Monday, April 23, 2012 Health system changes inspire more med students to pursue dual degrees

Medical schools see growth in enrollment in extra degree programs as students seek an edge in what they believe will be a changing job environment.

Carolyne Krupa, April 23, 2012

As they contemplate careers in a rapidly changing health care landscape, a growing number of medical students are deciding that a medical degree is not enough.

Most U.S. medical schools offer students the chance simultaneously to get advanced degrees in a variety of other areas, such as public health, law, business administration, mass communications and the sciences. Some schools have offered the programs for more than two decades. However, more recently, dual degrees are growing in popularity as prospective physicians feel they must develop expertise beyond medicine to compete in a dynamic health care market.

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