(Pharm D/MPH) Coordinated Pharm D (Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy) / Master of Public Health Program 2016-17

Catalog 2016-2017

Program Description

This coordinated degree program is offered through the UAB School of Public Health and the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.  Students may focus their MPH in any one of four areas: (1) Environmental Health Science, (2) Epidemiology, (3) Health Behavior, (4) Health Care Organization and Policy or a combination (general MPH).  MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

The Auburn Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degree program is a four-year course of study that requires the completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum prior to enrollment and includes course work in biomedical sciences; pharmaceutical sciences; behavioral, social, and administrative pharmacy sciences; pharmacy practice; and pharmacy practice experience.  The MPH degree prepares students for careers to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations, locally and globally. These complementary MPH/Pharm D dual coordinated degree programs provide students with a fuller and richer perspective of community and global health issues including the epidemiology of disease, health behavior, the impact of environmental and occupational factors on patient health, disease progression, management of disease states, drug and insurance policy issues, patient access to drug therapy, as well as pharmaceutical social, legal and ethical issues.
 

Program Requirements

Students must complete the MPH Core plus 10 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required Pharm D curriculum requirements.  Twelve credit hours from the Pharm D curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours.  Students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. Out-of state online students pay the same tuition rate as Alabama residents.


Program Admission Process

Students entering the Pharm.D. program with a Bachelor Degree may enroll in the MPH program and begin courses during the summer term before they matriculate into the Pharm.D.

Students who enter the Pharm.D. program without a Bachelor degree, but plan to complete their degree requirements at Auburn University in the College of Science and Mathematics at the end of Fall Semester of their second professional (P2) year may still begin a MPH degree.  Since UAB typically requires a Bachelor degree to take graduate-level course, these students may apply to UAB as a “transient” (visiting student) in order to begin work on a MPH degree in the summer before they matriculate into the Pharm D. Transient students are designated as non-degree and typically remain enrolled for one semester – no more than two. There is no limit on the number of courses/hours for which they may register.  Otherwise, these students are eligible to start taking MPH courses during the fall of their P2, but would likely start during the summer following the P2 year.

Some students will enter the PharmD program prior to receiving a Bachelor degree; but, receive a BS or BA degree from their undergraduate university after completing some portion of the PharmD program. Since UAB typically requires a Bachelor degree to take graduate-level course, these students may apply to UAB as a “transient” (visiting student) in order to begin work on a MPH degree in the summer before they matriculate into the Pharm D. Transient students are designated as non-degree and typically remain enrolled for one semester – no more than two.  Otherwise, these students would be eligible to start the MPH Program after they received their BS degree from their undergraduate institution and would be eligible to enroll in the semester before they graduate with their BS or BA.

Those students entering without a BS degree and the PharmD degree becomes their first degree may apply during their final semester of the Pharm.D. program and then could start the MPH program either in the summer or fall following graduation with the Pharm.D. and would be allowed to count the 12 shared hours.

Students are admitted separately to the MPH and Pharm D programs.   Upon acceptance to the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy program, students will be accepted automatically to the UAB MPH degree program.  


Application Process

Students must apply separately to each program.  To apply to the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, please follow this link for step-by-step instructions: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/pharmacy/apply/index.html

To apply for the dual MPH, please apply through the Graduate School’s Apply Yourself online application via the following link:  https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.asp?id=uab-grad.  Select “MPH dual program” and then the MPH/Pharm D track.  Special instructions:

  • Test score field is required, so enter GRE and a date to advance in the application.
  • The reference letter field is also required, so enter three names from the PharmCAS application and select ‘no’ when asked if they will be electronic submission.

To apply as a transient student at UAB, please follow this link: https://www.uab.edu/students/admissions/apply


Curriculum Planning

Click here for Coordinated Master of Public Health/Pharm D (Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy)  / (MPH/DVM) Curriculum Planning Sheet


Contact Information

For additional information concerning the coordinated Pharm D/MPH program contact the School of Public Health at soph@uab.edu or Charles Woosley in the Harrison School of Pharmacy at caw0012@auburn.edu.