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.

Semester Course No. Course name Hours
PharmD Year 1 3 s.h.
Spring HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
PharmD Year 2 15 s.h.
Summer CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health (online) 3 s.h.
Summer BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics (online or face-to-face) 3 s.h.
Summer EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles (online) 3 s.h.
Fall CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
Spring OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health (online) 3 s.h.
PharmD Year 3 17 s.h.
Summer OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine 3 s.h.
Fall EPID:6910 PharmacoEpi (Pick 1: EPID:6910 or EPID:5500) 3 s.h.
Fall EPID:5500 Intro to Clinical Epi (Pick 1: EPID:6910 or EPID:5500) 3 s.h.
Fall CPH:6700 Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3 s.h.
Spring CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
Spring CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
PharmD Year 4
Courses as needed. Both degrees conferred together in May.
MPH degree total 42 s.h.

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

Course No. Course name Hours
PHAR:8250 Applications I 1 s.h.
PHAR:8263 IP: Infectious Disease 4 s.h.
PHAR:8265 Applications II 1 s.h.
PHAR:8374 Applications III 1 s.h.
PHAR:8375 Advanced Topics in Health Services 2 s.h.
PHAR:8377 Integrated Pharmacotherapy Capstone 1 s.h.
PHAR:8378 Pharmacy Law and Ethics 2 s.h.
Total 12 s.h.


Summary of Requirements
Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
MPH Required 9 s.h.
PharmD Required 12 s.h.
Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
MPH Capstone 1 s.h.
Total 42 s.h.