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:

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

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

  1. Public and private hospitals and clinics and health care providers
  2. Private practice
  3. Insurance and managed care organizations
  4. Local, county, state, or federal government
  5. Public health governmental agencies such as CDC, HRSA, NIH, FDA
  6. 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 are 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

MPH Core Courses (18 s.h.)

The following courses are required of students in the MPH program. Students are expected to earn ≥ B- (2.67) on each core course and must earn a ≥ B (3.0) cumulative grade point average on all core courses. When necessary, a student may repeat a course to achieve this standard.

Number Name Hours
CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health 3 s.h.
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 s.h.
HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.


Credits from the PharmD Counted Toward the MPH (12 s.h.)

Number 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.

Elective Public Health Courses (9 s.h.)

Credits must be selected from one area of public health that would include nine semester hours from one of the following departments or focused areas of study:

  • Biostatistics
  • Community and Behavioral Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Public Health Genetics
  • Health Management and Policy
  • Aging Studies
  • Maternal, Child, & Family health
  • Global Health
  • Clinical Investigation
  • Nutrition and Exercise.

Selection of elective coursework will be done between the student and the Pharmacy and Public Health advisors.

For students who started the MPH Program prior to Fall 2018:
Practicum Requirement (3 s.h.)

The experience from this course, including a final written report and a poster presentation, constitutes the final examination for the MPH.

Number Title Hours
CPH:7000 MPH Practicum Experience 3 s.h.

Pre-Requisite to MPH Practicum

Students must complete all of their MPH core courses and the majority of other MPH coursework prior to registering for the Practicum.

For students who started the MPH Program in Fall 2018 and beyond:
Applied Practice Experience and Capstone Experience Requirements (3 s.h.)

Number Title Hours
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience 1 s.h.

Pre-Requisites to the Applied Practice Experience and the Capstone Experience

Students must complete all core courses prior to beginning the Applied Practice Experience, and they must take the Capstone Experience course in their final semester.

Summary of Requirements for students who started the MPH Program prior to Fall 2018:

Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
Practicum 3 s.h.
PharmD Hours 12 s.h.
Public Health electives 9 s.h.
Total 42 s.h.

Summary of Requirements for students who started the MPH Program in Fall 2018 and beyond:

Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
Practice Experience 2 s.h.
Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
PharmD Hours 12 s.h.
Public Health electives 9 s.h.
Total 42 s.h.


In addition to mastering the core competencies, graduates of the combined PharmD/MPH will be able to:

  • Understand economic principles related to patient-level and population-level health care and describe the basic structure of the US health care system.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to multicultural factors involved in pharmacy care.
  • Provide public health related educational interventions tailored to the needs of given audiences.

Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on September 17, 2018.