PharmD-MPH Combined Degree

This program is intended to provide students special expertise in public health as related to pharmacotherapy and health promotion, disease prevention, and medication safety. There are many areas where public health and pharmacy have interests and commitments that are related. Among these are: spread and treatment of disease, community health, immunology; bioterrorism, terrorism, and preparedness; genetics; insurance; managed care; family and juvenile health; and protection of special populations.

Graduates of the PharmD/MPH program will be able to:

  • Serve as a public health professional having strong preparation and competency to deal with pharmacotherapy issues
  • Serve as a pharmacist specializing in health care issues in a public health setting
  • Serve in management positions in a health care pharmacy
  • Be a drug use review specialist in a managed care program, or
  • Serve as a community pharmacist with involvement in community-based prevention programs

Graduates who possess the dual degree will have employment opportunities in:

  • Public and private hospitals and clinics and health care providers
  • Private practice
  • Insurance and managed care organizations
  • Local, county, state, or federal government
  • Public health governmental agencies such as CDC, HRSA, NIH, FDA
  • Colleges and universities


A minimum of 120 hours of undergraduate course work toward an undergraduate degree is required. Students must be admitted to the UI PharmD degree program to be admitted to the combined degree program. The cumulative grade-point average should be a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. One semester each of college algebra and biology is required for admission to the PharmD/MPH degree program. Candidates may be reviewed for each degree concurrently but the condition of acceptance into the PharmD must be made before final acceptance into the MPH program. For information on admission to the PharmD program, please see

The following is a sample plan of study based on being a full-time student. Please work with your advisor to choose a plan that works best for you.

SemesterCourse No.Course nameHours
  PharmD Year 13 s.h.
SpringHMP:4000Intro to the US Healthcare System3 s.h.
  PharmD Year 215 s.h.
SummerCPH:5100Intro to Public Health (online)3 s.h.
SummerBIOS:4120Intro to Biostatistics (online or face-to-face)3 s.h.
SummerEPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles (online)3 s.h.
FallCBH:4105Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3 s.h.
SpringOEH:4240Global Environmental Health (online)3 s.h.
  PharmD Year 317 s.h.
SummerOEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3 s.h.
FallEPID:6910PharmacoEpi (Pick 1: EPID:6910 or EPID:5500)3 s.h.
FallEPID:5500Intro to Clinical Epi (Pick 1: EPID:6910 or EPID:5500)3 s.h.
FallCPH:6700Public Health Emergency Preparedness3 s.h.
SpringCPH:7800MPH Practicum3 s.h.
  PharmD Year 4 
  Courses as needed. Both degrees conferred together in May. 
  MPH degree total42 s.h.

The following 12 semester hours of credit are accepted from the PharmD program:

Course No.Course nameHours
PHAR:8250Applications I1 s.h.
PHAR:8263IP: Infectious Disease4 s.h.
PHAR:8265Applications II1 s.h.
PHAR:8374Applications III1 s.h.
PHAR:8375Advanced Topics in Health Services2 s.h.
PHAR:8377Integrated Pharmacotherapy Capstone1 s.h.
PHAR:8378Pharmacy Law and Ethics2 s.h.
 Total12 s.h.
MPH Core18 s.h.
MPH Required9 s.h.
PharmD Required12 s.h.
MPH Practicum3 s.h.
Total42 s.h.