Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) & Master of Public Health (MPH)


Why Pursue Dual Training?

The pursuit of training in public health has personal, professional, and global outcomes that have significant influence on clinical care outcomes. Public health professionals are trained to incorporate a focus on disease prevention through research, promotion of healthy lifestyles, implementation of educational programming, policy development, and administration and regulation of health systems and services. Spanning many disciplines, those in the public health field are challenged with:

  • improving access to health care;
  • monitoring and controlling infectious disease;
  • reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury; and
  • many other global health issues.

Thus, a public health training experience must provide an interdisciplinary and interprofessional environment that fosters learner success as they progress in their comprehensive public health knowledge, competencies, and professional values; identify and pursue individualized educational and professional goals along the scope and continuum of public health settings and sectors; and collaborate with faculty and community partners to improve health equity and overall population health and well-being.

In close alignment with the tenets of the osteopathic medical profession, this combined program of instruction seeks to integrate the traditional osteopathic training, skillsets, and perspectives of holistic, people-centered medical care into the development of professionals who are uniquely suited for leadership in modifying health behaviors/attitudes and improving knowledge through health policy development and occupational, environmental, and population health management.

Program Goals

The intent of this program is directed at allowing osteopathic medical students to:

  • Participate in a safe academic environment, climate, and culture to determine future integrated roles to advance research and practice the arena of public health and clinical practice.
  • Develop and mature an understanding of professionalism in public health.
  • Engage expertly with faculty, other health professionals, and the public to create diverse, effective, and functional interdisciplinary and interprofessional environments dedicated to public health.
  • Prepare for a significant role in the public health workforce through applied and integrated learning experiences.
  • Become competent in the knowledge and values of population health while identifying and maintaining mindfulness of their own personal and professional health care goals.
  • Develop competency and skills in providing service and consultation to public health agencies and organizations at the local, state, national and international level toward the improvement of population health.

Application Process

ICOM encourages student participation in degree programs from external colleges or universities (co-admission or concurrent enrollment) when that participation will not adversely affect the student’s progression through the medical school curriculum. ICOM students interested in participating in this program must seek and receive prior review and approval from the Student Success Committee and the ICOM Dean. Additionally, MPH applicants must meet the admissions requirement for the program at Idaho State University.

ICOM medical students in good academic standing are eligible to apply to the MPH program following completion of their first semester of medical school. Your MCAT score will be used in place of any required GRE/GMAT examinations.

The MPH curricular program is managed and delivered by Idaho State University. The Idaho State MPH program maintains eight admission slots every academic year for ICOM applicants who are reviewed by faculty from both institutions. 

The applicant will meet with the Associate Dean of Educational Development, Innovation, and Diversity and an assigned faculty mentor to establish student success oversight for the required sequence of courses and create an individualized training and curriculum timeline. This curriculum, in combination with that of the four-year osteopathic medical education program, is designed to be completed within a total of five years. Course work is subject to change, based on course availability and satisfactory student performance.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start -- June 1
Spring Start -- November 1
Summer Start -- April 1

Applications for this concurrent DO-MPH program are received in a flexible rolling admissions schedule. However, the recommended priority application due dates for Idaho State University are listed above.

Initial ICOM Steps

  • Request a Meeting with Dr. Mortensen
    • Click here to request a meeting.
    • Discuss any concerns and considerations with Dr. Mortensen.
  • Complete the “ICOM Co-Admission Approval Form”
    • Following the meeting with Dr. Mortensen, the ICOM Co-Admission Approval Form will be sent to you electronically to complete and initiate the process of obtaining approval of signatures.
    • Read all items on the form carefully, including items regarding the Student Success Committee requirements and financial aid guidance.
  • Meet with your Advisor
    • Discuss your intentions and develop a schedule to meet regularly and apprise your advisor on your progress (quarterly recommended).
  • Financial Aid

    Meet with financial aid representatives from ICOM and Idaho State to discuss financial aid options and walk you through next steps.


    • Nicole McMillin
    • (208) 795-4286

    Idaho State

  • Approval from ICOM Registrar

    Obtain academic information approval from ICOM Registrar.

  • Final Approval

    Wait for final approval by the Student Success Committee and the ICOM Dean. Continue to consult with Dr. Mortensen during this time if you have ongoing questions.

  • Once Final Approval is Received
    • DO students must have completed their first year of medical school before enrolling into any MPH courses.
    • There are eight slots per year available in the MPH program for DO students.
    • You must complete at least 42 credits at Idaho State to earn the MPH; however, most ICOM students can expect to take 30 credits (4 courses) in total for the Master of Public Health program.
  • Complete Idaho State University’s Application Requirements

    Step One

    • Fee: $65
    • Send transcripts to:

    ISU Graduate School

    921 S. 8th Ave, Mail Stop 8075

    Pocatello, ID 83209-8075


    Step Two

    • Two Letters of Recommendation*
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume

    *One of these letters must come from an advisor at ICOM.


    Step Three

    • Take the Test: GRE or GMAT (MCAT score is acceptable)
    • Send copy of MCAT scores to ISU Department of Community and Public Health at


    Step Four

    Upon admission, schedule a time with the Chair of the Department of Community and Public Health, Ryan Lindsay, PhD, MPH, to develop a course schedule and register for classes. (Schedule a meeting using this link.)

Master of Public Health Curriculum

The MPH curriculum focuses its learners in social and behavioral science while preparing its future graduates to assess behavioral, social, and cultural factors that impact populational health behaviors and health outcome. The MPH degree, itself, requires 42 credit hours for completion.


  • Required Courses for MPH Program
    MPH Required Courses Course Number (ital=ICOM course) Credits
    Research and Writing 1 (SCRO 3751) MPH 5540 1 cr
    Rural Health Systems MPH 5507 3 cr
    Applications in Epidemiology MPH 6601 3 cr
    Biostatistics MPH 6602 3 cr
    Social & Cultural Perspectives in Public Health MPH 6604 6 cr
    Leadership and Administration MPH 6605 3 cr
    Environmental & Occupational Health MPH 6606 3 cr
    Seminar in Community/Public Health MPH 6609 3 cr
    Health Program Planning MPH 6620 3 cr
    Research and Writing 2 MPH 6640 2 cr
    Health Behavior Change Theory and Application MPH 6660 3 cr
    Approved Elective TBD 6 cr
    Integrative Learning Experience MHE 6651 6 cr
    Total of 42 credits


    Course Descriptions

DO + MHA/MPH Program


The DO-MPH program guidelines are continuously updated and are subject to change based upon individual institutional or program recommendations and policy requirements.


Contact Information

For questions about the DO-MPH program, please contact Dr. Luke Mortensen, ICOM Associate Dean of Educational Development, Innovation and Diversity.