Program Details


Designed to maximize graduates' opportunities in the public and non-profit sectors, the PharmD/MPH allows students the opportunity to complete MPH course work in place of elective course work within the pharmacy curriculum. Students begin at Drake in pharmacy and apply to the Des Moines University Masters in Public Health during the fall semester of the second professional (P2) year. The combined degree program typically takes an extra semester to complete beyond the pharmacy degree, rather than an extra two years if the two program were completed individually. Students who wish to complete both degrees in six years will complete MPH courses during the summer sessions. 
CPHS Pharmacy Outcomes

The purpose of the pharmacy professional program is to provide the graduate with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to engage in the entry-level practice of pharmacy. The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with competence in the following areas established by the Center for the Advancement of Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE):

1.1. Learner (Learner)
2.1. Patient-centered care (Caregiver)
2.2. Medication use systems management (Manager)
2.3. Health and wellness (Promoter)
2.4. Population-based care (Provider)
3.1 Problem Solving (Problem Solver)
3.2. Educator (Educator)
3.3. patient Advocacy (Advocate)
3.4. Interprofessional Collaboration (Collaborator)
3.5. Cultural Sensitivity (Includer)
3.6. Communication (Communicator)
4.1. Self-awareness (Self-aware)
4.2. Leadership (Leader)
4.3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Innovator)
4.4. Professionalism (Professional)

Click here to view the curriculum guide for PharmD/MPH students entering Fall 2018 and 2019. Note that beginning with the 20-21 academic year, PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics will be offered in the spring rather than the fall semester. Students should plan their electives accordingly (e.g. complete a 3 credit Drake Curriculum/General or professional elective in the fall instead of the spring) to accommodate this change.

Click here to view the curriculum guide for Pre-Pharmacy students entering Fall 2020 and Fall 2021. 

Curriculum Guide for Pre-Pharmacy and PharmD Students Entering Fall 2022


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First Year
BIO 012/LPre-professional Biology I & Lab (LIFE AOI)4 CR
CHEM 001/3General Chemistry I & Lab (PHSC AOI)4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors3 CR
FYS First Year Seminar3 CR
INTD 025Blueprint for Success1 CR
PHAR 011CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success)1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

CHEM 002/4General Chemistry II & Lab4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors3 CR
HSCI 141/LHuman Anatomy/Lab4 CR
MATH 050Calculus I3 CR
PHAR 031CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success)1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Second Year
BIO 095Medical Microbiology3 CR
CHEM 097/98Org Chem/Lab I4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec. (WRIT AOI)/Honors3 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors6 CR
PHAR 051CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

CHEM 108/10Organic Chemistry II & Lab4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors6 CR
ENG 037Public Voices (CRIT AOI)3 CR
PHAR 071CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR
STAT 060Stats for Life Sciences (OR HSCI 060) (CRIT AOI)3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 1
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors2 CR
PHAR 122Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I1 CR
PHAR 125Physiology4 CR
PHAR 130Biochemistry4 CR
PHAR 131Intro to Pharm Science3 CR
PHAR 144Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications 12 CR
PHAR 149Immunizations1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

PHAR 123Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II1 CR
PHAR 132Pathophysiology4 CR
PHAR 133Principles of Drug Action I5 CR
PHAR 138Pharmaceutical Calculations2 CR
PHAR 140Pharmaceutics I2 CR
PHAR 145Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications 22 CR
PHAR 171Health Care Systems and Policies3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 2
PHAR 134Principles of Drug Action II5 CR
PHAR 141Pharmaceutics II3 CR
PHAR 142Kinetics3 CR
PHAR 154Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I2 CR
PHAR 167Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III1.5 CR
PHAR 172Literature Evaluation Methods3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

DMU MPH 6--MPH COURSE (see course list below)3 CR
PHAR 135Principles of Drug Action III4 CR
PHAR 143Therapeutic Drug Monitoring2 CR
PHAR 155Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II2 CR
PHAR 168Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV1.5 CR
PHAR 169Self-Care and Non-Prescription Products3 CR
PHAR 190Therapeutics I3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

DMU MPH 6--MPH COURSE (see course list below)3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 3
DMU MPH 6--MPH COURSE (see course list below)6 CR
PHAR 174Management in Pharmacy3 CR
PHAR 175Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V2 CR
PHAR 184Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I2 CR
PHAR 191Therapeutics II5 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

