The Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health program combines two programs, allowing students to earn two advanced degrees simultaneously.
The direct-entry joint Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)/Master of Public Health (MPH) program enables students to broaden the scope of their pharmacy training to include a public health perspective. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite courses may apply for the dual PharmD/MPH degree. Direct-entry students enrolled in the dual PharmD/MPH degree are able to graduate with both a PharmD and MPH degree in just five years, saving one full year of study.
- Earn two advanced degrees simultaneously
- Broaden your academic training to include a public health perspective
- Save time and tuition
- Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam, the only professional certification specific to the field of public health
- PharmD/MPH students use one of their advanced practice study experiences to complete their rotation in a public health setting
- PharmD/MPH graduates fulfill the same competencies that guide the MPH program and the PharmD program
There is a widely recognized need to increase training of students in an interdisciplinary manner or to be trained to participate in interdisciplinary work. The PharmD/MPH increases opportunities for pharmacists to expand their scope of practice and contribute to societal needs in public health. Need for public health pharmacists are expected to increase in areas including quality assurance, medication effectiveness, cost control, drug safety, and all-hazards planning, as well as in pharmacy education.
The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)/Master of Public Health program at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) through June 30, 2024. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE (until 2003 known as the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education) was established in 1932 for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy, and in 1975 its scope was broadened to include accreditation of providers of continuing pharmacy education. The mission of ACPE is to assure and advance quality in pharmacy education. ACPE is an autonomous and independent agency whose Board of Directors is appointed by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) (three appointments each), and the American Council on Education (one appointment). Since the inception of its accreditation agency recognition program in 1952, ACPE has been recognized continuously by the U.S. Department of Education, and it gained recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in April 2004. State boards of pharmacy require that licensure applicants from the United States have graduated from an accredited pharmacy degree program to be eligible to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination TM (NAPLEX®).
- Completed application via PharmCAS
- Three letters of recommendation
- Prerequisite coursework
- Official PCAT scores
- Transcripts from all institutions attended, including WES-evaluated transcripts for study completed outside the U.S.
- Personal statement
Application opens in July of year prior to desired matriculation.
Admissions deadline: May 1
Pharmacy and Public Health General Requirements
Doctor of Pharmacy Requirements
Social/Administrative Pharmacy Sciences
Required Practice Experience
Complete at least 2 semesters of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience/Co-op to meet program requirements.
Master of Public Health Requirements
A grade of B– or higher is required in each required MPH course.
Please visit the Electives lists of the Doctor of Pharmacy - Direct Entry or Master of Public Health programs. You may complete electives from another discipline in consultation wth your advisor.
This capstone will satisfy the capstone requirement for both programs.
The Northeastern co-operative education (co-op) model is the only program of its kind among U.S. pharmacy schools. PharmD/MPH students participate in up to three co-op experiences (two required pharmacy co-ops and one optional public health co-op), providing one full year of invaluable real-world experience. During the final year of the program, students complete Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) required of all PharmD programs. Of the six 6-week required rotations, one can be a public health-orientated placement. Additionally, in year five, students take a public health practicum in the fall and public health capstone in the spring.
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By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,300+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster that lifelong, global community of learning and mentoring.
"The healthcare field is always changing, and I expect it to adopt a broader, more general approach to population health in the future. My goal as a future healthcare professional is to contribute to this movement of promoting wellness by educating the public about ways they can stay healthy. I also hope to focus on pets, a neglected population in the healthcare field, so that pharmacists and veterinarians can treat animals as effectively as pharmacists and physicians treat people. Focusing on the health of the public—humans and animals—by improving counseling, education, and policy will improve the overall health of the public and decrease the number of sick patients, and consequently decrease the burden of healthcare professionals. With a PharmD and MPH, I feel I will be better suited to follow this passion and desire to broaden the field of healthcare.
"I am excited for a future utilizing a PharmD and an MPH degree. There are endless possibilities for how I can serve the population, whether I end up focusing on animals, people, or both. I do not see myself in a traditional pharmacy setting. I see myself solving worldwide disease outbreaks, or taking care of animals, or writing policy, or educating communities on how to prevent illness and disease, or a number of other things. This joint program gives me the opportunity to have a career that combines my expertise in healthcare and medications with my obligation to serve communities. It opens doors for a career that I maybe have not yet even considered. I know that with a Master of Public Health, my pharmacy degree will go much farther than it would alone."
PharmD/MPH class of 2019