Do you want to teach in a medical family therapy or marriage and family therapy program or in a medical school? Are you interested in becoming a policy maker for best practices in health-care systems?

The medical family therapy (MedFT) program at East Carolina University was the first of its kind in the nation. In 2005, East Carolina University created the first doctoral program in medical family therapy. At ECU, MedFT students conduct research, teach, and supervise from a relational and systemic perspective through the incorporation of a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach. The aim of the MedFT program is to widen students knowledge base in health care by furthering competency in biopsychosocial-spiritual and family based treatment via integrated care, research, and theoretical understanding of medical and mental health issues. The mission of the doctoral program in medical family therapy is to advance students learning in the areas of research, theory, clinical practice, leadership, supervision, and teaching in order to prepare and qualify them to pursue employment as researchers, educators, administrators, and/or clinicians in the field of medical family therapy.

ECU Advantage

The East Carolina University medical family therapy doctoral program graduated its first students in 2008 and was first accredited by COAMFTE in 2009 and reaccredited in 2013. Most of our graduates are employed as faculty in COAMFTE accredited programs at either the master's or doctoral level via marriage and family therapy or medical family therapy programs. Some alumni are teaching in residency programs within medical schools while others work at research institutes. Our alumni have remained active contributors to the field through peer reviewed publications and national presentations.

What You Will Study

There is no catalog data for this program.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.