Pharm.D. / M.P.H.
For qualified students at the College of Pharmacy, Mercer University provides an opportunity to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree concurrently with the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The MPH degree is earned through Mercer's College of Health Professions.
The MPH 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 MPH degree will complement the PharmD degree in a manner that will broaden the occupational and professional opportunities of the prospective graduate in community, industry, or institutional practice.
The outcomes of the PharmD degree program also apply to the PharmD/MPH Program. The MPH 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 healthcare, controlling infectious diseases, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse and injury.
In order to apply for admission to the MPH 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 MPH Program follow those outlined in the College of Health Professions MPH Program Admissions. MPH 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 PharmD/MPH Program. Students admitted into the PharmD/MPH 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 MPH course.
PharmD/MPH Program students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and maintain good academic standing in the PharmD Program throughout their enrollment in the MPH Program.
While Doctor of Pharmacy students may opt to pursue the PharmD/MPH Program at any time during their PharmD Program enrollment and can complete the MPH coursework at their own pace, they must maintain full-time status in the PharmD Program and must complete the MPH Program within five years of initial enrollment in the MPH Program.
While completing the requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students may take courses at the College of Health Professions toward the MPH degree.The prerequisite and core courses for the MPH degree are available in the Atlanta Campus Catalog.
Select MPH Program courses can be used to satisfy up to eight of the professional-level didactic elective hours required for the PharmD Program. This does not preclude students taking professional-level electives in the PharmD 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 PharmD Program will satisfy six hours of electives in the MPH Program.
Both PharmD and MPH 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
PharmD/MPH students pay tuition for both PharmD and MPH courses. More information about financial aid for the PharmD/MPH Program can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Planning.