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Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the dual degree programs must apply and be accepted into each program separately. Applicants are evaluated by each degree program in separate admissions processes. The College of Public Health application requirements include the following:

  • Completion of the SOPHAS Express Public Health application and submission of the application fee.
  • Official transcripts reflecting an earned bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.
  • The GRE is optional for all applicants, but it is highly recommended for any applicant with below a 3.0 GPA from their previous coursework.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references (letters must be on professional/institutional letterhead and signed).
  • A resume reflecting one or more years of work/volunteer history related to health and/or human services.
  • A one-page personal statement.


*All MPH concentrations are eligible for this dual degree program.

  1. Total number of credit hours is 187.5 to 190.5 depending on your MPH concentration. The dual degree is 33 to 36 credits more than the current PharmD (154.5)
  2. The program of study for the PharmD/MPH dual degree program is 4 ½ years.
  3. The PharmD/MPH program demonstrates integrity in meeting the educational standards of both accrediting bodies, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) (MPH).
  4. The educational experience for students and curriculum content is equivalent to that which they would receive if pursuing each degree separately.
  5. The curriculum developed aims to prevent unnecessary duplication of content while also maintaining the integrity of each degree program.

PharmD/MPH dual-degree students may take both pharmacy and public health courses in a sequence that meets the approval of faculty advisors from both the College of Pharmacy and the College of Public Health. PharmD credit hours transfer to the MPH degree to fulfill elective credit requirements, so students complete 33-36 credit hours in the MPH program, depending on concentration. The Applied Practice Experience (three credit hours) and Capstone Experience (three credit hours) will follow the guidelines of the UNMC MPH Program. The student’s MPH Capstone committee should include faculty from both programs.

Concentrations Areas:
  • Biostatistics
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Public Health Administration and Policy