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Dual Degree Programs

In addition to the medical degree, the following dual degree programs are available in combination with an M.D.

Check out the following links to discover what the School of Medicine has to offer! Typically, students apply to these programs after acceptance to the medical school. There is usually enough time after a medical school acceptance to begin the application process for one of these programs. Please contact the specific program directly to learn more about their program and application process.

Master of Arts in Bioethics

M.D./M.A. Bioethics

CWRU is home to one of nation’s leading Bioethics Departments. The 27-credit-hour Master's degree program, including a 12-hour foundations course taken during the first year of medical school, provides advanced training in bioethics while emphasizing the interdisciplinary and interprofessional nature of the field. In this program, medical students will participate in and contribute to the critical analysis of moral issues related to health, health care, and health policy at local, national and international levels. Medical school students complete the bioethics program while pursuing their medical degrees; no additional time is required.

Contact Info

Marie Norris
Phone: 216.368.8718
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Master of Public Health


Graduates of this 5-year, 36-hour master’s degree program are qualified to work in local and state health departments, universities and colleges, hospitals, ambulatory medical centers, non-profit organizations and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Areas of concentration include adolescent health, health promotion and disease prevention, epidemiology, public health research, health management and policy, clinical research, international health, human sexuality and reproductive health, and urban health.

Contact Info

Phone: 216.368.3128
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Master of Science in Applied Anatomy

M.D./M.S. in Applied Anatomy

Students seeking advanced training in the anatomical sciences may begin the 30-hour master’s degree program in the fall or spring semester of the first year of medical school. Required graduate courses include the anatomical sciences core curriculum, completed during the first two years of medical school, and an advanced surgical anatomy course taken in the fourth year. Students earn the remaining credits through elective courses. Completion of a thesis is not required, but students may undertake independent research experiences as electives; a thesis-based program also is available. Interested medical students must apply to the master’s program through the Department of Anatomy.

Contact Info

Phone: 216.368.2433
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Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

MD/MS in Biomedical Engineering

Medicine is undergoing a transformation based on the rapid advances in science and technology that are combining to produce more accurate diagnoses, more effective treatments with fewer side effects, and improved ability to prevent disease. The goal of the MD/MS in Engineering is to prepare medical graduates to be leaders in the development and clinical deployment of this technology and to partner with others in technology based translational research teams. Current CWRU medical students in either the University Program (UP) or the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) may apply to the MD/MS in Engineering program.

Students must complete the normal requirements in either MD program. Portions of the medical school curriculum earn graded credit toward the MD/MS degree. Six credit hours can be applied to the MS component of the joint degree. The balance of 12 credit hours (4 courses) must be graduate level engineering concentration courses that provide rigor and depth in a field of engineering relevant to the area of research. All students attend monthly seminars focusing on the integration of engineering and medicine, with the opportunity to present their own research and to hear and interact with other presenters. Students must also complete training in the responsible conduct of research.  The thesis serves a key integration role for the joint degree, with both medical and engineering components. The thesis also fulfills the research requirement of the UP or CCLCM programs.

Students should apply through the BME department admissions office.

Contact Info

BME Admissions Office
Phone: 216.368.4063
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Master of Science in Biomedical Investigation

M.D./M.S. in Biomedical Investigation

This five-year dual degree program is designed for students who wish to prepare for careers in basic or clinical research at academic medical centers. The core components of this degree are three to six graduate courses in a specific track chosen by the student based on his or her interest, six graded credits of medical school coursework, a common seminar series, training in scientific integrity, and a full-year research project culminating in a written report and examination by faculty. Tracks include biochemistry, clinical investigation, epidemiology, health services research, nutrition, pathology, and physiology and biotechnology. Each track has specific course requirements. There is no tuition charge for the research year, and a stipend is provided.

Contact Info
Phone: 216.368.3578 or 216.444.5222
More information on the M.D./M.S. in Biomedical Investigation >

Master of Business Administration


There is a growing need for physicians with business skills to manage organizations such as corporate practices, hospitals, etc. Those who complete this 5-year program will be able to apply learned management principles and take leadership roles as they navigate through varying and increasingly complex healthcare environments.

Contact Info
MD Contact


MBA Contact


Visit Weatherhead School of Management's website >

Master of Anthropology


This 4-year dual degree program is an organized course of study for students with a range of medical anthropological interests, from ethnomedicine to international health, urban health, psychiatric anthropology, psychological anthropology, cross-cultural aging, human adaptation and disease, nutritional anthropology, etc. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue anthropology beyond the baccalaureate level and to become acquainted with professional work in anthropology and to meet the challenges of our increasingly globalized world.

Contact Info
MD Contact


MA Contact

Linda LaPinta


Visit the Department of Antrhopology's website >