Bridge Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice Dual Title Program

This dual title program is designed to develop the ability to apply public health theory and practice in analyzing community health problems and health care delivery services. Students will earn both a PharmD and a Bridge Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice (BGCPHP), which provides a valuable foundation in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health and the social basis of health care. Courses taken in the dual title program are credited towards the Wayne State University master of public health (MPH) degree, and students are able to pursue remaining coursework for the MPH degree following completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program if they choose.


Doctor of Pharmacy students must meet the following requirements to apply for admission to the BGCPHP program:
  • Second-year (P2) status
  • Bachelor of health science or other undergraduate degree
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Admission Requirements

PharmD students should apply for admission to the BGCPHP program in the fall of their P2 year. Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Wayne State University Graduate School and School of Medicine. Admission information is available at

Applications must include:

  • Personal statement (< 500 words) describing your reasons for applying to the BGCPHP program, interest and background in the field of public health, and long-term academic and professional goals
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • All college transcripts, including PharmD coursework

Demonstration of English proficiency within the last two years

Applicants who graduated from non-US colleges or universities are required to demonstrate English proficiency either by completing a degree at an accredited US institution or in a country where English is the native language; or by passing the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or equivalent test such as the International English Language Test System (IELTS).

Program Description

Students will take BGCPHP coursework concurrently with the Doctor of Pharmacy coursework. A total of 15 credits are required in the certificate program, consisting of 12 foundational coursework credits and 3 elective credits.

Required Foundational Coursework (12 credits total)

  • FPH 7015 Biostatistics (3 cr)
  • FPH 7240 Epidemiology (3 cr)
  • FPH 7320 Social Basis of Health (3 cr)
  • FPH 7420 Principles of Environmental Health (3 cr)

Elective Coursework (3 credits total)

Approved elective coursework is dually counted toward both the certificate and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The elective requirement is met by earning a passing grade in two of the following PharmD courses: 

  • PPR 6180 Advanced Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2 cr)
  • PPR 6235 Population-Based Medication Management (2 cr)
  • PPR 6245 Professional Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2 cr)
  • PPR 7225 Vaccines in Clinical and Public Health Practice (2 cr)