I'm planning out my future right now and could use some help focusing on grad programs before med school. Is there any overwhelming reason to pick one of these three over the other? So far, I'm having a really hard time deciding because I can see myself doing any of them. Here's how I see it so far: SMP-- Pros: short (1 year), similar curriculum to 1st year in med school, compete with medical students Cons: the degree has little value outside of getting into med school and can't really be used to get into research afterward MS-- Pros: hardcore material, opportunity to do original research, good experience if I want to do research after med school Cons: long (2 years), pricey, doesn't really display I'm capable of handling physiology or broad med school curriculum MPH-- Pros: focus on health, professional degree, many 1 yr. programs, since managed care is changing it'll probably be worth something in the future Cons: longer programs are pricey, doesn't show focus on the sciences, always the issue of how different med schools view the MPH I'm pretty torn but I think I'm leaning toward getting an MS before applying to med school (i'm a 3rd year and will graduate w/ a 3.4 or 3.5 and have a competitive mcat)... does anyone have a reason for me to pick otherwise? thanks for any other input.