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Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

East Tennessee State University

The Gatton College of Pharmacy and the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University provide an articulated, dual degree program where eligible students can obtain the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees concurrently in five years. Graduates of the PharmD-MPH program will gain a broader perspective on health, with a special focus on disease prevention and health promotion strategies. The public health training component will strengthen the student’s ability to conduct and interpret research and serve in an applied public health setting. Students enrolled in the articulated program will develop knowledge and skills to address health and disease for the individual and populations.


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher to be considered for admission to the articulated, dual degree program. The GRE may be required. (The BS in Pharmacy Studies may be an option for students entering the PharmD program without a bachelor’s degree.)


The preferred application deadline for the PharmD-MPH program is March 1 of the first professional year; however, applications may be accepted after the deadline. Applicants should first inform the Gatton College of Pharmacy Office of Academic Affairs regarding their intent to apply followed by submission of the following items to the GCOP Office of Student Affairs:

  •  A School of Graduate Studies application to the MPH program, available at the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.
  • Application fee will be paid to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • A personal essay of 150-300 words detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the articulated PharmD-MPH program.

 Program Structure

The PharmD curricular structure is available on the Curriculum page.

Students enrolled in the articulated PharmD-MPH dual degree program complete the program in three phases:

  1. Core courses (16 hours),
  2. MPH concentration courses (fourth year),
  3. Field experience (fifth year of program, concurrent with advanced pharmacy practice experiences).

Program Cost

GCOP tuition covers graduate tuition for the 16 hours of core courses and the field experience. Students pay graduate tuition for their MPH concentration courses in the fourth year. Students also pay fees for all MPH courses.

PharmD/MPH Curricular Timeline

A timeline for completion of both degrees is available here.


Typical progression in the dual degree program includes:

Fall of Second Professional Year:

HSMP 5020: Philosophy of Public Health (replaces pharmacy elective one)

Spring of Second Professional Year:

ENVH 5100: Environmental Health Practice I (replaces pharmacy elective two)
Summer between Second & Third Professional Years:

BSTA 5310: Biostatistics I

EPID 5400: Epidemiology I

Fall of Third Professional Year:

HSMP 5500: Health Services Administration (replaces pharmacy elective three)

Spring of Third Professional Year:

COBH 5200: Social & Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (replaces pharmacy elective four)

Students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to begin Year 4, the "MPH Year"

Summer of Third Professional Year

APPE 6101 Institutional Practice I

APPE 6102 Community Practice

Year 4 — Fall and Spring (MPH year):

MPH concentration courses and electives

Year 5 — Fall and Spring

Program Field Experience (concurrent with remaining PharmD advanced pharmacy practice experiences)

Downloadable Curricular Timeline

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