Give-2The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has partnered with the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to offer opportunities for our students to combine their pharmacy training with public health or business training to take advantage of opportunities in those fields. These partnerships allow our students to earn dual degrees in Pharmacy and Business or Pharmacy and Public Health.

Pharm.D. + Ph.D.

While the School does not offer a formal combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. program, Pharm.D. students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. may choose to expedite their training by choosing elective courses from the graduate curriculum and by using a research clerkship to explore potential topics for dissertation and research.

Kenan-FlaglerThe UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, in partnership with UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, offers a five-year Pharm.D./M.B.A. dual-degree program.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is consistently ranked among the world’s best M.B.A. programs. Their M.B.A. students are supported in cultivating balanced leadership strengths that benefit the bottom line & the greater good.

When combined with our enriched Pharm.D. program, our graduates are prepared for highly competitive management and administrative positions in business, health care and pharmacy. Our dual-degree students receive their education from two schools that are among the leading institutions in their respective fields.

Potential applicants:

Students must first apply to and be accepted by the Pharm.D. program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In the fall semester of their second year in the Pharm.D. program, students can apply to the M.B.A. program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

*In order to be eligible for the M.B.A. program, students must have a four year degree. 

Current students:

To help ensure each student’s success, potential applicants should meet with the director of student affairs in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy before applying to the M.B.A. program. Information sessions are held each fall for current Pharm.D. students to learn more about the dual degree program and the application process.

*Students at the Asheville campus can apply for the Pharm.D./M.B.A. program, but must move to Chapel Hill for their third and fourth years in order to take M.B.A. courses.

Curriculum

The combined curriculum allows students to complete both programs in 5 years. (versus 6 separately)

Overview
  • Year 1: Pharm.D. curriculum
  • Year 2: Pharm.D. curriculum. Apply to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School during the fall semester.
  • Year 3: Core and elective M.B.A. courses
  • Year 4: Pharm.D. curriculum plus M.B.A. elective modules
  • Year 5: Pharm.D. experiential training
Courses

Pharm.D./M.B.A. Five Year Plan

Tuition

Tuition is billed by the school in which the student is taking the majority of credits each semester. The following calendar shows how students will be billed during each semester of the program.

Spring Semester
Fall Semester
Year 1
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Year 2
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Year 3
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Year 4
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Year 5
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Current tuition and fees at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Current tuition and fees at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Contacts

Office of Student Affairs

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
pharmacystudentaffairs@unc.edu

Stephanie Peterson

Senior Associate Director of Academics
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
stephanie_peterson@unc.edu

GillingsA shortage of public-health professionals in the United States presents opportunities for pharmacists. The Pharm.D./M.P.H. dual-degree program lets pharmacy students take advantage of those opportunities.

Program at a Glance

  • Earn both a doctor of pharmacy and a master of public health in five years.
  • Offered by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
  • Open to Pharm.D. students with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Apply in the fall of your second year.
  • The UNC Pharm.D. program is ranked number two in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The Gillings School is also ranked number two by U.S. News & World Report.

The dual-degree program grooms students to be health promoters and educators in their roles as pharmacists. As one of the most accessible health-care providers, pharmacists are well-positioned to help address public-health concerns such as immunization and chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma.

Students in the dual-degree program gain the knowledge of drug therapy and public health needed to plan, organize, manage, and perform medication-related activities within a specific public-health focus or setting.

Students who want to pursue the Pharm.D./M.P.H. must first apply and be accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In the fall of their second year in the Pharm.D. program, they will apply for admission to the M.P.H. program in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. If admitted, they will begin the M.P.H. program in the spring of their second year.

Students at the Asheville campus can apply for the Pharm.D./M.P.H. program, but must move to Chapel Hill beginning in the summer after their PY3 year in order to take M.P..H courses.

Profiles of admitted students

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Notes

The School of Global Public Health will accept PCAT scores in place of GRE scores for applicants to the dual-degree program.

Students will pay tuition to the pharmacy school for years one, two, three, and five. The School of Global Public Health will receive tuition for the summer sessions outlined in each department/program outline and year four.
A faculty member from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and a faculty member from the corresponding department in the Gillings School of Global Public Health will serve as mentors and advisers for students. The director of student affairs at the pharmacy school and the student services manager in each Gillings School department will serve as key contacts for the students.

The dual-degree program does not change the curriculum requirements for either the PharmD or MPH degree. Here’s how a student will progress through the program:

Year 1: Enrolled full time in the PharmD Program

Year 2: Enrolled full time in the PharmD Program

During the summer after year 2, you can begin taking MPH electives.

