The Department also offers a combined MD-PhD program in coordination with the Medical School. Students must be accepted by both Penn Medical School and the Department of History and Sociology of Science, and must complete all requirements for both degrees.  The program has many advantages, integrating technical and historical training, and preparing students for careers as both historical scholars and practicing physicians or researchers.

Interested applicants can visit the Medical School website for general information about the MD-PhD program (which includes the option of earning a PhD in a relevant science), and can contact Maggie Krall, Director of Administration, or a member of the M.D./Ph.D. Steering Committee.

MD-PhD Program alumni include Erica Dwyer (2014), now doing residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, Elise Carpenter (2010) who has a Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Carla Keirns (December 2004), at SUNY-Stony Brook, Chris Feudtner (1995), who is now teaching in the department and on staff at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Jeffry Brosco (1994) now Florida Deputy Secretary of Health.  Luke Messac (2016) has completed his Ph.D. and is now completing his M.D., and Maxwell Rogoski is finishing his dissertation and then will return to medical school.