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PharmD/MPH Dual Degree

Work in the expanding world of pharmacy with an emphasis on community health.

Consider our PharmD/MPH dual degree. Learn to interpret epidemiology-based research, evaluate community-based health programs, and promote healthier populations locally and globally.

Why a Dual PharmD and MPH Degree?

The dual degree is designed for students interested in working in divisions of pharmacy emphasizing epidemiology based research, evaluation of community-based health programs, and the needs and issues affecting their health.

Do More

As a pharmacist with a public health background, you will be prepared to do more. Such as:

  • Participate in health promotion, disease prevention and pharmacotherapy
  • Participate in disease surveillance of adverse drug events, patterns of use, and disaster preparedness
  • Design and provide disease management and pharmacy-based immunization programs
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policy to provide safer medications to patients
  • Design benefit programs, reimbursement systems, and prescription drug plans
  • Participate in health outcomes research
  • Shape policy regarding inclusions/exclusions from drug formularies
  • Assess the effects of emerging health issues and policies on current health care, and provide care and services to promote the health and well-being

Competitive Advantage in the Job Market

You will be more competitive seeking jobs in many places, including:

  • public and private hospitals
  • Clinics and health care providers
  • Private practice, insurance and managed care organizations
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Local, county or state public health agencies
  • Public health governmental agencies (CDC, HRSA, NIH, FDA)
  • International health agencies (WHO, UNHCR, PAHO)

Students Receive the Expertise and Competencies Essential to:

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  • Comprehend population based care
  • Manage program planning and evaluation
  • Assess the effects of emerging health issues and policies on the current health care environment
  • Provide care and services to promote the health and well-being of local and global communities.

Program Highlights

In the PharmD program you will gain expertise and competencies so that you can comprehend population-based care; manage program planning and evaluation, assess the effects of emerging health issues and policies on the current health care environment, and provide care and services to promote the health and well-being of local and global communities. You will:

  • Design and provide disease management and pharmacy-based immunization programs
  • Participate in pharmacotherapy, health promotion, and disease prevention
  • Participate in health outcomes research
  • Help develop and implement policies to provide safer medications to patients
  • Participate in program planning, implementation and evaluation for various compliance programs
  • Shape policy regarding inclusions/exclusions from drug formularies
  • Conduct epidemiologic investigations
  • Participate in public health department programs, such as disaster preparedness and administering vaccinations
  • Design benefit programs, reimbursement systems, and prescription drug plans
  • Participate in surveillance of adverse drug events, potential drug interactions, and patterns of over/underuse

How it Works

PharmD/MPH students complete the PharmD/MPH Dual Degree in a minimum of 4 years of year-round, full-time study.

The MPH degree requires 42 units of study. Dual degree students earn 30 units from the Public Health program curriculum (generally over the course of two summers and a P3/P4 Open Block) and 12 units from courses relevant to public health from the College of Pharmacy curriculum.

Through your elective course in the MPH Program you have the opportunity to focus your degree in one of three concentrations: community action for health; global health; and health equity & criminal justice.

Learn more about the MPH Core Curriculum & Culminating Experiences.