Pharmacy, Pharm.D./Public Health, MPH Dual Degree

Prepare for a career in health care by combining your Pharmacy degree with a public health framework

USJ’s dual degree in Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health is designed to prepare pharmacy students to better equip and strengthen the existing public health system where many pharmacy functions will align with essential health services critical to public health.

Pharmacy students will be prepared to apply skills and knowledge in the five traditional core areas (i.e., health services administration, biostatistics, epidemiology, behavioral sciences, and environmental health sciences) and the seven interdisciplinary/cross-cutting areas (e.g., diversity, culture, system thinking, interprofessional leadership, program planning) of public health upon graduation from the Pharm.D./MPH dual degree program.

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Program Facts

  • Asynchronous online format
  • Health equity and disparities focus
  • Apply 12 Pharm.D. credit hours towards the MPH
  • Complete the MPH capstone project the summer following completion of Pharm.D.

Program Advantages

  • Time and cost of completion are significantly reduced compared to doing the two degrees separately 
  • The dual degree prepares graduates for working towards public health with a strong focus on health equity
  • USJ’s supports an inclusive environment that encourage students’ ethical values, personal integrity and sense of responsibility to the need of society 

Pharm.D. / Public Health, MPH Career Outlook

A Pharm.D./MPH degree gives graduates an advantage in careers related to population health such as:

  • Public health emergencies 
  • Local, county, state or federal government agencies (e.g. department of health and correctional facilities)
  • Vaccinations and community health
  • Academic career in pharmacy, public health, and relevant healthcare fields

Program Curriculum

  • Required core courses (15 credits):
    • PUBH 515 – Health Care Systems and Policy
    • PUBH 502 – Epidemiology
    • PUBH 505 – Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
    • PUBH 510 – Environmental Health
    • PUBH 513 – Biostatistics
  • Required interdisciplinary/cross-courses (15 credits):
    • PUBH 530 – Health Disparities and Public Health
    • PUBH 523 – Community Needs Assessment
    • PUBH 525 – Program Planning and Implementation
    • PUBH 595 – Public Health Internship
    • PUBH 599 – Capstone
  • Three credit hours double counted for the following course:
    • PUBH 501 – Foundations of Public health = PHCY 700, Introduction to Health Care and Population Health.
  • Nine credit hours of electives from the Pharm.D. program


Kaydian Reid, DrPH
Assistant Professor of Public Health, Director, Master of Public Health
Phone: 860.231.5843
[email protected]

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