Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Science in Global Medicine (MSGM)

The dual degree in Pharmacy and Global Medicine is designed for students who are interested in providing pharmaceutical care to underserved populations around the world. Students enrolled in this dual degree program will benefit from an advanced understanding of the role of, and issues surrounding, modern medicine in developing countries.

This novel dual degree program responds to the worldwide need—and student demand—for training that will enable tomorrow’s pharmacists and global health leaders to serve diverse populations through pharmaceutical interventions. As globalization continues to impact the health care industry, future pharmacists and other health professionals will be tasked with analyzing and understanding the impact and use of pharmaceuticals in developing countries and underserved areas. This program strives to provide these professional with the unique expertise in pharmacotherapy, medication safety, health promotion and disease prevention demanded by a global perspective.
Graduates of the dual degree in Pharmacy and Global Medicine will be able to serve as pharmacists specializing in health care issues in both domestic and global health care settings with special expertise in pharmacotherapy issues. They may also work as researchers at research-based biopharmaceutical companies’ global health programs.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Students interested in the PharmD/MSGM degree must be accepted by both programs.

Requirements for admission include:

  • a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • a minimum score of 1000 on the GRE (will also accept GMAT, MCAT, PCAT)
  • Students will not be given special consideration for admission to either program because they are applying for the dual degree.

Students may apply to the dual PharmD/MSGM degree program in two ways:

Apply concurrently

  • Submit applications to both programs simultaneously.
  • Identify yourself on both applications as a potential dual-degree student.
  • If you are admitted to both programs, you will be offered admission to the PharmD and contingent admission to the MSGH program, pending your passage of all courses in the first year of the PharmD program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • If you are accepted by only one program, you may choose to attend that program, but will not be eligible for the dual degree.

Apply for the dual degree after acceptance to PharmD

  • You may instead submit an application to the MSGM program during your first year of enrollment in the PharmD, prior to the MSGM published application deadline.
  • If you choose this option, you must apply directly to MS in Global Medicine Program, Keck School of Medicine of USC. Identify yourself as a prospective PharmD/MSGM dual degree student.
  • If you are admitted to the MSGM program, you will be offered admission to the dual degree if you pass all courses in your first year of the PharmD program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Program Requirements

Students must gain admission to and fulfill the degree requirements for both programs, which include 144 units for the Doctor of Pharmacy and 32 units for the MS in Global Medicine. Six units of GM elective units can satisfy the PharmD elective requirement, and PHRD 503 and 504 substitute for GM 503 and 504.

Contact Information

For more information, please call the School of Pharmacy Office of Admission and Student Affairs at (323) 442-1469 or the Global Medicine Program at the Keck School of Medicine at (323) 442-3141.