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    East Tennessee State University
   
 
  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

PharmD/MPH


The Doctor of Pharmacy and Master’s of Public Health (PharmD/MPH) is an articulated dual degree course of study that complements clinical pharmacy training with additional in-depth training in public health. The Master’s of Public Health has five concentrations, all with competency-based curricula as required by CEPH. All five of these concentrations were selected for the PharmD/MPH articulation program: Biostatistics, Community Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Health Services Administration. Dual degree applicants will choose one of these concentrations. All MPH students must take and pass a comprehensive examination covering the five basic public health disciplines following completion of the public health core classes. Students in the articulated PharmD/MPH programs of study will take the examination during summer term, following the third year of pharmacy school.

Graduates of the PharmD/MPH dual-degree programs will gain a broader perspective on health, with a special focus on disease prevention and health promotion strategies. The public health training component will strengthen the student’s ability to conduct and interpret research. Students enrolled in the articulated program will develop knowledge and skills to address health and disease for the individual and the population levels.

PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Admission Requirements


Admission to the PharmD/MPH articulated dual degree program requires that students meet admission requirements of, and be admitted by, the Gatton College of Pharmacy and be recommended for admission to the MPH program by the ETSU College of Public Health (for admission to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies). Students pursuing the PharmD/MPH will be concurrently enrolled in both programs. Applicants must hold a bachelors degree or higher. Though the published MPH program application deadline is March 1st, PharmD/MPH applications may be made at any time throughout the year. In addition, though the regular application process for the MPH requires that the applicant make their application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (www.sophas.org/), dual degree applicants for the PharmD/MPH program should not use that service and should follow the steps outlined below.


Applications to the Gatton College of Pharmacy PharmD program must be made through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) at http://www.pharmcas.org/. Application requirements for the PharmD program are listed on the Gatton College of Pharmacy website at: www.etsupharmacy.com/prospectivestudents/admissions/requirements/ .
 

Applications to the MPH degree in the PharmD/MPH degree programs must be made through the ETSU School of Graduate Studies and submit:

  • A School of Graduate Studies application to the PharmD/MPH program, available through goldlink.etsu.edu.

  • Payment of the School of Graduate Studies application fee.

  • A personal essay of 150-300 words detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the PharmD/MPH program.

Applicants seeking admission to the PharmD/MPH program, as part of the MPH admissions process, must send a letter to the Assistant Dean of Admissions of the Gatton College of Pharmacy, ETSU (Box 70414) to permit release of PharmCAS application information to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Additionally, prior to beginning the MPH admissions process, applicants must send a letter to the MPH graduate coordinator (Box 70623) stating intentions to pursue the dual degree program and discussing career goals.

Applicants to the articulated PharmD/MPH program will be considered on an on-going basis. Admission to one program does not imply, nor affect, admission to the other program. Admitted students will receive two separate admission letters from the Gatton College of Pharmacy and the School of Graduate Studies. For Pharmacy students to be admitted and registered for classes in the ETSU MPH program, they must request that the College of Pharmacy send copies of their final transcripts and proof of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Students in the articulated dual-degree program will be held to the retention and graduation standards of each respective program. To be awarded both degrees, the students must complete the graduation requirements of both the PharmD and MPH degree programs, as scheduled.

PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Curricular Structure


Summer Between Second and Third Year


Year 3 - Fall Semester


Summer Between Third and Fourth Year


Note: Students must pass the comprehensive examination in order to begin Year 4, the “MPH Year”.


Year 4 - Fall and Spring


Biostatistics Concentration + electives listed below


Epidemiology Concentration + electives listed below


Environmental Health Concentration + electives listed below


Health Services Administration Concentration + electives listed below


MPH Concentration Elective Courses


Biostatistics Concentration (three of the following)

Community Health Concentration

Electives shall be selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and may be taken in any area appropriate to the student’s professional goals.

Semester Total: 9 credit hours

Epidemiology Concentration

Electives shall be selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and may be taken in any area appropriate to the student’s professional goals.

Semester Total: 9 credit hours

Environmental Health Concentration Elective Courses

Electives shall be selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and may be taken in any area appropriate to the student’s professional goals.

Semester Total: 6 credit hours

Health Services Administration Concentration

Electives shall be selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and may be taken in any area appropriate to the student’s professional goals.

Semester Total: 9 credit hours

Note: Students must progress to the P5 year in order to begin APPEs.


Year 5 - Summer, Fall, and Spring