Program Overview

Pharmacy majors enrolled in the joint PharmD/MPH Program have the opportunity to take graduate courses in the MPH Program while earning their PharmD. These courses count toward both their PharmD and MPH, allowing these students to earn their MPH in a shorter amount of time than it would take to earn it separately from their PharmD.

Earn two degrees at once

Broaden your academic training to include a public health perspective

Expand your professional tool kit


Students enrolled in the joint program take classes that meet the curriculum requirements for both a PharmD and MPH. PharmD/MPH students work with advisors from both the School of Pharmacy and the MPH Program to design a flexible program of study that enables them to use their electives strategically to begin graduate MPH coursework. Depending on your matriculation year into the PharmD program, the number of elective slots and the semesters in which they are available will vary. Generally, your program of study will include:

MPH core courses taken during all or most available PharmD elective slots

Please see the MPH Program Page for curriculum details. A maximum of 5 MPH core courses can be taken by undergraduate Pharmacy majors (Pharmacy majors are considered “undergraduates” until the summer of their P3 year). Direct entry PharmD students do not need to worry about the 5 course cap.

A public health-oriented Advanced Pharmacy Practical Experience (APPE) rotation

PharmD students are required to complete 6 six-week APPE rotations in their final PharmD year. One of those rotations should be a public health-orientated placement that will count toward the MPH Program’s practicum requirement and should be taken during the Fall or Spring of the P4 year.

A post-PharmD year of completing remaining MPH program requirements to earn your MPH

PharmD students matriculate into the MPH Program after they earn their PharmD at the end of their P4 year. They have the option to complete their remaining MPH coursework as full-time students over the course of two semesters, or they can drop down to part-time students, taking one or two classes a semester, until they fulfill the requirements for their MPH.


Interested PharmD students have multiple opportunities to apply to the joint program. They can apply during the Spring of their P1 or P2 years.

Eligible: PharmD majors only (undergraduate and direct entry)
Deadline to apply: 3/15
Decision notification: 5/1

Please note that PharmD/MPH applicants should apply via Northeastern’s Apply Yourself system, not the SOPHAS application portal.

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Admissions Checklist

Click each required application item for more information.

Completed application
Official transcripts
3 letters of recommendation
Personal statement

Contact Information

We welcome any questions you might have about our program. Please feel free to send general program inquiries and admissions-related questions to Dr. Shan Mohammed.

Shan Mohammed MD, MPH
Program Director
312 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.7729