Medical Schools in Dallas with Degree Program Overviews

Oct 20, 2021

Dallas-Area Medical School Options

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, about 5 miles from downtown, serves as the Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth region's primary training ground for prospective doctors, medical researchers, and established physicians. This article looks at the school and its Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree programs. The MD can be earned alone or combined with master's degree programs in public health or business. The school also offers an MD/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program for physicians who want to work in medical science.

In addition to information on the programs, this article includes a table of basic facts about the medical school that prospective students should know, such as tuition and enrollment.

School Information

This table showcases information about this medical school in a format that could be useful to individuals who are considering which school is their best choice.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
School Type 4-year; public
Total Medical School Enrollment (2017) 2,238*
Campus Setting Large city
Medical School Tuition 2018-2019 $6,550 (per year) for residents; $19,650 (per year) for non-residents**

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

As 1 of 4 medical schools in the University of Texas system, UT Southwestern Medical Center has a total enrollment of approximately 3,600 students, clinical residents, and postdoctoral fellows. The center is composed of the UT Southwestern Medical School, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health Professionals. Every year the medical school enrolls approximately 230 students.

Faculty members at this Dallas medical school have achieved the highest honors in their fields. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 6 faculty members. The medical center also boasts 22 faculty members who have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences and 17 who have been inducted into the National Academy of Medicine.


The UT Southwestern Medical School offers 5 different distinctions for their MD program: global health, community health, research, medical education, and quality improvement and patient safety. The global health track can be completed in 4 years and includes 24 weeks of coursework. The program culminates in a capstone thesis and presentation. Students in the community health and medical education tracks will complete a pre-clerkship, clerkship, and post-clerkship over the course of 24-26 weeks.


This 4-year program combines the curriculum of the MD degree program with one provided by the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) for an MD/Master of Public Health dual degree. Participants must complete a core curriculum involving the study of biostatistics, epidemiology, community health, disease control, and the behavioral sciences, along with all clinical training requirements of the medical school. Shared courses between the 2 curriculums make the program more efficient and reduce time and costs; these courses include medical genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, and immunology.

Electives are available in public policy and healthcare financing, healthcare solutions, and community action research. MPH required courses include health promotion, public health management, environmental health sciences, and biostatistics. A culminating experience and public health practicum experience are required as well.


Offered in partnership with the School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, this dual degree program can be completed in 5 years. Students must complete the first 3 years of medical school training before completing the 1-year intensive MBA curriculum. After earning the MBA degree, students can return to medical school to finish their final year of clinical rotations.

The MBA curriculum consists of 53 credit hours with core courses in economics, accounting, information technology, and marketing. Upon completing this core curriculum, participants can design their own degree program and specialization. Some of the electives available are corporate financial reporting, negotiation, capital markets, and database management.


Also known as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), this 7-year program requires an additional 3 years past the MD program for dissertation research in a field of biomedical science. Typically, students complete the first half of the medical school curriculum and their graduate studies before returning to medical school for clinical rotations. Only 10 students are accepted each year, with graduates prepared for a career in medical research and academia.

Possible PhD degree tracks include cancer biology, clinical psychology, integrative biology, neuroscience, immunology, molecular biophysics, and biomedical engineering. Students can also specialize further in computational and systems biology, translational science, or in the pharmacological sciences.

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