The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences now offers a dual Pharm.D./M.P.H. degree in conjunction with the LIU Brooklyn, School of Health Professions, Department of Public Health. A government public health work force briefing in February 2017 sponsored by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) estimated that by 2020, an additional 250,000 public health workers will be needed to replenish a work force shortage that would leave the nation vulnerable to a range of public health threats. Pharmacists with extensive public health training are well-positioned for broader career opportunities in pharmacy practice, community outreach organizations, public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and research institutions in the private sector.
Students entering the first professional year in pharmacy (P3) have the option of enrolling in a predetermined sequence of M.P.H. coursework. Pharm.D. students must be in good academic standing and meet the minimum academic requirements of both the Pharm.D. and M.P.H. programs prior to applying to the dual degree program. If accepted, students must meet the academic standards of both the College of Pharmacy and the School of Health Professions. Having successfully met the admissions criteria, students will be accepted in the Pharm.D./M.P.H. dual degree program. The School of Health Professions, Department of Public Health, will handle the application process.
M.P.H. courses are embedded within the Pharm.D. curriculum as well as within the summer and winter sessions. Pharm.D. students will take M.P.H. core courses as a cohort and in their own dedicated sections during the summer session after completing their first professional year (P3). In the second professional year (P4), students will continue with M.P.H. courses during the fall and spring, and during the remaining winter and summer sessions of the pharmacy professional years (P4 - P6). During the P6 year, the PHM 699 APPE Selective requirement is replaced by two required M.P.H. courses, MPH 798: Public Health Capstone and MPH 799: Public Health Practicum, allowing dual degree students to achieve the required 180 credits in total. Upon successful completion of all Pharm.D. and M.P.H. requirements, students will be awarded both degrees. Pharm.D. students enrolled in the dual degree program will complete the prescribed program of study by the end of the final pharmacy professional year (P6) and will graduate with their Pharm.D. classmates.
Applicants must be full time first professional year (P3) students at the AMSCOPHS with a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative grade point average at the time of application AND at the end of the first professional year.
Applicants must apply, to the dual-degree program, in the spring semester of their first professional year (P3) in the PharmD program:
Submit a letter of good academic/professional standing in the PharmD program
Submit a personal statement
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Student and Professional Affairs (OSPA).
Students accepted into the PharmD/MPH program must change their major from PharmD to PharmD/MPH by completing a Change of Major form (The Brooklyn Campus of LIU, Admissions Change of Status from).
Program Information and Advisement
Students enrolled in the PharmD/MPH program will be advised by the College of Pharmacy on the PharmD program and PharmD courses and by the School of Business on the MBA program and MPH courses.
For more information about the dual program, please contact:
Dr. Jaclyn Novatt, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at 718-488-1234, Jaclyn.Novatt@liu.edu
For more information regarding the MPH program and course registration, please contact the School of Health Professions:
PharmD/MBA students pay the standard pharmacy school tuition for the four years of PharmD education and pay the standard School of Business tuition for MBA courses. Please refer to Enrollment Services for tuition for each program. (http://www.liunet.edu/Brooklyn/Enrollment-Services/Tuition)
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