University of Nebraska Medical Center

PharmD / MPH Dual Degree

Play an important role in the health of your patients — and your community.

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Why Study Pharmacy and Public Health Together?

Do you want to have a real and lasting impact on the health of your neighbors? As a public health pharmacist, you'll be creating a healthier future for individuals and families. Millions of people are alive today thanks to public health initiatives such as vaccination programs, tobacco restrictions and clean air and water standards.

Why Study Pharmacy and Public Health at UNMC?

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our College of Pharmacy in the top 10 U.S. colleges of pharmacy when comparing NIH research funding per full-time faculty position. And UNMC is globally recognized as a leader in public health. The PharmD/MPH program bridges the knowledge, skills and professional training of these two powerhouse programs and presents a vital, collaborative course of study.

You'll experience small class sizes and many opportunities to get involved. The curriculum is comprehensive and will prepare you well. And you can complete the MPH portion of the dual degree entirely online.

You can choose from seven MPH concentrations:

  • Biostatistics
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Public Health Administration and Policy

MPH Concentrations

Program Snapshot

Course Load
4 1/2 years
Omaha Campus or Hybrid
Start Date

Program Highlights

A Cost-Effective Way to Combine Two Degrees

You can transfer 6-9 credit hours (depending on your MPH concentration) between programs, allowing you to obtain both degrees in less time than completing the two degrees separately.

Flexible Format

The MPH portion of the dual degree can be completed entirely online.

Preparation for the Pharmacist Licensure Exam

Completion of the dual degree allows you to sit for pharmacist licensure examinations (NAPLEX and MPJE). Licensure requirements may vary by state.

Comprehensive Curriculum

The dual program curriculum consists of MPH core courses, MPH concentration courses, PharmD courses and PharmD clinical education. You can integrate your pharmacy rotations with your MPH experiential learning.

Application Requirements

All applicants must apply and be accepted into each of the two programs. You will be evaluated by each degree program in separate admissions processes. Admission into either program does not guarantee admission into the other program.

PharmD students have two options: You may apply to the dual degree program prior to entrance into the PharmD program or, as a current PharmD student, you may apply to the dual degree program by June 1 of your second year, provided you are in good academic standing.

College of Pharmacy Admissions

College of Public Health Admissions

Careers and Outcomes

The combination of MPH and PharmD degrees differentiates you in in a competitive marketplace and gives you additional skills and training to focus on population and public health careers.

Job Opportunities

  • Local, county, state or federal government agencies
  • Community health and immunology
  • Emergency response
  • Genetics research
  • Insurance and managed care organizations
  • Family and juvenile health
  • Faculty members for schools of public health, health professions and pharmacy
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Pharmacy consulting and medication management

Student Spotlight

Insights from Minden Huntrods, PharmD/MPH dual degree recipient, class of 2022.

Minden Huntrods, PharmD, MPH, class of 2022

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