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PharmD/MPH

Through this five-year program, you will earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree. The multidisciplinary program integrates the skills and knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice with public health, health promotion, disease investigation, chronic disease prevention, and medication safety.

Career Opportunities

Prepares students for public health positions in...

  • Local, county, state, or federal government agencies
  • Community health and immunology
  • Emergency response
  • Genetics research
  • Insurance and managed care organizations
  • Family and juvenile health

Course of Study

How to Apply

Prospective candidates must submit separate applications and be admitted to the MPH program and to the PharmD program according to the procedures and standards of the individual schools.

  • Apply to the MPH program during the second professional (P2) year by January 15 prior to the third professional (P3) year of the PharmD program.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the required courses of the PharmD program at the end of the second professional (P2) year
  • GRE or PCAT completed by the end of the first semester of the P2 year and within 5 years of application to the MPH program. GRE verbal and quantitative score over the 50th percentile. The GRE is waived for persons with an MD, PhD or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited American university.
  • Two letters of recommendation – preferably at least one should be from a former faculty person who can address the applicant’s record.
  • Personal statement
  • International applicants: TOEFL examination with a minimum acceptable score of 600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the internet-based test; or demonstration of proficiency in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The required minimum IELTS score is 7.5 overall. The IELTS score must be dated within two years of the time the student will enroll.  Only the official original IELTS score report is acceptable; photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Applicants who do not have at least two semesters of successful course work in calculus will be required to take additional courses in mathematics before being admitted. Prior coursework in advanced calculus and statistics is desirable, but not essential.
  • Note: Bachelor’s degree is NOT required for PharmD candidates.

Select an area of concentration:

  • Community Health and Health Behavior - The study of the actions of individuals, groups and organizations which promote health and prevent disease and injury.
  • Epidemiology - The study of factors which influence the determination and distribution of diseases.
  • Health Services Administration - the area involving public health management, practice and policy

Questions about the PharmD portion of the program?

Contact David Jacobs, PharmD, at dmjacobs@buffalo.edu.

Questions about the MPH portion of the program?

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