Dual Degree Program

Are you a highly motivated and qualified pharmacy student, interested in research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences or who wants to obtain additional business, public health or gerontology experience?

The Dual Degree program takes advantage of efficiencies in both the professional and graduate programs while maintaining sufficient rigor, scope, and depth.

Currently, the following dual degrees are offered jointly with the VCU School of Medicine, VCU School of Business and VCU School of Allied Health:

Pharm.D./Ph.D

This program combines the highest degrees available in pharmacy and research education.  Graduates attain strong research and analysis capabilities in addition to their clinical skills. View the Pharm.D./Ph.D bulletin to see more up to date information.

Completion Time:

2-3 years in addition to the 4-year Pharm.D. degree (6 - 7 years total)

Career Opportunities:

Prepares individuals for opportunities as a scientist and clinician.  Many of the highest level officials in government, academia, consulting, and industry have Ph.D’s.  The skills associated with this degree are highly sought by employers. Career opportunities are global.

Learn more about the Pharm.D./Ph.D program and view the Pharm.D/Ph.D outline at these links, then contact Dr. Elvin Price if you have further questions.

Pharm.D./M.B.A.

This program combines the PharmD with the Masters in Business Administration.   Graduates receive training in finance, accounting, marketing, management, and other fields of business. View the Pharm.D./M.B.A bulletin to see more up to date information.

Completion Time:

1 -2 years in addition to the 4-year Pharm.D. degree (5 - 6 years total)

Career Opportunities:

Prepares individuals for managerial positions in any business including pharmacy and health care. Careers include director of pharmacy, health system management, corporate chain pharmacy management, entrepreneurial business opportunities, pharmaceutical industry management, and governmental positions.

Contact Dr. David Holdford to learn more or read more about Pharm.D./M.B.A.

Pharm.D./M.P.H.

This program combines the Pharm.D. with the Master's in Public Health.  Graduates attain additional skills in population health care and data analytics. View the Pharm.D./M.P.H. bulletin to see more up to date information.

Completion Time:

1 year in addition to the 4-year Pharm.D. degree (5 Years total)

Career Opportunities:

Prepares individuals for pharmacy careers with a population health focus and for leadership roles at the local, state and national levels.  Graduates gain expertise in conducting research in hospital- and community-based settings.

Contact Dr. Pramit Nadpara to learn more or read more about Pharm.D./M.P.H.

Pharm.D./Certificate in Aging Studies

This program combines the Pharm.D. with the graduate certificate in Aging Studies in the Department of Gerontology.  Graduates receive education in social, cultural, psychological, cognitive, and biological aspects of aging in an interdisciplinary environment. View the Pharm.D./Certificate in Aging Studies bulletin to see more up to date information.

Completion Time:

No additional time to the 4-year Pharm.D. degree (4 years total)

Career Opportunities:

Prepares individuals to better care for an aging population in all healthcare settings. Diverse careers are available for those with a passion to serve the elder generation.

Contact Dr. Krista Donohoe to learn more or read more about Pharm.D./Certificate in Aging Studies.

Pharm.D./Certificate in Clinical Research

The postbaccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Research educates students in the conduct of clinical (human) research studies and trials. The certificate focuses upon foundational knowledge and skills necessary to understand: basic clinical research and trial study design, statistics and data management; ethical principles to respect and protect the rights and welfare of individuals participating in clinical research; and select regulations and guidelines to guide activities related to new biopharmaceutical and medical device product development.
Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding to organize, coordinate and administer clinical research studies and trials by working with participants in a culturally-aware manner, supporting and performing quality data collection and applying ethical, regulatory and compliance requirements. View the Certificate at a Glance to see more up to date information.

Completion Time:

No additional time to the 4-year Pharm.D. degree (4 years total)

Career Opportunities:

Students who complete the certificate will be well-prepared as effective and successful members of the clinical research workforce.
Learn more about the Certificate in Clinical Research program and then contact Catherine Brown, CCRP, 1 (804) 628-6511, crbrown@vcu.edu or Shirley Helm, M.S., CCRP, 1 (804) 628-2942, shirley.helm@vcuhealth.org.

Pharm.D./Certificate in Health Care Innovation

The Certificate in Health Care Innovation, a collaboration between the VCU School of Nursing and the VCU da Vinci Center, is the first of its kind in Virginia. The certificate equips students with specific knowledge and skills to become leaders in developing digital and physical products, as well as processes related to the development and implementation of innovative solutions to health care issues, such as rising costs and improving quality and access to care. The curriculum focuses on merging principles of leadership in health care and principles of product innovation and emphasizes the analysis of organization and clinical processes for effective operations to improve quality and safety. View the Certificate in Health Care Innovation bulletin to learn more.

Completion Time:

No additional time to the 4-year Pharm.D. degree (4 years total)

Career Opportunities:

Students who complete the certificate will be well-prepared as effective and successful members of the clinical research workforce.

Contact Information:

Allison Schumacher, schumacheran@vcu.edu, (804) 828-7188