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University of Iowa News Release

July 27, 2004

UI Offers Dual Degree In Pharmacy And Public Health

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and the UI College of Public Health have teamed up to offer a new dual degree program that enables students to earn a doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree. The Pharm.D./M.P.H. program will allow students in the UI College of Pharmacy to receive formal education and training in public health as it relates to pharmacotherapy and health promotion, disease prevention, and medication safety.

"The dual degree is a direct response to students' interest in public health," said Bernard Sorofman, Ph.D., program coordinator, College of Pharmacy associate dean for academic affairs and professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy. "By offering the dual degree, we wanted to give students the opportunity to expand their personal interests in this area."

Individuals holding the Pharm.D./M.P.H. dual degree will be able to work either as public health professionals with expertise in pharmacotherapy issues or as pharmacists in public health settings. They may serve in management positions in health care pharmacies, work as drug-use review specialists in managed care programs or serve as community pharmacists with involvement in community-based prevention programs.

"Pharmacists are working increasingly in the area of disease prevention and health promotion," said UI College of Public Health dean James A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H. "We are pleased that our two colleges are offering this dual degree training, because it will strengthen both community-based pharmacy practice and research."

Applicants for the dual degree must first be accepted into the Pharm.D. program. They must then complete 39 semester hours of the General Track M.P.H. Students may take the M.P.H. Practicum course (200 hour minimum requirement) at any time after they become eligible. It is anticipated that both degrees will be completed in four years.

For more information about the dual degree program, contact Mary Aquilino, Ph.D., at 319-384-5396 or mary-aquilino@uiowa.edu; or Bernard Sorofman, Ph.D. at 319-335-8795 or bernard-sorofman@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 384-4277, kate-gleeson@uiowa.edu