Dual Degree Programs


Creighton University School of Medicine students have the option to earn their Doctor of Medicine (MD) and an advanced degree through one of three joint degree programs: MD/PhD, MD/MBA or MD/MSHCE (Health Care Ethics).

As health care evolves, many doctors benefit from additional training in areas such as business, leadership and ethics. A dual degree can provide more career opportunities and increase your effectiveness in a changing health care environment.

MD/PhD Options

The MD/PhD trains physician-scientists to become integral components of the healthcare system – now and in the future.

During your training, you’ll:

  • Provide excellent patient care
  • Guide discovery in disease-focused biomedical research
  • Promote translational research with accelerated progression of discoveries to the bedside
  • Lead biomedical research and healthcare delivery

Learn more about available areas of PhD study.


The MD/MBA gives students additional career opportunities as administrators and executives in healthcare-related fields. As a physician in a large or small practice, it can also help you perform business-related functions more effectively.  

Learn more about Creighton’s MD/MBA program, curriculum and admissions requirements.

Health Care Ethics

Earn your medical degree while exploring health care ethics in depth. Both a certificate in health care ethics or a master’s degree in health care ethics can be pursued in conjunction with the MD program.

Medical students in the certificate program can graduate within four years with both an MD and a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics. The certificate portion is completed online.

Completion of the MD and MSHCE typically takes five years, with the MSHCE program portion online.