PharmD/MPH – Dual Degree Option

Pharmacists are taking on a much larger role in patient-centered healthcare delivery, especially in managing chronic diseases and providing medical counseling.

A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is an advantage to pharmacists, who are increasingly expanding their capabilities to bring healthcare to the community.

PharmD/MPH graduates will broaden their knowledge and expertise about public health competencies. Public health can also help expand practitioners’ impact to a larger population to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Program Overview

The MPH Professional Option (renamed: Public Health Leadership in Fall 2020) is 42 credit hours with the potential to apply 9 PharmD credit hours, pending faculty review and approval. Courses are delivered online, allowing students to complete coursework any time of day. Experiential learning hours may also be eligible for application to both programs in certain circumstances.

Completion time will vary based on degree plan and enrollment pace. The majority of students complete the MPH program concurrently during their 4 years in the PharmD program. The MPH completion requirement is 6 years.

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Pharmacist Roles with MPH

  • Pharmacists become involved in providing public health services encompassing population health with a variety of other areas, including epidemiology, cultural competence, health promotion, disease prevention, and drug safety.
  • Providing estimates with beneficial effects and adverse effects of medication in populations
  • Combating opioid epidemic by working with federal, local government, and community organizations
  • Working for U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps: natural disasters or preparedness
  • Monitoring for unwanted effects and other safety-related aspects of drugs
  • Having stronger opinion in making policy decisions with evidence based data
  • Pay more attention to the current health issues that are happening around the world
  • Identifying prescription trends

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from a fully accredited institution
  • Admission/enrollment in the System College of Pharmacy PharmD program
  • An account and application in SOPHAS Express online application portal

Complete the SOPHAS Express application for the MPH Professional Option portion of the dual degree.

SOPHAS Express submission includes:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

Current students should also request the UNTHSC Registrar send official copies of your transcripts and test scores with the School of Public Health Admissions office. Newly admitted students should request the PharmD Admissions team share transcripts and test scores with the School of Public Health Admissions office.

Application Deadlines and Timelines

MPH Professional Option programs accept applications for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Online courses are taught in an accelerated 8-week format with five sessions each academic year.

TermApplication DeadlineFirst Day of Class
Fall IJuly 15thAugust 19th
Fall IISeptember 15thOctober 14th
Spring IDecember 1stJanuary 13th
Spring IIFebruary 15thMarch 16th
SummerMay 1stJune 1st

Estimated Cost / Financial Support

Estimated between $11,250 – $12,500, depending on enrollment selections.

UNTHSC administers federal, state and institutional financial aid programs including scholarships, loans and college work study. Contact the office of Financial Aid at: or 817-735-2505

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

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This page was last modified on June 11, 2020