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Combined D.O. Degrees at Rowan-Virtua SOM

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Many D.O.s extend the philosophy of treating the whole patient and the community one step further and pursue combined degrees. This offers physicians the opportunity to inform patient care through additional expertise, such as legal and public health topics. Rowan-Virtua SOM offers a broad spectrum of combined degrees to fulfill these objectives.


If you are interested in pursuing a career that encompasses both the medical and legal fields, such as hospital administration or public policy, then a joint Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, offered through a partnership between Rowan-Virtua SOM and Rutgers School of Law—Camden, is a great fit. Less than 1% of the nation's 600,000 physicians and 900,000 attorneys hold degrees in both law and medicine.

This intense program, meant for high-achieving, dedicated students is completed in six years, rather than the traditional seven or eight years. There is a true benefit for the time saved, especially for those individuals who will complete residency training. Prospective students must take both the MCAT and the LSAT and be admitted by both schools to receive consideration.


A dual degree that combines Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) gives medical professionals the ability to see health from a patient's point of view, as well as those of the community and general public. As our citizens age and access to travel brings people from across the globe closer together, the demand grows for integrating the knowledge of public health issues, healthcare and patient/family concerns. There is a wide range of career fields available to those with this dual degree, including biostatistics, public health agencies, research institutions and residency programs related to community health.

Rowan-Virtua SOM offers this five-year, combined degree program in collaboration with the Rutgers School of Public Health, Piscataway. Application to this program is limited to students who have:
  • Been accepted to the School of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Taken the MCAT.
  • Been accepted into the M.P.H. degree program.

D.O./Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology and Neuroscience

The combined D.O./Ph.D. degree program is offered through the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the departments of "Cell Biology and Neuroscience" and "Molecular Biology" at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Graduates of this dual program will become physician scientists with the skills to not only practice medicine, but to contribute to the study of diseases, new medical treatments, clinical trials and become educators to the next generation of physicians.


The D.O./M.B.A. degree program prepares graduates for the increasing need of business acumen in the medical field and emerging careers in medical administration. Graduates learn critical skills to help them:

  • Establish, build, and manage medical practices and/or other business endeavors.
  • Work more effectively with insurance companies, laboratories, hospitals and other business partners.
  • Assume leadership positions within for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Analyze and build personal and corporate financial wealth.
  • Manage, motivate, and lead others.
  • Effectively use and integrate information to improve financial and managerial decision-making.
  • Analyze and develop advertising and marketing strategies.

Candidates must apply to and be accepted by the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Rowan M.B.A program. The expectation is that students will complete the dual degree program within five years and that students will complete their M.B.A. coursework within one year.

Learn more about Rowan M.B.A.s by visiting the MBA program website.

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