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Dual Degree Programs

Pharm.D./Master of Business Administration (MBA)

In the midst of a rapidly changing health care industry, the Pharm.D./MBA offered by UH College of Pharmacy and the C.T. Bauer College of Business is designed to meet the needs of future pharmacists intent on pursuing career tracks in management, C-suite executive leadership positions or entrepreneurship.

The dual-degree program offers students the benefits of completing the program in less time and at less cost than pursuing each program separately. Each program allows a specific number of credit hours to be applied toward the other component degree of the dual-degree program.

For more information, please visit the Pharm.D./MBA page. 

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy Concentration) and M.A. in Applied Economics 

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. and around the world, creating a significant demand for skilled analysts specializing in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR). Given rising healthcare costs that are driven in part by skyrocketing drug prices, insurance companies, consulting firms, the pharmaceutical industry and medical device manufacturers, and academic and government organizations are looking for specialists with background in health coupled with economics to conduct cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses to improve efficiency in healthcare and drive the costs down. 

The dual-degree program for the Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy Concentration) at the UH College of Pharmacy and the M.A. in Applied Economics at the UH College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences presents complementary fundamental and practical knowledge and experiences to excel in HEOR career paths.

For more information, visit the Pharmaceutical Sciences-PHOP Concentration Ph.D./Applied Economics M.A. page.


Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology Concentration)

Please note:  Due to the additional academic and/or research commitment required of students, the college REQUIRES applicants to have successfully completed the first year (P1) of the Pharm.D. curriculum before being considered for admission into the Pharm.D./Ph.D. program.

The Pharm.D./Ph.D. program is designed for the highly motivated and qualified individuals who are seeking an integrated program in the clinical and basic sciences preparing them for a career in academics or research. By carefully structuring the dual degree program on a year-round basis, it is possible to complete the requirements of both the Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in seven years. Only a select few students will be able to meet the rigors and demands of such an academic endeavor. The degree program complements and not supplants the existing Pharm.D. and Ph.D. programs.

The Pharm.D./Ph.D. program is not a new curriculum per se; but rather a restructured program flexible enough for serving a combined purpose. The restructuring allows a student to complete both degree requirements in a shorter duration of time as opposed to entering each degree program (Pharm.D., followed by Ph.D.) successively. Furthermore, a dual degree program is focused in that it flows in a more clearly defined pathway than the traditional two separate pathways.

For more information, please visit the Pharm.D./Ph.D. section.