Joint Degree Programs

Join Degree vs. Dual Degree Program at UIC

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UIC makes a distinction between joint and dual degree programs.  Approved joint degree programs share a certain number of courses that are used to satisfy the degree requirements for both degrees.  With dual degree programs, there is no course overlap permitted to fulfill the degrees.


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In response to industry and academic demands for pharmacists with PhD training, the College offers a joint Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) – PhD degree program. Students enrolled in this program can pursue the PharmD – the standard degree for pharmacists – simultaneously with any of our PhD degree offerings.

The joint program is highly competitive and designed for select students who have interests in both the clinical aspects of pharmacy and research in the pharmaceutical sciences. With judicious selection and timing of courses, joint program participants can earn both degrees in less overall time than would be required to complete the degrees separately.


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The College of Business Administration and the College of Pharmacy offer a program of study leading to the Master of Business Administration and the Doctor of Pharmacy. The joint MBA/PharmD program is designed for baccalaureate-prepared students who are seeking health care and business preparation for health care executive positions in government, hospital systems, long-term care, health maintenance organizations, planning/regulatory bodies, and consulting.

Pharmacoepidemiology Certificate Program

The Pharmacoepidemiology Certificate Program is ideal for individuals who are already working in the pharmaceutical industry, health care organizations, or public health departments wanting to acquire research skills enabling them to lead multi-disciplinary pharmacoepidemiologic research and healthcare and pharmaceutical policy evaluation. Anyone wanting to enhance their research skills will benefit from
this program.

Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Health Informatics

Transform Healthcare — And Your Career

The role of health informatics in the delivery of patient care is becoming more complex, with job opportunities emerging in nontraditional settings. The University of Illinois at Chicago recognizes these shifts in the health informatics field and offers four online graduate-level health informatics certificates to address the growing need for specialized health informatics professionals.

Four Post-Baccalaureate Certificates:

• Health Informatics Fundamentals

• Leadership in Health Informatics

• Health Data Science Informatics

• Mobile Health Informatics

These certificates are perfect for graduate students, fellows, junior faculty and working professionals ready to lead their organizations in the development and application of health informatics strategies to improve patient care, safety and outcomes.