Pharmacy, Dual Degree: Pharm.D. and M.P.H.

Admission Requirements

Pharm.D. Students Holding a Baccalaureate Degree: All students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university may apply for admission to the M.P.H. program. Students must meet the published admission criteria and complete the published degree requirements for the M.P.H. program.

Pharm. D. Students Who Do Not Have a Baccalaureate Degree: Students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university may apply for admission to the M.P.H. program and pursue the degree under the following conditions. During their enrollment in the two degree programs, students who do not hold the baccalaureate will be continuously classified as Provisionally Admitted for the M.P.H. program. Students beginning the final semester of the Pharm.D. program of study will apply for graduation. Students in good academic standing in both programs and eligible to receive both degrees at the end of the term will be reclassified as Fully Admitted to the M.P.H. program. Students who withdraw or are dismissed from the Pharm.D. program will also be withdrawn from the M.P.H. program regardless of level of degree completion or academic standing.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses will result in receipt of both a Master of Public Health (44 SCH degree1) and Doctor of pharmacy degrees (151 SCH degree).

Please note that 6 credits hours from Pharm.D. program are dual counted toward the M.P.H. degree. Thus, students receive a 44 SCH M.P.H. degree, although they only take 38 credit hours in the M.P.H. program.

Proposed Schedule for Pharm.D./M.P.H. Students

Curriculum for students with a minimum of 62 hours. Note: Through this pathway, students are admitted to the MPH program in their third year of the dual degree program.

Students are advised to take most of the core/foundational courses and all concentration-specific courses during the third year of the program. Any remaining foundational M.P.H. courses are taken during P3 and P4 years. Students will be able to maintain their Pharmacy Intern License while they are in the M.P.H. program.

Plan of Study

Students must choose one of the two tracks in the M.P.H. program: Global and Community Health or Research, Evaluation and Policy in year 1 of the Program.

Global and Community Health Track

P-1 Year (Year 1 of Program)
Required P-1 Pharmacy Courses36
P-2 Year (Year 2 of Program)
Required P-2 Pharmacy Courses37
M.P.H. Year (Year 3 of Program)
Fall (12 credits)
PH 601Intro Public Health1
PH 655Intro Health Policy2
PH 611Epidemiology3
PH 621Statistical Methods I3
PH 671Community Health3
Cont. Longitudinal IPPE
Spring (12 credits)
PH 641Social Behavioral Aspects PH2
PH 631Environmental Health2
PH 651Public Health Services2
PH 693Law and Ethics3
PH 662Control of Inf Disease3
Cont. Longitudinal IPPE
Summer (8 credits)
PH 672Global Health3
PH 642Health Communications2
PH 661Chronic Disease3
P-3 Year (Year 4 of Program)
Complete all P-3 pharmacy courses, including electives.34
PH 694Practicum (needs to be taken during spring)3
P-4 Year (Year 5 of Program)
Summer, Fall, Springs APPEs (APPE management elective required)40
Pharmacy Capstone4
PH 696Capstone (needs to be taken during spring)3
Total Credit Hours189

 Research, Evaluation & Policy Track

P-1 Year (Year 1 of Program)
Required P-1 Pharmacy Courses36
P-2 Year (Year 2 of Program)
Required P-2 Pharmacy Courses37
M.P.H. Year (Year 3 of Program)
Fall (12 credits)
PH 601Intro Public Health1
PH 655Intro Health Policy2
PH 611Epidemiology3
PH 621Statistical Methods I3
PH 615Health Sys Research3
Cont. Longitudinal IPPE
Spring (12 credits)
PH 641Social Behavioral Aspects PH2
PH 631Environmental Health2
PH 651Public Health Services2
PH 693Law and Ethics3
PH 656Topics in Health Policy3
Cont. Longitudinal IPPE
Summer (8 credits)
PH 616Clinical Trials3
PH 622Statistical Methods II2
PH 617Meth Comp Study3
P-3 Year (Year 4 of Program)
Complete all P-3 pharmacy courses, including electives.34
PH 694Practicum (needs to be taken during spring)3
P-4 Year (Year 5 of Program)
Summer, Fall, Springs APPEs (APPE management elective required)40
Pharmacy Capstone4
PH 696Capstone (needs to be taken during spring)3
Total Credit Hours189

Note: 6 credit hours of coursework from the Pharm.D. program can be used to replace the following M.P.H. courses:

  • PH 602 Public Health Biology  (2 SCH) - (Biolog Prereq + PHAR 542 Immunology and Microbiology (4 SCH). Dual Credit received: 2 SCH
  • PH 692 Seminar (1 SCH) - (PHAR 731 Case Studies (3 SCH)) Dual Credit received: 1 SCH
  • PH 686 Health Information Technology (3 SCH) - PHAR 622 Drug Info & Comm Skills (2 SCH) + PHAR 819 Long Care of Patient (1 SCH) Dual Credit received: 3 SCH