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Old Yesterday, 05:18 PM
 
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The doctors business card has their first name, middle initial, last name and then:
DO, MPH

What do those designate.

It's a friends doctor so we can not ask the doctor and the patient does not want to ask either.
Anyone know what the letters mean?
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Old Yesterday, 05:23 PM
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Doctor of Osteopathy

Master of Public Health
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Old Yesterday, 05:24 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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The DO means the physician is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine,



https://osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/


and the MPH means he/she also has a Master's degree in Public Health.
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Old Yesterday, 05:24 PM
 
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MPH is a graduate degree that a lot of universities offer. You don't have to be a doctor to have it. Not sure what value it adds to this doctor's practice.
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Old Yesterday, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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The health care provider has 2 advanced degrees

D.O. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

M.P.H. Masters in Public Health
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Old Yesterday, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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MPH is a graduate degree that a lot of universities offer. You don't have to be a doctor to have it. Not sure what value it adds to this doctor's practice.
Of more importance is whether he/she is board certified. I suspect not or they would have that designation after their name rather than the MPH
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Old Yesterday, 07:15 PM
 
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Of more importance is whether he/she is board certified. I suspect not or they would have that designation after their name rather than the MPH
Probably not. Board certification would be added to the alphabet soup.

In the past, DOs could only practice in Osteopathic hospitals. They practice medicine with a form and function bent.

They are recognized today as doctors, the same as MDs
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Old Yesterday, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Of more importance is whether he/she is board certified. I suspect not or they would have that designation after their name rather than the MPH
Depends on the specialty (and the individual), but Board certification is often not listed after a physician's name. Many physicians I know do not include this information on their business cards, letterhead etc, but do have it documented in their online profiles, for example.

The ones I tend to see use it most are General Surgeons and sub specialists, who will often list FACS (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) as a post nominal title.
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Old Yesterday, 07:29 PM
 
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Mo Money.
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Old Yesterday, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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Can you explain a "form and function bent" please ? I am not sure I want an osteopathic doctor, but want more information if anyone can recommend the practice of osteopathy, and why. thx
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