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Doctor in Pharmacy and Master in Public Health (PharmD/MPH)


Program Overview

Pharmacy majors enrolled in the joint PharmD/MPH Program have the opportunity to take graduate courses in the MPH Program while earning their PharmD. Up to 15 credit hours of these courses count toward both their PharmD and MPH, allowing these students to earn their MPH in a shorter amount of time than it would take to earn it separately from their PharmD.

Complete coursework to earn two degrees

Broaden your academic training to include a public health perspective

Expand your professional tool kit


Students enrolled in the joint program take classes that meet the curriculum requirements for both a PharmD and MPH. PharmD/MPH students work with advisors from both the School of Pharmacy and the MPH Program to design a flexible program of study that enables them to use their electives strategically to begin graduate MPH coursework. Depending on your matriculation year into the PharmD program, the number of elective slots and the semesters in which they are available will vary. Generally, your program of study will include:

MPH core courses taken during most available PharmD elective slots

Please see the MPH Program Page for curriculum details. A maximum of 5 MPH core courses can be taken by undergraduate Pharmacy majors (Pharmacy majors are considered “undergraduates” until the summer of their P3 year).

A public health-oriented Advanced Pharmacy Practical Experience (APPE) rotation

PharmD students are required to complete 6 six-week APPE rotations in their final PharmD year. One of those rotations should be a public health-orientated placement that will count toward the MPH Program’s practicum requirement and should be taken during the Fall or Spring of the P4 year.


Once the PharmD is conferred, students remain enrolled in the MPH degree program, focusing exclusively on remaining MPH requirements.  Students have the option of completing the remaining MPH coursework as full-time students (requiring two semesters) or as part-time students, where length of program is dependent upon the student’s chosen course load.


Interested PharmD students have multiple opportunities to apply to the joint program. They can apply during the Spring of their P1 or P2 years.

Eligible: Undergraduate PharmD majors only
Deadline to apply: 3/15
Decision notification: 5/1

Please note that PharmD/MPH applicants should apply via Northeastern’s Apply Yourself system, not the SOPHAS application portal.

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Admissions Checklist

Click each required application item for more information.

Completed application

Completed application via Northeastern’s “Apply Yourself”

All applications must be submitted through Northeastern’s “Apply Yourself” application system. The $75 application fee is waived for current Northeastern students. Select PharmD/MPH for your program.
Official transcripts

Official transcripts

Applicants must send official copies of their current transcripts to the Bouve Graduate Office to be added to their applications. Information for sending transcripts can be found on the Bouve Graduate Application website.
3 letters of recommendation

3 letters of recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from the following:
  1. A faculty member in a public health-related discipline
  2. A second academic faculty member from the School of Pharmacy
  3. A professional reference from a public health experience (coop, internship, volunteer, other work experience)
Personal statement

Personal statement

Applicants must submit a personal goal statement that answers the following questions:
  1. What are your current pharmacy and public health-related career goals?
  2. How will a master’s degree in public health (specifically urban health) help you attain your career goals?


Applicants will be scheduled for interviews once their completed applications are submitted.

Contact Information

We welcome any questions you might have about our program. Please feel free to send general program inquiries and admissions-related questions to Dr. Shan Mohammed.

Shan Mohammed MD, MPH

Professor Mohammed is a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. He directs the Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health and oversees the program in areas of educational policy development, curricular design, public health workforce development and recruitment/outreach to public health professionals. The graduate program is committed to addressing a variety of urban health issues through interprofessional engagement. Dr. Mohammed also directs Interprofessional Research, Education and Practice Initiatives for Bouvé College of Health Sciences. He is a board-certified family medicine physician and fellow of the American Association of Family Physicians who has been involved in competency-based curricular design, implementation and evaluation for the past 11 years. He also completed a three year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse” Fellowship worked as a Co-Investigator on a Center for Substance Abuse Prevention funded grant “Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention in African-American Families” which focused on training of primary care providers in community health centers on brief interventions to improve parenting skills and reduce risky adolescent behavior. Before joining Northeastern in 2007, Professor Mohammed served on the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

1988 B.A. Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1997 M.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Cleveland, OH
1993 M.P.H. School of Public Health, Boston University. Boston, MA Dual Concentration: Social & Behavioral Sciences and Health Services

2007 Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
2005 Fundamentals of Management Certificate, Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
2001 Board Certified. American Academy of Family Physicians
1991 “Healthcare Delivery in Developing Countries Certificate” School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, MA


  • Public Health Workforce Development
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Primary Care Delivery

Parenting and prevention of risky substance abuse and sexual behavior among young urban adolescents


  • Community and Public Health
  • Principles and History of Urban Health
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • MPH Capstones (1, 2, 3)

Key Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students (undergraduate and graduate):
Students (undergraduate or graduate) are invited to explore the growing field of interprofessional education which focuses on improving individual and community health outcomes through improved understanding of various health professions, better teamwork skills, enhanced communication across professions, and demonstrating the highest caliber of ethical practice.

Faculty Page


Shan Mohammed MD, MPH
Program Director
312 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.7729

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