Dual Degree Programs

The Harrison School of Pharmacy offers innovative dual degree programs for students interested in either bringing clinical perspectives to research topics or learning about health care on a community or global perspective.

Pharm.D.-Ph.D.

Student looks into microscope
Program Description

The Pharm.D.-Ph.D. program is designed to prepare individuals for a career as clinician-scientists or to enable them to bring clinical perspectives to basic science research topics. It is anticipated that these individuals will be prepared for careers in government, the pharmaceutical industry, or academia.

Students in the program will complete the Pharm.D. degree in its entirety and earn licensure to practice Pharmacy in Alabama before transitioning into the Ph.D. phase of the program. Nonetheless, the program fosters the engagement of students in research during the Pharm.D. phase of the program and permits students to count some coursework toward both degrees. These features reduce the time to complete both degrees to approximately seven years (versus 8+ years if the degrees were pursued separately).


Program Requirements

HSOP Pharm.D. students may apply for entry into this dual degree program after completing the first year of the Pharm.D. program. The program anticipates enrolling 1-2 students per year.

Ph.D. degree options are available in a variety of disciplines in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development and the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.

Students in the program generally complete Pharm.D. coursework, Ph.D. coursework, and research experiences each summer after entering the program. Both P4 elective rotations may be used for research experiences.

To obtain the Ph.D. degree, students must complete an original research project and defend a doctoral dissertation, in addition to completing additional coursework beyond the PharmD.


Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are typically available to support students during the Ph.D. phase of the program. These give the graduate assistant opportunities for didactic instruction, clinical instruction, and direct patient care activities. Hence, these graduate assistants receive training experiences that allow them to be competitive for a variety of positions after graduation and receive a stipend competitive with that paid to PGY1 residents.


Application Process

Interested students should email hsoprgp@auburn.edu.

Pharm.D.-MPH

Student studies in library
Program Description

This coordinated degree program is offered through the UAB School of Public Health and the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. Students may focus their MPH in any one of four areas: (1) Environmental Health Science, (2) Epidemiology, (3) Health Behavior, (4) Health Care Organization and Policy or a combination (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

The Auburn Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degree 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. The MPH degree prepares students for careers to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations, locally and globally. These complementary MPH/Pharm D dual coordinated degree programs provide students with a fuller and 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, patient access to drug therapy, as well as pharmaceutical social, legal and ethical issues.


Program Requirements

Students must complete the MPH Core plus 10 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required Pharm D curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the Pharm D curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours. Students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. Out-of state online students pay the same tuition rate as Alabama residents.


Program Admission Process

Students entering the Pharm.D. program with a Bachelor Degree may enroll in the MPH program and begin courses during the summer term before they matriculate into the Pharm.D.

Students who enter the Pharm.D. program without a Bachelor degree, but will be completing their Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Auburn University in the College of Science and Mathematics at the end of Fall Semester of their second professional (P2) year may still begin a MPH degree. Since UAB typically requires a Bachelor degree to take graduate-level courses, these students may apply to UAB as a ÒtransientÓ (visiting student) in order to begin work on a MPH degree beginning in the summer before they matriculate into the Pharm D. Transient students are designated as non-degree and typically remain enrolled for one semester Ð no more than two. There is no limit on the number of courses/hours for which they may register. Otherwise, these students are eligible to start taking MPH courses fall P2, but would likely start summer between P2 or P3.

Some students will enter the PharmD program prior to receiving a Bachelor degree; but, receive a BS or BA degree from their undergraduate university after completing some portion of the PharmD program. Since UAB typically requires a Bachelor degree to take graduate-level courses, these students may apply to UAB as a ÒtransientÓ (visiting student) in order to begin work on a MPH degree in the summer before they matriculate into the Pharm D. Transient students are designated as non-degree and typically remain enrolled for one semester Ð no more than two. There is no limit on the number of courses/hours for which they may register. Otherwise, these students would be eligible to start the MPH Program after they received their BS degree from their undergraduate institution and would be eligible to enroll in the semester before they graduate with their BS or BA.

Those students entering without a BS degree, with the PharmD degree becoming their first degree, may apply during their final semester of the Pharm.D. program and then could start the MPH program either in the summer or fall following graduation with the Pharm.D. and would be allowed to count the 12 shared hours.

Students are admitted separately to the MPH and Pharm.D. programs. Upon acceptance to the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy program, students will be accepted automatically to the UAB MPH degree program.


Application Process

Students must apply separately to each program. To apply to the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, please follow the step-by-step instructions.

To apply for the dual MPH, please visit the UAB School of Public Health website for step-by-step instructions. Navigate to the dual degree section and apply through the Graduate School. Special instructions:

  • Test score field is required, so enter "GRE or PCAT" and a date to advance in the application.
  • The reference letter field is also required, so enter three names from the PharmCAS application and select ÔnoÕ when asked if they will be electronic submission

To apply as a transient student, visit the UAB Student Services website and fill out the form.

For additional information concerning the coordinated PharmD/MPH program or how to apply contact Hannah VanSlambrouck in the School of Public Health at hannahv@uab.edu or Charles Woosley in the Harrison School of Pharmacy at caw0012@auburn.edu.


Last Updated: November 5, 2020