The joint Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Public Health is a professional degree offered in conjunction with the nationally ranked UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. This is a five-year program that prepares students with the knowledge of drug therapy and public health needed to plan, organize, manage, and perform medication-related activities within a specific public-health focus or setting.
Students must first apply to and be accepted by the Pharm.D. program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In the fall semester of the second year in the Pharm.D. program, students can apply to the MPH program at UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health. Gillings will accept PCAT scores in place of GREs for dual degree applicants.
Interested students are encouraged to speak with the Pharm.D./MPH dual degree advisor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, before applying. This is an intensive commitment with students enrolled entirely in the MPH program in their third year, dually enrolled and completing programs from both programs in their fourth year and completing pharmacy Advanced Immersion Experiences in their fifth year. Dual degree students may experience limitations in pathway and elective options while they balance completion of both programs at the same time. The Pharm.D./MPH dual degree advisor can advise students in navigating the dual degree program, along with designated advisors within the MPH program.
The Pharm.D./MPH program is offered on the Chapel Hill campus as MPH courses are taken in the third year at the highly ranked UNC Gillings School of Public Health on the Chapel Hill Campus. Students on the Asheville campus are required to move to Chapel Hill for their third- and fourth-year enrollment.
This is a highly competitive program and enrollment is limited to five students per cohort. Please be aware, per Graduate School policy, students must apply to graduate for both degrees at the same time. Both degrees must be awarded concurrently, even if the requirements for one degree are satisfied first, in order to maintain eligibility for benefits of the dual degree program.