PharmD/MPH Articulated Degree Program

Introduction:

The Doctor of Pharmacy and Master's of Public Health (PharmD/MPH) is a dual degree course of study that complements pharmacy training of clinician-practitioners with additional in-depth training in public health. The Master's of Public Health has five concentrations, all with competency-based curricula: Biostatistics, Community Health, Epidemiology, and Health Services Administration. Enrolled students will choose one of these concentrations.

Graduates of the PharmD/MPH dual-degree program will typically have clinical care responsibilities with a broader perspective on health and with a special focus on health promotion and disease prevention strategies. The public health training component strengthens the student-pharmacists ability to conduct and interpret research. Students enrolled in the articulated program will develop knowledge and skills to address health and disease for the individual and the population levels.

Program Structure:

The program is an articulated dual-degree program wherein students will complete the requirements for both degrees in the Gatton College of Pharmacy and the College of Public Health over the course of five years. The formal articulation of the PharmD and MPH programs of study will allow students to pursue both degrees in dual status with redundant content eliminated.

In the program, dual degree students will be allowed to count four of the six MPH core courses (for 10 credit hours; PUBH 5020 Philosophy of Public Health [1CR], ENVH 5100 Environmental Health Practice I [3CR], PUBH 5500 Health Services Administration [3CR], and PUBH 5200 Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health [3CR]) as elective credit toward their PharmD degree. With mutual permission by both Colleges, they may also be allowed to count the public health field experience (6 hours; PUBH 5850 Public Health Program Field Experience [6CR]) as an Advanced Practice Pharmacy Elective (APPE), where full credit for the APPE may be given by the GCOP for a College of Public Health-approved, non-clinical, public health field experience. Finally, up to 6 additional hours of pharmacy classes may count as electives in the MPH program upon consent of the student's advisor. These courses shall be determined with their advisor. Hence, the minimum amount of articulation in the program is 10 hours (four of six MPH core courses only, counting as pharmacy electives), and the maximum is 22 hours (10 MPH core credits counting for pharmacy electives, 6 field/APPE credits counting for both programs, and 6 elective MPH credits). There are no changes to the competencies for either degree program.

Requirements:

Students in the dual-degree program will be held to the program of study, retention and graduation standards of each respective program. To be awarded both degrees, the students must complete the graduation requirements of both the PharmD and MPH degree programs. For example, all MPH students must take and pass a comprehensive examination covering the five basic public health disciplines following completion of the public health core classes. Dual-degree students will usually take the examination during spring term, following the first three years of pharmacy school. Also, all MPH students must have a field placement experience that is non-clinical in nature. Dual-degree students will usually complete this field placement as a final year elective in pharmacy school.

A question that many prospective PharmD/MPH students have is, "which concentration makes the most sense for me?" The following links will provide details about the five different MPH degrees.

Information about the:

MPH in Community Health
MPH in Epidemiology
MPH in Biostatistics
MPH in Health Services Administration
MPH in Environmental Health

Admissions requirements:

Admission to the PharmD/MPH dual degree program requires that students meet admission requirements of both the Gatton College of Pharmacy PharmD program and the ETSU College of Public Health MPH program. Students pursuing the PharmD/MPH are concurrently enrolled in both programs.

Applications to the Gatton College of Pharmacy PharmD program must be made through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).  Application requirements for the PharmD program are listed in the Gatton College of Pharmacy website.

Application Process:

Applications to the MPH degree in the dual degree programs must be made through the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Some material will be shared between the two Colleges but the prospective student should still submit:

The applicant should complete and submit the School of Graduate Studies PharmD/MPH application form to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Enrollment (elliss@etsu.edu; Box 70414; ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy, Johnson City, TN 37614), along with payment and the 150-300 word essay outlining career goals as they pertain to the PharmD/MPH. This essay will serve as the applicant's essay for admission to the MPH program. By sending the PharmD/MPH application to the College of Pharmacy the applicant is permitting the release of PharmCAS application information to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies, and thereafter, the MPH Admissions Committee. At that time personal password protected PharmCAS application information will be shared with the MPH admissions committee, which they will use, along with the applicant's essay, to make a recommendation concerning admission to the dual degree program.

Applicants to the PharmD/MPH program will be considered on an on-going basis. Admission to one program does not imply, nor affect, admission to the other program. Admitted students will receive two separate admission letters from the Gatton College of Pharmacy and the School of Graduate Studies.

For more information, contact:

Michelle Reece, DrPH
Interim Coordinator, Master of Public Health program

College of Public Health
East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70623
Johnson City, TN 37604

423/439-6637 office
423/439-6570 fax