Boston Medical Schools with Degree Program Overviews

The Boston area has about four universities that offer medical degree and related programs. Get some information about the degree programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Medical Programs Offered by Boston Schools

Prospective medical students in Boston have a few high-caliber schools to choose near the city. Many include medical schools with Doctor of Medicine programs that prepare students to become doctors. Some schools also offer graduate-level studies in public health, Doctor of Philosophy programs or dual degree options. Two well-known Boston universities and their medical schools are profiled here. Get details about some of the specific degree programs available after learning facts about both schools by reading the table at the beginning of this article.

  • Harvard University is located approximately five miles northwest of downtown Boston, in Cambridge. Its renowned medical school offers doctorates in medicine and medical sciences.
  • Boston University's medical school also has doctoral studies in medicine. The campus is found less than three miles west of Boston's downtown area.

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Comparison of Schools

It is important to consider all factors of a school before choosing your doctoral studies in medicine. Below are facts and statistics regarding each university's tuition, acceptance rate, population, graduation rates and more.

Harvard University Boston University
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 28,791* 32,112*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large city
Medical School Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $55,850** $55,456***
% of MD Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid 75% (2016)** N/A
Medical School Acceptance Rate 3.7% (2015)** N/A

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Harvard University, ***Boston University.

Harvard University

U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard Medical School as the top research medical school in the United States in 2014. Established in 1782, this Boston medical school boasts small, interactive classes, an innovative curriculum and an analytical approach to medical diagnoses and treatment. Harvard Medical School enrolls over 700 medical students through various programs, including those listed below.

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

The first two years of Harvard's M.D. curriculum focuses on human physiology, biomedical sciences and pathophysiology. Students take classes in behavioral, social and preventive medicine as they prepare to take the Step 1 examination of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). During the final two years of the program, students are immersed in 1-3 month clerkships in various fields of medicine, including pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, radiology, neurology and psychiatry. Graduates of HMS's 4-year M.D. program are prepared to take the USMLE's Step 2 examination.

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences (M.D./Ph.D.)

Approximately 18% of Harvard Medical School students choose to pursue a combined degree. The school's M.D./Ph.D. 8-year program offers a basic sciences track for individuals interested in becoming physician-scientists and a social sciences track for those planning to integrate research and teaching. Students in the M.D./Ph.D. program can pursue a Ph.D. in a range of medical fields, such as biological sciences in public health, immunology, molecular and cellular biology, biophysics, neuroscience and virology.

Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health (M.D./MPH)

Harvard's M.D./MPH is a demanding, 5-year interdisciplinary program which focuses on fundamental public health issues, such as health services administration, environmental health sciences, biostatistics and epidemiology. Students are required to fulfill core requirements in one of seven public health concentrations, including health care management and policy, family and community health, law and public health, occupational and environmental health, clinical effectiveness, global health and quantitative methods.

Boston University

Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is a major research institution enrolling more than 600 medical students. In addition to the traditional Doctor of Medicine degree programs listed below, BUSM offers combination M.D. programs designed for students interested in medical engineering, public health and the business aspects of medicine.

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

The BUSM curriculum provides a solid foundation in the biological, behavioral and social sciences. Students concentrate on anatomy and physiology during the first year and pathology and pathophysiology during the second year. During the third year, students complete clerkships in pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, radiology, psychiatry and surgery. M.D. candidates complete their 4-year degree with a sub-internship in their specialty and advanced clinical rotations in geriatrics and ambulatory care.

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Medical and Dental Sciences (M.D./Ph.D.)

The 7-year combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program is intended for individuals interested in medicine and research. Students design an individualized M.D./Ph.D. curriculum, choosing one of nearly 20 sequences in the medical and dental sciences, such as anatomy and neurobiology, genetics and genomics, behavioral neuroscience, biophysics, biomedical engineering, immunology, nutrition sciences, pharmacology and oral biology.

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