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

This degree provides a valuable set of knowledge and skills necessary to tackle some of the challenges in the current dynamic health care environment. The combination of strong clinical knowledge and skills focused in the area of patient drug therapeutic management obtained from the doctor of pharmacy curriculum would complement and enhance the strong knowledge and skills for enhancing and promoting public health and health promotion. 

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
  • Faculty members for schools of public health, health professions and pharmacy

Example roles for which a practicing PharmD/MPH would be specially prepared:

  • Conduct and participate in screening programs
  • Patient education and counseling related to disease prevention and health promotion (e.g., smoking cessation, wellness education, poison prevention) in pharmacies or other settings, such as elementary schools
  • Provide pharmacy-based immunization programs
  • Participate in disease surveillance of adverse drug events, potential drug interactions, patterns of over/underuse, and disaster preparedness
  • Provide accurate information on public health issues (including provision of literature)
  • Critically evaluate research studies, drug information, and pharmacy websites
  • Make decisions related to inclusions/exclusions from drug formularies
  • Design benefit programs, reimbursement systems, and prescription drug plans
  • Design and provide disease management programs
  • Participate in program planning, implementation and evaluation, such as evaluating appropriateness of prescribed treatment regimens, medication refill reminders and other compliance programs
  • Participate in public health programs sponsored by health departments, for example, disaster preparedness, and administering vaccinations
  • Advocate and develop policies for the pharmacy profession, for example scope of practice, regulation of pharmacy practice, and insurance reimbursement
  • Conduct epidemiologic investigations (pharmacoepidemiology)

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 for the term in which you wish to officially enter the MPH program. Apply early! We have a “rolling admissions” process.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the required courses of the PharmD program at the end of the second professional (P2) year
  • Standardized test: 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. Waived for students in the University at Buffalo pharmacy early assurance program.
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • 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

Questions about the MPH portion of the program?

Contact Kim Krytus at