Originally Posted by aaaimg
Hello, I moved to the US a couple of months ago. I am an IMG and Iím interested in pursuing a career in Public Health. I know that in order to start a residency here I should take the USMLE Steps, and after applying and, hopefully getting into one, I should have two or three years of clinical practice (Family Medicine - Internal Medicine - Pediatrics) before applying to a Public Health Residency. I think those are the steps, Iím not sure if all of them are ok. Does anyone know if itís ďeasierĒ, or at least more convenient to start a Master in Public Health? Is anyone doing this? And also, does the work choices are much different being a Board Certified Doctor or just someone with a Master? Thanks a lot. I really donít know what to do right now.
Being board certified enables you to vast your options in terms of working either in an academic setting or private furthermore favours your visa application if your looking for a permanent residency (Green card), MPH in the other hand is an option that allows not only physicians to obtain it but also any person of interest, yet your option as a physician holding a MPH degree is not unique by itself knowing that some medical schools in fact dual MD/MPH as one of their tracks many US newly grads hold it, I have a personal friend of mine who is currently doing it but the question would it favour his application once he applies for residency in comparison to non MPH holder? Does it compensate a weak or a person of multiple attempts on USMLE exams? from my short experience it doesn't compare to obtaining a strong research experience for example.
the subject is far from only simple steps to achieve a higher goal its solely depends on your future path you have chosen if what you want to practice is public health in general then think of MPH, if you want to create a specific niche where public health is part of it as in practicing public health in a mental disorder perspective then psychiatry + MPH would do it, same as well with other fields.