MD/MPH Programs

FIVE-YEAR MD/MPH ARRUPE GLOBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Students working in global settings

A scholarship-supported, five-year MD/MPH program for future health care leaders ready to do good at a global level, where it’s needed most.

Grounded in Jesuit, Catholic values, Creighton’s School of Medicine is committed to educating agents of change. The Arrupe Global Scholars and Partnerships Program–named for Pedro Arrupe, SJ, who was deeply committed to justice and caring for the poor–helps to further Creighton’s mission by preparing students to consciously learn from and compassionately care for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Each year, Creighton will select 12 applicants to join the program.

Those chosen to become Arrupe Global Scholars will:

  • Earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) in five years
  • Receive scholarship funding
  • Take part in fully funded international service learning experiences
  • Be mentored by experienced faculty and leaders in global health at Creighton University and at partner institutions across the world
  • Have access to specialized professional development opportunities
  • Enhance their competitiveness for medical residency specialties
  • Develop the skills necessary to contribute to global health research

Ultimately, scholars within the program will work as part of teams seeking to improve the health and well-being of communities experiencing poverty. If you’re ready to make a difference in the world, here’s what you need to know about the program and the application process.

Five-year MD/MPH Program

Students in the program will work toward both degrees simultaneously, saving a year on a typical timeline. This specific combination of degrees will provide the foundational knowledge needed to effect change at a wider level.

25% Medical School Tuition Scholarship

Through the generous support of a private donor, Arrupe Global Scholars will receive scholarship support for all four years of medical school. Tuition rates fluctuate, but a 25% scholarship represents upwards of $90,000.

100% Tuition Scholarship for the MPH Degree

In addition to covering 25% of medical school tuition, the program’s scholarship also funds the full cost of tuition for the Master of Public Heatlh degree. This covers more than $40,000.

Four Fully Funded International Placements

The Arrupe Global Scholars Program has established partnerships with organizations in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Uganda and India. Partnerships in other countries are being finalized. Students will work alongside our international partners and Creighton and partner institution faculty on multiyear projects addressing significant health challenges in locations around the world. Through these partnerships, such as the ILAC (Institute for Latin American Concern) in the Dominican Republic, you’ll gain first-hand experience addressing the health concerns of those most in need.

Faculty Mentoring and Professional Development

Changing the world for the better is a big undertaking, and you won’t go it alone. Benefit from the mentorship of Creighton faculty and upper-level students, plus take advantage of ongoing professional development opportunities specific to the program.

Application Process

Those interested in becoming an Arrupe Global Scholar must first apply and be accepted to Creighton’s School of Medicine MD program and then apply separately for the Arrupe Global Scholars program in the secondary application portal. In addition, you will be asked to:

  • Prepare two essays addressing your interest in and goals for the Arrupe Global Scholars MD/MPH program
  • Provide a letter of recommendation through the AMCAS Letter Service that addresses your experiences working with marginalized populations, locally or internationally, and your interest in global health and potential to practice with and impact the lives of the global poor
  • Interview with a selection committee if chosen to advance

The eligibility and academic prerequisites for the Arrupre Global Scholars are the same as those for the regular MD program, with the addition of a strong interest in global health as demonstrated by previous experiences and an emphasis on service with marginalized populations. Please note, the GRE normally required for the MPH will be waived for applicants.

Curriculum Outline and Timeline

Arrupe Scholars will start the program three weeks before they start their first year of medical school. Students will take part in a one-week orientation and then a two-week immersion at the Institute for Latin American Concern in the Dominican Republic. Program timeline to come.

Who was Pedro Arrupe?

Pedro Arrupe, SJ–the namesake of the Arrupe Global Scholars Program–was the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus. He studied medicine early in his life, but chose to enter the Society of Jesus in 1927. He was ordained in 1936 and sent to Japan for missionary work two years later. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Fr. Arrupe was arrested by Japanese security forces on suspicion of espionage and kept in solitary confinement for more than a month. He was eventually released and stayed in Japan, moving to Nagatsuka, just outside of Hiroshima.

On August 6, 1945, Fr. Arrupe witnessed the horrors of the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima first-hand. He and his colleagues survived the blast and rendered aid to some 150 victims, using rudimentary resources and medical knowledge. An integral leader among the Jesuits post-Vatican II, Fr. Arrupe is credited with first using the phrase, “men for others,” a sentiment that guides Jesuit institutions, including Creighton, today. Fr. Arrupe was deeply committed to justice and caring for the poor. The Arrupe Global Scholars Program shares that mission.