The public health pharmacist can be involved in advanced pharmacy practice, health policy development, emergency and humanitarian response, public health leadership, global health, and much more.
Public Health Pharmacy students will benefit from education that prepares them for impacting policies, providing education to patients in order to manage certain diseases, conduct research on drug interactions/therapies, and alternative herbal medications at all levels – from the local, regional and state to the national and international levels – at the intersection of government, nonprofit and private sectors.
The dual degree option is an exciting opportunity for both schools and students to improve public administration, policy, and planning by bridging the knowledge, skills and professional training of these two important fields.
PharmD/MPH can influence prevention activities as well as prevention service delivery. For example, providing vaccinations to thousands of people over a large geographic area in a very short period of time. PharmD/MPH graduates can also work with screening programs to increase early therapeutic interventions in numerous chronic diseases states such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, obesity and hypertension.
Public Health Pharmacists work in a variety of organizations, including the Public Health Service Corp, Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Services, Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Job titles of some PharmD/MPH:
- MSHP President, Director of Pharmacy at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.
- Pharmacy Care Manager at Essentia Health, Duluth, Minnesota.
- Pharmacy Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Health.
- Past ASHP President, Director of Pharmacy at St. Croix Regional Medical Center.
- Pharmacist, Clinical Informatics at Epic.
- Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.
- PGY1 Health Systems Administration Resident, University of Minnesota.
- Clinical Program Manager, Specialty Pharmacy at CIGNA.
- Medication Therapy Management Coordinator, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.
The American Public Health Association looks at how public health and pharmacy professionals are joining forces in community health.