Pharm.D. / M.P.H.

Program Description

For qualified students at the College of Pharmacy, Mercer University provides an opportunity to pursue a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree concurrently with the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The M.P.H. degree is earned through Mercer’s College of Health Professions.

The M.P.H. degree program is designed to transform students into competent, passionate professionals ready to tackle the complex and dynamic challenges of public health in neighborhoods and populations in the United States and beyond. The M.P.H. degree will complement the Pharm.D. degree in a manner that will broaden the occupational and professional opportunities of the prospective graduate in community, industry or institutional practice.

Program Outcomes/Objectives

The outcomes of the Pharm.D. degree program also apply to the Pharm.D./M.P.H. program. The M.P.H. program is passionately committed to the educational development of public health professionals who are prepared to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious diseases, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse and injury.

Admission Requirements

To apply for admission to the M.P.H. program, a Doctor of Pharmacy student must have completed a bachelor’s degree or 120 hours of college credit. At 120 hours of college credit, the Doctor of Pharmacy student is considered to have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in terms of a focused record of study.

Admission requirements for the M.P.H. program follow those outlined on the College of Health Professions M.P.H. program admissions website. M.P.H. program applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). At the time of application, students submit GRE scores and a completed application through SOPHAS Express, the centralized application service for public health.

Academic Advisement and Progression

Faculty in the College of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions provide academic advisement for students pursuing the Pharm.D./M.P.H. program. Students admitted into the Pharm.D./M.P.H. program are required to meet with the chair of the Department of Public Health, or a designee, to discuss the program requirements prior to enrollment in their first M.P.H. course.

Pharm.D./M.P.H. program students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and maintain good academic standing in the Pharm.D. program throughout their enrollment in the M.P.H. program.

While Doctor of Pharmacy students may opt to pursue the Pharm.D./M.P.H. program at any time during their Pharm.D. program enrollment and can complete the M.P.H. coursework at their own pace, they must maintain full-time status in the Pharm.D. program and must complete the M.P.H. program within five years of initial enrollment in the M.P.H. program.

Program Requirements

While completing the requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students may take courses in the College of Health Professions toward the M.P.H. degree. The prerequisite and core courses for the M.P.H. degree are available in the Atlanta Campus Catalog.

Select M.P.H. program courses can be used to satisfy up to eight of the professional-level didactic elective hours required for the Pharm.D. program. This does not preclude students taking professional-level electives in the Pharm.D. program, and students are encouraged to take advantage of elective courses offered by the College of Pharmacy that will further develop their knowledge and skills in specific areas within the field of pharmacy.

Three of the two credit-hour courses of the first professional year in the Pharm.D. program will satisfy six hours of electives in the M.P.H. program.

Both Pharm.D. and M.P.H. programs require students to complete service learning hours as part of each program’s curriculum. Service learning is intended to improve patient care and public health and expand upon the students’ existing patient caring and public health skills and knowledge.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Pharm.D./M.P.H. students pay tuition for both Pharm.D. and M.P.H. courses. More information about financial aid for the Pharm.D./M.P.H. program can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Planning.