Year 3: Enrolled full time in the Pharm.D. Program

Year 4: Enrolled full time in the M.P.H. Program

Semester

M.P.H. (choose one department)

Epidemiology1, 2, 3
Maternal and Child Health4
Health Policy and Management5
Public Health Leadership6
Fall EPID 705 (2)
EPID 710 (4)
EPID 700 (3)
HPM 600 (3)
Substantive Epidemiology course (3)
MHCH 701 (4)
ENVR 600 (3)
MHCH 713/713L (4)
Elective (3)
HPM 470 (3) or BIOS 600 (3)
HPM 730 (3)
HPM 740 (3)
HPM 754 (4)
Electives (5-7)
HPM 701 (N/A)
PUBH 791 (3)
BIOS 600 (3) or PUBH 741 (3)
PUBH 600 (3) or HPM 600 (3)
PUBH 746 (3)
Spring EPID 715 (4)
EPID 716 (2)
BIOS 545 (3)
EPID 733 (3) or substantive course (3)
ENVR 600 (3)
MHCH 702 (4)
MHCH 712 (3)
MHCH 700 (3)
Elective (3)
HPM 789 (1)
ENVR 600 (3)
EPID 600 (3)
HBHE 600 (3)
Electives (5-8)
ENVR 600 (3)
HBHE 600 (3)
PUBH 735 (3)
PUBH 730 (3)
Elective (3)
Summer APPE from May through April (4 per APPE) MHCH 717 (6)
MHCH 718 (2)
HPM 704 (1)HPM 992 (3) PUBH 886 (3)
PUBH 804 (1)

Year 5: Enrolled full time in the Pharm.D. Program

Fall  APPE EPID 718 (3)
EPID 900 (4)
EPID 992 (3)
MHCH 992
Electives (9)
PUBH 992 (3)
Spring  APPE

 

1 – Substantive and SPH core courses can be taken in any order or combination except for BIOS 600.
2 – EPID 900 (Field Practicum) can be taken at any time.
3 – Some of the PharmD courses can transfer to the Epidemiology MPH as electives.
4 – Some of the PharmD courses can transfer to the MCH MPH as electives.
5 – One or more of the SPH core courses may be taken as electives during the first Pharmacy years. Some of the Pharmacy courses can transfer to the HPM MPH as electives.
6 – Some of the PharmD courses can transfer to the MPH as electives. The PACE elective course, The Leadership Challenge, might be used to waive part of the Leadership requirements.


Pharm.D. courses that could count toward credits for the M.P.H. program (8-12 hrs)

Required Courses Credit Hours
Biochemistry 1 (PHCY 421) 3
Biochemistry 2 (PHCY 422) 3
Health Systems (PHCY 431) 2
Drug Literature Analysis and Interpretation (PHCY 433) 4
Pharmacy Law and Ethics (PHCY 432) 3
Pharmacy Practice Management (PHCY 434) 3
Elective Courses
Independent Study – Latino Clinic (PACE 828) 3
Aging and Policy (PHCY 607i) 3
Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Managing Diabetes Mellitus (PHCY 608i) 2
The Leadership Challenge (PACE 830) 2
Interprofessional Teamwork and Communication: Keys to Patient Safety (PACE 836) 3
Aging and Health (PHCY 604i) 3
Pharmaceutical Policy (DPOP 806) 3
Experimental Design Considerations in Clinical Research (DPET 833) 2
Quantitative Methods in Clinical Research (DPET 831) 3

Public Health Leadership will consider: PHCY 431 – Health Systems; PHCY 432 – Pharmacy Law and Ethics; PHCY 434 – Pharmacy Practice Management; PHCY 607i – Aging and Policy; PHCY 608i – Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Managing Diabetes Mellitus; PACE 830 – The Leadership Challenge; PACE 836 – Interprofessional Teamwork and Communication.

Epidemiology will consider: DPET 831 – Quantitative Methods in Clinical Research; DPET 833 – Experimental Design Considerations in Clinical Research; PHCY 433 – Drug Literature Analysis and Interpretation

Health Plicy and Management will consider: PHCY 432 – Pharmacy Law and Ethics; PHCY 434 – Pharmacy Practice Management; PHCY 607i – Aging and Policy; DPET 833 – Experimental Design; PACE 836 – Interprofessional Teamwork and Communication; PHCY 604i – Aging and Health; DPOP 806 – Pharmaceutical Policy

Maternal and Child Health will consider:  PHCY 431 – Health Systems; PHCY 432 – Pharmacy Law and Ethics; PACE 830 – The Leadership Challenge; PACE 836 – Interprofessional Teamwork and Communication; DPET 833 – Experimental Design