Dual Degree Programs

Pharm.D. / MPH dual degree program

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) / Masters of Public Health (MPH) dual degree program provides students with the knowledge, tools, and skills to enhance their pharmacy and public health practice in the community. The dual program curriculum consists of MPH core courses, MPH concentration courses, Pharm.D. courses and Pharm.D. clinical education. This program is designed to train students who wish to seek careers in state and local health departments, pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, and academia. Other anticipated audience may include students who are interested in both areas and wish to integrate their public health and pharmacy practice. Students in the dual degree program will be able to obtain both degrees in less time than completing the two degrees separately.

Pharmacists are increasingly becoming important members of interprofessional teams with other health professionals. In community settings, particularly small towns and urban neighborhoods, it is important for them to understand the public health needs/aspects of community residents. These may include racial, ethnic, economic, and social disparities in the population; understanding social networks, and local environmental conditions. Social marketing for health promotion to local residents is also important and the pharmacists with public health training will be better able to contribute to the well-being of the community.

Curriculum Outline

  1. Total number of credit hours is 181.5. The dual degree is twenty five credits more than the current Pharm.D. (156.5)
  2. The program of study for the PharmD/MPH dual degree program is 4 ½ years.
  3. The PharmD/MPH program demonstrates integrity in meeting the educational standards of both accrediting bodies, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) (MPH).
  4. The educational experience for students and curriculum content is equivalent to that which they would receive if pursuing each degree separately.
  5. The curriculum developed aims to prevent unnecessary duplication of content while also maintaining the integrity of each degree program.

MPH Concentrations Areas

  • Biostatistics
  • Community - Oriented Primary Health
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Public Health Administration
  • Public Health Practice
  • Social Marketing and Health Communication

Application Information

Students have two options for application:  simultaneously with the Pharm.D. application (in which case students will be notified of their acceptance prior to entrance into the Pharm.D. program) or through June 1 of their second Pharm.D. year provided they are in good academic standing. To apply for admission to the dual degree program, the student must comply with the application requirements of the College of Public Health (CoPH) and indicate the student is applying for admission to the dual degree program.

Separate applications will be processed through both college admission systems and the decision for dual degree admission will be coordinated by the admission directors for the PharmD and MPH programs only after the applicant has been accepted into both programs. The student must indicate that he or she is applying for admission to the Pharm.D./MPH dual degree program, and comply with the application requirements of both the CoPH and COP and be admitted by both to qualify as a dual degree student. Admission into either program does not guarantee admission into the other program. If a student is not accepted into both programs during the dual degree application review, the student cannot complete the dual program.  If accepted by only one program, the student can attend the single program in which acceptance was granted. Students who have already graduated with the Pharm.D. or MPH degree will not be eligible for the proposed dual degree program.

A student who already is enrolled in the MPH degree program through the CoPH may apply for admission to the dual degree program provided the student has a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 and has not completed more than 18 hours of courses toward the MPH degree. To apply for admission, the student must comply with the application requirements of the COP and indicate the student is applying for admission to the dual degree program. 

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