Meharry announces joined M.D./Ph.D. program with University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Health Care Management

Meharry Medical College and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Health Care Management (HCM) Department have announced a joined M.D./Ph.D. program to foster more diversity in health care that will launch in 2021. The partnership represents the first of its kind for both institutions and will create new opportunities for students interested in clinical practice and policy administration.


“It is an honor for Meharry to continue its legacy of service by amplifying the voices of those involved in health care and health policy throughout minority communities,” said James E.K. Hildreth Sr., Ph.D., M.D., president and CEO of Meharry. “We are thrilled to unite with a prominent institution such as the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Health Care Management to take essential steps to diversify the landscape of the health care workforce.”


The new Meharry/Wharton alliance serves as a continuance of a long-time collaboration between Wharton, Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and Meharry’s Center for Health Policy. The joined M.D./Ph.D. program will further both institutions’ efforts to bolster minority influence in health care and increase participation by members of underrepresented communities in health research.


Since 2012, Meharry’s leadership team has been involved in LDI’s annual Summer Undergraduate Minority Research program which provides undergraduate students from underrepresented groups with the opportunity to participate in a summer research and mentorship program. This ongoing collaboration influenced the development of the joined M.D./Ph.D. program.


“Fostering a more diverse health care arena has been Meharry Medical College’s goal since our founding,” said Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy at Meharry A. Dexter Samuels, Ph.D., MHA. “We are proud of the collaboration we have maintained with LDI over the years, and this agreement is another example of our combined efforts to change the landscape of the health care workforce.”