The World Needs

Learners and Leaders


A young woman worries whether the hot water in her family’s cramped apartment will turn on or if she will have to boil it to give her baby sister a bath. A career in medicine seems like a pipe dream, but it is one the woman holds on to as she applies to college. She is accepted and graduates summa cum laude, then applies to medical schools.

She chooses a small, intimate, community-focused medical school that was founded in 1975 with 22 students and one trailer.

A young man grows up with the privilege that comes from an upper middle-class upbringing, attending a top university before applying to medical schools. He has his pick of healthcare institutions and considers attending the oldest, the most well-known, or perhaps the wealthiest school.

He chooses that same intimate, community-focused medical school.

This is Morehouse School of Medicine.

MSM is known for graduating resilient, mission-driven students who are called to the highest standards of professional achievement and to serving the areas with the greatest need.

We are also one of the top educators of Black doctors and healthcare professionals in the country, with an attrition rate far, far lower than that of majority-white institutions. This is important because studies show that when there are more Black doctors, more Black lives can be saved — and the nation’s health improves as a whole.

“I became very focused on the idea of providing healthcare to the underserved. A lot of schools say they’re here to serve. MSM truly puts its money where its mouth is.” 

Sam Sheikali, M.D.



Master of Public Health (MPH)

Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS)

Master of Science in Biomedical Research (MSBR)

Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)

Master of Science in Biomedical Technology (MSBT)

Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSNS)

Master of Science in Medicine Physician Assistant Degree


Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences (PhD)


Family Medicine

Preventative Medicine

Internal Medicine



Obstetrics and Gynecology



The institution has more than 1,100 full-time and part-time faculty and staff, many of whom have been here for more than 20 years. During that time they have been heralded as leaders in teaching, research, and public policy.

These esteemed leaders frequently collaborate with such partners as Grady Memorial Hospital to serve the healthcare needs of Georgia through world-renowned centers and institutes. These include MSM’s:

  • Cardiovascular Research Institute
  • Neuroscience Institute
  • Prevention Research Center
  • Research Core Facility
  • Satcher Health Leadership Institute

Our faculty members conduct cutting-edge research. For example: Community Health and Preventive Medicine Professor Dr. Mary W. Langley was awarded $1.5 million by the Office of Minority Health to research ways to address opioid abuse in Dougherty County, a rural and vastly underserved area of Georgia.

MSM’s educators are also part of the most important and national conversations about healthcare and education. Dr. Tabia Henry Akintobi, for one, was elected to serve as Chair for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Prevention Research Center Steering Committee.



98% of MD students complete the program


More than 74% plan to care primarily for an underserved population, vs. the national average of about 34%


More than 71% of MSM’s residency program graduates choose primary care

Students entering medical school risk accumulating crushing debts that can hamstring them financially and limit their career choices. This is particularly true for Morehouse School of Medicine’s
students, who typically come from more challenging socioeconomic circumstances.

We as a nation cannot afford to discourage these future health leaders from pursuing jobs that can make the most difference.

So Morehouse School of Medicine is funding scholarships and seeking to establish a $75-million endowment that would offer free tuition to all students.

The number of black males graduating from medical schools in the United States has been steadily dropping for decades, a trend that hurts care for underserved populations and for humanity as a whole.

MSM has a proven track record of recruiting, educating, and training black males to become the culturally competent, mission-driven practitioners the nation needs most.

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