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Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (PharmD/MPH)

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Program Overview


The PharmD/MPH joint degree program prepares pharmacists who can dispense medications and manage disease states within a population-based public health framework. The knowledge and skills of pharmacists in pharmaceutical science and clinical pharmacy together with public health create an excellent foundation for graduates to seek positions in the health care system as it relates to pharmacotherapy and health promotion, disease prevention, and medication safety.  Pharmacists with this joint degree are prepared to:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policy to provide safer medications to patients;
  • Educate and assist patients to manage diseases such as diabetes;
  • Conduct research to better manage treatments for diseases such as cancer and HIV; and
  • Provide education on medication management, such as drug interactions between prescription drugs and herbal supplements.

Click here to view a complete description of the PharmD/MPH joint degree program.

Graduation Requirements


All students in collaborative MPH programs must meet graduation requirements of the MPH. A student must satisfy the curriculum requirements for each degree before either degree is awarded. Participants in this Joint Degree program must begin their studies in the College of Pharmacy and complete the first two years of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. The third year requires courses in the MPH program. During the fourth and fifth year, students may register in both programs concurrently.

The Joint Degree curricula provide for a total of 48 credits for the MPH degree and 146 credits for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree to be completed in five years. Twelve credits of professional courses (PharmD) are counted toward the graduate degree (MPH) and 12 credits of graduate (MPH) courses are counted toward the professional (PharmD) degree. The “shared” courses between the two programs are selected from a list of acceptable courses.

Click here to view the graduation requirements for the MPH program.

Admission Criteria and Process


Candidates for the program must:

  • Express their interest in the Pharm.D./MPH Joint Degree program during the first professional year of study and seek the advice and direction of the faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy
  • Meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to the Master of Public Health
  • Meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program in the College of Pharmacy.
  • Have completed a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy coursework
  • Have completed two years of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum prior to enrollment in the MPH program
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in the two years of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program

Note: The Doctor of Pharmacy degree does not require a prior baccalaureate degree as the educational requirements in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program exceed those for a baccalaureate degree.

Timing of Application/Admission


All application materials must be received by April 1st for the Fall semester. Pharmacy students should express their interest in the Pharm.D./MPH Joint Degree program during the first professional year of study and seek the advice and direction of the faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy who serves as Program Coordinator for the Joint Degree curriculum with the MPH program. Students should maintain regular contact with the Program Coordinator in the College of Pharmacy. The support and endorsement of the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy for the student’s application is required.

Students should feel free to contact Telisha Martin (martints@phhp.ufl.edu; 352-273-6444) or Abraham G. Hartzema, PharmD (Hartzema@cop.ufl.edu) if they have questions regarding the MPH/PharmD joint degree program.