May 25, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (PharmD/MPH)

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The School of Pharmacy and the Master of Public Health program, in recognition of the rapidly changing health care environment, and in response to the growing demand for pharmacists who are knowledgeable in both pharmacy and population-based health care issues, have developed a dual degree program. The joint PharmD/MPH degree will enable graduates to be more responsive to today’s health care needs and will provide training for pharmacists who seek to be agents of change within the profession and to assume leadership roles in the pharmacy field and in public health at the local, state and national levels.

The PharmD and the MPH degrees are awarded simultaneously upon completion of the School of Pharmacy and the Master of Public Health requirements.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Students applying for the dual degree program must meet the respective admission requirements for each program. This includes having completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and having acceptable GRE and TOEFL or IELTS scores as applicable. Students will not be given special consideration for admission to either program because they are applying for the dual degree. Students may apply to the dual PharmD/MPH degree program in two ways. First, they may apply at the time they submit their PharmD application by concurrently submitting applications to both programs. Students who elect this approach must identify themselves on both applications as potential dual degree students. Students who are admitted to both programs will be offered admission to the PharmD and will be offered admission to the dual degree program contingent on passing all courses in their first year of the PharmD with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who are accepted by only one program may choose to attend that program, but will not be eligible for the dual degree. Second, students can apply to the dual degree by submitting an application to the MPH program during their first year of enrollment in the PharmD prior to the MPH published application deadline. Students who elect this approach must apply through the School of Pharmacy. 

Year III (P3) Curriculum

Required Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Courses:

Students will be required to register for the following IPPE course sequences as indicated in the schedule above. Students will need to register for the second course of each sequence until they have completed the 80 hours of IPPE associated with the first course of each sequence. Students will be given a grade of Credit (CR) in the first course of each sequence once the 80 IPPE hours have been successfully completed.


*Elective courses: Students MUST complete a minimum of 3 units of elective courses for the degree. Students will be provided a list of courses approved each year. 

**APPE courses are described below. Students may begin their APPEs in late March or early April of their P3 year and may be assigned to any of APPEs listed below.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

Students must enroll in a minimum of six 6-unit six-week APPEs for a total of 36 units. Some students will take their APPEs entirely in their P4 year. Some will take one 6-unit APPE starting in the spring of their P3 year (late March/early April). Students will return to campus the last six weeks of their P4 year.

MPH Curriculum

Students in the PharmD/MPH dual degree must complete 38 units of MPH specific course work (18 units of MPH core + 20 units of concentration course work). Relevant courses taken in the School of Pharmacy will be counted toward the MPH concentration elective requirement.

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