Medical Schools in North Carolina with Program Overviews

Jul 30, 2019

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

Essential Information

Several North Carolina universities have medical schools which offer a variety of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs, as well as dual degrees in several medical and biological science disciplines. Students can enroll in a 4-year M.D. program that includes the coursework and clinical rotations needed to enroll in a residency and obtain physician licensure. Ph.D. programs usually involve laboratory research projects and prepare graduates to work as medical scientists. Dual degree programs can lead to a career in medical practice, medical research or both, and they are available in fields that include business administration, public health and pharmacology.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) has one of the largest medical schools in North Carolina, and its medical school program is also one of the oldest in the state. The school's 4-year M.D. program includes two intensive years of science and biology and clinical case studies, followed by patient-care clerkships in nine major disciplines. Students finish their fourth year with intensive 4-week courses, a community hospital internship and five specialty electives.

Students also have the option to pursue one of several dual degrees that combine the M.D. program with graduate studies in a related field. One dual program awards a master's degree in public health, social science or medical science. Another option is the 7-year M.D./Ph.D. program designed for students working toward a career in academic medicine or medical research. Students in this program can apply the clinical studies from their M.D. toward doctoral research in fields like physiology, biochemistry, immunology, biomedical engineering and pharmacology.

East Carolina University

East Carolina University (ECU), located in Greenville, is home to the Brody School of Medicine, which focuses its efforts on training generalist health providers to meet the medical needs of North Carolina residents, particularly in rural and traditionally underserved communities. Students can choose from M.D., Ph.D. and dual degree programs.

The standard M.D. program features two years of intense basic biological sciences followed by clinical rotations and electives during the third and fourth years. Students pursuing an M.D. degree can enroll in a joint program that also leads to a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Another option is the M.D./Ph.D. program, which is crafted individually for each student. There are also Ph.D. programs available in the medical and biological sciences, including anatomy and cell biology, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology and toxicology and physiology.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Medical School Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 4-year, public; small city M.D.
M.D./Graduate Degree
$32,660 (in-state), $59,540 (out-of-state)*
East Carolina University 4-year, public; small city M.D.
Ph.D. in Medicine
$23,134 (2019-2020)**

Sources: *University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, **East Carolina University.

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