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About the MUSC College of Medicine:

  • The college has 24 departments which independently and collectively contribute to the education of future physicians.
  • The opening of the Ashley River Tower in 2008, has provided students at the college with the opportunity to train at one of the most innovative and and technologically advanced academic medical centers in the nation. Housing the MUSC Heart and Vascular Center, Surgical Oncology and the MUSC Digestive Disease Center, Ashley River Tower is changing what's possible in health care in our state.
  • MUSC's College of Medicine (COM) was the first medical school in the southern United States and was founded in 1824, with some of the college pioneers writing some of America’s first medical textbooks.
  • The College of Medicine enrolls 160-170 students each year into its four-year medical curriculum. The students are awarded a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree upon completion of the college’s academic requirements. A four-year integrated curriculum includes basic science instruction in all of the core disciplines and a wide range of clinical educational opportunities, which are closely supervised by full- and part-time faculty members.
  • The College of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences offers a Masters of Public Health degree with a concentration in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or Health Behavior and Health Promotion.   These degrees are designed to prepare the next generation of public health scientists, enabling students to develop expertise, research skills and practice opportunities in population health and prevention. Each MPH degree requires the completion of a total of 45 credit hours including coursework in a core field, along with an internship and capstone project.  The degree can be completed in four semesters.
  • The College of Medicine also allows students to apply for and complete an MPH degree in addition to their M.D.
  • Additionally, the College of Medicine, in conjunction with the College of Graduate Studies, offers the Medical Scientist Training Program which leads to an M.D./Ph.D. degree and also sponsors the Southeastern Predoctoral Training in Clinical Research T-32 program which leads to an M.D. and a Masters Degree in clinical research. 


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