Several joint degree programs are offered with other colleges to allow qualified students to combine their medical science background with other professional or graduate work to broaden academic knowledge and earn two degrees in a reduced amount of time.
The MD-PhD program at the University of Florida has been training clinician-scientists continuously for over 30 years through intramural funding. The MD-PhD program trains clinician-scientists for a career in academic medicine with the full expectation that our MD-PhD students will become future leaders at academic medical centers worldwide.
The faculties of the College of Law and the College of Medicine have approved a dual educational program culminating in both a Juris Doctor degree, awarded by the College of Law, and a Doctor of Medicine degree, awarded by the College of Medicine. Under the dual degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in approximately one year less (6 years) than it would take to obtain both degrees if pursued consecutively (6 rather than 7 years). Essential criteria for the dual degree program include:
- Candidates for the program must meet the entrance requirements for, and be accepted by, both Colleges. Both Colleges must be informed by the student at the time of application to the second program that he/she intends to pursue the dual degree program.
- The dual degree program is not open to students who have already earned the other degree.
- Admission to the second program is required no later than the end of the third year of medical school or the second year of law school.
- A student must satisfy the curriculum requirements for each degree before either degree is awarded. The College of Medicine will allow 12 credit hours of appropriate law courses to be counted toward both the MD and JD degrees. Reciprocally, law students may receive credit for up to 12 semester hours for courses taken in the College of Medicine.
The College of Business Administration and the College of Medicine have approved a dual business/medical degree program. Under this program, MD candidates may take a year off from their medical studies to complete the Master of Science in Management Degree (MSM) in the College of Business Administration. This course of study may be taken after the first, second, or third year of medical school, although the ideal time is after the second year. Students in the MD-MSM dual degree program could, after completion of the one year of business courses, also take additional courses required for the MBA. These courses would be in place of three College of Medicine electives. If they choose not to take the additional MBA. courses, they would be awarded an MD-MSM upon completion of medical school. If they complete the additional business courses specified by the College of Business, they would be awarded an MD-MBA. The College of Business administration has agreed to waive the two years of work experience requirement for MD candidates who wish to enroll in the MD-MSM or the MD-MBA.
Students with an interest in public health medicine and policy may choose to pursue a dual MD-MPH degree offered collaboratively by the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Under the dual degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in approximately one year less than it would take to obtain them if pursued consecutively.
Discovery Pathways Program – Medical Student Research Program
The College of Medicine offers a research track option within the medical school curriculum. Students who take this option will have the opportunity to perform an extended research project with a faculty mentor, take a number of research-related courses, graduate with a Certificate of Special Competence in Research, and receive their degree with a designation of Honors in Research. The research option has enough built-in flexibility so that students may extend their research into a Master’s or PhD degree. The MSRP is directed by Gregory Schultz, PhD. Questions regarding the MSRP should be addressed to Dr. Schultz at 352-273-7560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.