DMU MPH 6--MPH COURSE (see course list below)3 CR
PHAR 162Pharmacy Law & Ethics3 CR
PHAR 173Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy3 CR
PHAR 176Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI2 CR
PHAR 185Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II2 CR
PHAR 192Therapeutics III5 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 4 (12 months/May through May)
PHAR 285Rotations22 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

PHAR 285Rotations18 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

DMU MPH 2--** See MPH Course List12 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Total Program Hours: 227

Program Notes:

Professional electives required by the PharmD program (5 credit hours) will be fulfilled by DMU MPH course work. P1 students entering Fall 2019 and prior were required to complete six (6) credits P-EL credits.
Students will typically apply for admission to the MPH program during the fall of the P2 year or after completion of 116 credits. The admission process and criteria are listed on the DMU MPH program web site: PharmD students are also required to include a letter of support from the Drake University CPHS Dean's Office or their academic advisor. PharmD students who have completed the PCAT are not required to complete the GRE.

MPH Courses fulfilled by the PharmD course work (credit given following the completion of the PharmD degree):

• MPH 657 – Survey of Human Health – 3 credits
• Electives – PHAR 171 and PHAR 172 will be transferred in upon successful completion to meet 6 hours of elective credit for the MPH degree.
• MPH 658 – Internship: PHAR 285 (Clinical Rotations) can be taken as the MPH internship (all MPH internship requirements must be met and the site and preceptor approved by the DMU internship coordinator) Note – students must have completed or received credit for 24 credit hours of their MPH program of study to be eligible to take the MPH internship.
Students may enroll in additional summer coursework while taking their PharmD and may complete final MPH courses after PharmD completion. A 7 year time limit for completing the MPH degree from the date of admission to the MPH program.

Students completing DMU course work are responsible for paying tuition for the MPH courses they take at DMU.

** Des Moines University MPH Course List
Core Courses
MPH 620: Introduction to Graduae School & MPH Program - 1 cr.
MPH 621: Overview of the U.S. Health Care System - 3 cr.
MPH 650: Basic Statistics & Research - 3 cr. 
MPH 653: Public Health Administration & Management - 3 cr. 
MPH 655:  Epidemiology - 3 cr. 
*MPH 657:: Survey of Human Health & Disease (Satisfied with completion of PharmD degree) - 3 cr. 
MPH 671: Community Research Methods - 3 cr. 
MPH 625: Health Care Financial Management I - 3 cr. 
MPH 651: Occupational & Environmental Health - 3 cr. 
MPH 652: Public Health Law, Ethics and Policy - 3 cr. 
MPH 654: Social & Behavioral Sciences - 3 cr.
MPH 645: Community Health Program Planning and Evaluation - 3 cr.
*MPH 658: Public Health Internship (With permission of MPH Internship Coordinator, may be satisfied with PHAR 285 rotation - 3 cr. 
MPH 660:  Public Health Capstone - 2 cr.
Total Semester Hours of Core Courses:  39 cr.
(*if MPH 620 Orientation was completed for 0 credits, core credits are 38)

Elective Courses
*PHAR 171 Elective (Social and Administrative Pharmacy) - May be transferred in as elective credit) - 3 cr.
*PHAR 172 Elective (Literature Evaluation Methods) - May be transferred in as elective credit - 3 cr.
Total Semester Hours of Electives: 6 cr. 
All MPH courses are offered online at least once/year.

Council on Education for Public Health accreditation:
The master of public health program at Des Moines University holds programmatic accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health. This programmatic accreditation is above and beyond the University’s accreditation through NCA, and shows a commitment to providing the highest quality education and adhering to the highest standards for operating a M.P.H. program. CEPH requires that accredited programs emphasize three areas equally: teaching, research and service.

Professional Electives Policy: Core curricula of CPHS degree programs may require professional elective courses that permit exploration of and/or advanced study in areas of professional interest within the student’s primary degree. Professional electives provide the student with an opportunity to not only pursue areas of intellectual interest, but also to develop an individual “brand” that may benefit them in their professional or academic future. Students who desire to have a non-approved electives count toward professional elective credit should apply for an exception to program policy prior to taking the course whenever possible. Professional electives must be taken for a grade unless the course is designed as credit/no credit. Students should refer to their degree audit for determination of the total number of required professional electives. Students should review the student handbook for the complete professional elective policy and details specific to their degree program.