Format: Online, In-Class

The coordinated Public Health/Pharmacy degree program is offered through UAB School of Public Health (SOPH) and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at the Auburn University (AU) Harrison School of Pharmacy.

Students in this coordinated program earn an MPH with a concentration in Population Health. In this individualized concentration, students gain a solid foundation in public health through completion of the MPH core (based on the Evidence-based Public Health framework), an Applied Practice Experience (Internship), and an Integrative Learning Experience (Capstone). Students also select from among all master’s level Public Health courses (e.g., health economics, strategic planning, health policy) to build a unique curriculum that supports their career goals. Specialized advising is provided to assist students in designing their individualized curriculum.

The AU Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is a four-year course of study that requires the completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum prior to enrollment and includes course work in biomedical sciences; pharmaceutical sciences; behavioral, social, and administrative pharmacy sciences; pharmacy practice; and pharmacy practice experience.

This complementary MPH/PharmD dual coordinated degree program provides students with a richer perspective of community and global health issues including the epidemiology of disease, health behavior, the impact of environmental and occupational factors on patient health, disease progression, management of disease states, drug and insurance policy issues, and patient access to drug therapy, as well as pharmaceutical social, legal, and ethical issues.


Students may complete the MPH portion of this coordinated degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

Students must complete the MPH Core plus 7 credit hours of MPH elective courses, for a total of 30 credit hours. In addition to the required PharmD curriculum requirements, twelve credit hours from the PharmD curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree, for a total of 42 MPH credit hours.

Online students pay less than the out-of-state tuition rate for the MPH portion of this coordinated degree.

Download Sample Curriculum Planning Sheet (pdf)


Students must apply separately to the MPH and PharmD programs. Upon acceptance to the PHarmD program, dual degree students will be accepted automatically to the MPH degree program.

  • Learn how to apply to the PharmD program.
  • Learn how to apply to the School of Public Health. Students must apply to the MPH program through the UAB Graduate School. Select "MPH dual program" and then the MPH/PharmD track.
    • Test score field is required, so enter GRE or MCAT and a date to advance in the application.
    • The reference letter field is also required, so enter three names from the PharmD application and select no when asked if they will be electronic submission.
    • Once the student is admitted to the PharmD program they will be automatically accepted to the MPH portion of the coordinated degree once they submit their application to the UAB Graduate School.
  • Students should note that the Population Health program curriculum has been updated. If a student is submitting to switch from a different degree program or department into a Coordinated Degree or the General MPH in Population Health Degree, the student will be responsible for completing the current Population Health program requirements. Students should meet with the current program manager prior to submitting a petition to switch programs.


For additional information concerning the coordinated MPH/PharmD program, contact the School of Public Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..