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Any use in MS of public health before applying to MD?

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I am increasingly interested in studying epidemiology and conducting prevention studies in various communities as a Master's Program before applying to medical school. Is there any true advantage to this aside from having this as something that sets me apart from the general applicant for interviews as well as something that I am passionate about? Or is it more of a waste of time in relation to other work I could do in my gap year?

--A few MD/PhD's at pre-health fairs were recommending this and I've been hearing information from both sides. What do you think? I am a psych major with a minor in public health. This would not be in lieu of research and volunteer experience.
 

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If you can find a funded opportunity, it could be useful.
 

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having a completed MPH with evidence of interest/pattern in Public Health will show motivation and commitment. However, it may not set you apart that much from other applicants who will have their own unique qualities. Many medical schools have an MD/MPH dual programs.

Just to also note for others who may read this, as I get this question frequently, an MPH will do nothing to enhance an applicant in need of GPA repair.
 
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