciences, but the student will also be exposed and become more involved with a particular project while working alongside faculty and other students to possibly contribute new knowledge to a particular area of the medical sciences. These jobs are not necessarily designed exclusively for those who are seeking careers in research or in academic medicine but are also designed for those who would like to know more about research and what it involves. The experience may help make the student a better physician in the future. It will also strengthen the student’s curriculum vitae which may assist in obtaining a residency position, particularly if a publication results from the work. However, before deciding upon a summer research project, some consideration should be given to goals. While any of the research programs available will add to the medical experience and be beneficial to the student’s career, some involve a more in-depth commitment than others. This is especially true if one is considering applying for the Honors Program, described elsewhere in this document. There are a variety of programs to which the student can apply for stipends during the summer including: American Heart Association of Louisiana, Inc., Cancer Society, March of Dimes, LSUHSC Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships and individual research grants of the faculty. The Student Affairs Office has application forms from several of these agencies.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at LSUHSC supplements the regular curriculum and is designed to challengethe exceptional student while stimulating the interests of the individual.It entails an independent research program which encompasses basic and clinical sciences in the pursuit of a problem of specific interest.

Students who have achieved a high academic standing during their first semester in  medical school areeligible for consideration. Interested students may apply between February and May of their freshman year. Additional information and application forms may be found at or may be obtained by contacting, Dr. Michael G. Levitzky, Chairman of the Honors Program Committee, Professor, Department of Physiology at  Acceptance into this program is based upon information provided in the application, an interview with the Honors Program Committee, and the submission of an outline of the proposed research project.