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Ph.D. Program

Curriculum

Students must choose one of the three sequences for their program of study, and are required to take a minimum of 60 credits, at least 36 of which must be in didactic coursework.  An average GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected in the didactic work.  Coursework aimed at correcting an academic deficiency in a student’s background will not count toward program requirements.

At the completion of this course of study and research, students will:

  • demonstrate the knowledge base expected at the Ph.D. level in a pharmacy specialty
  • design and conduct independent research that adds to the understanding of their pharmacy specialty
  • prepare and defend rational and structured proposals seeking support for research efforts
  • prepare and present lucid reports on their own research as well as the research of others

Students choose one of the following sequences:

Social and Administrative Pharmacy

This sequence focuses on coursework  and  research skills which address the dynamic and complex nature of the use and distribution of pharmaceutical products and the provision of pharmacy services. Students who select this sequence are expected to choose one of two tracks: 1) Sociobehavioral and Cultural Pharmacy or 2) Pharmacy Economics and Outcomes. Students who pursue either track in this sequence will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty in the department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, a group with expertise in pharmacoeconomics, health disparities and vulnerable populations, cultural competency, development and implementation of sustainable pharmacy services, patients’ decision making,  pharmacy marketing, outcomes research, and related areas.

The curriculum is currently under review and will be revised as needed. These courses are representative of the overall requirements of the program at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Curriculum Outline

Year
Course
Credits
FIRST YEAR Bioethics Principles of Life Science Research 3
Biostatistics I 3
Biostatistics II 3
Graduate Seminar 2
Health Economics 3
Pharmaceutical Marketing 3
Pharmacy Management and Finance 3
Population Health and Public Policy 3
Research Design 3
Research/Internship 3
SECOND YEAR Advanced Quantitative Methods 3
Elective 6
Graduate Research 9
Graduate Seminar 2
Pharmacoeconomics 3
Research Funding and Proposal Development 3
Scientific Writing 1
Social Measurement and Techniques 3
Theories of Health-Seeking Behavior 3
THIRD YEAR Elective 6
Dissertation Research 16
Graduate Research 3
Graduate Seminar 2
Written Comprehensive and Oral Qualifying Exam 0
FOURTH YEAR Graduate Seminar 2
Dissertation Defense 0
Dissertation Research 16

Drug Development (Pharmaceutics)

This sequence emphasizes the coursework, laboratory and literature research skills that are integral to the theory and practice associated with the incorporation of drug entities into the forms and formulations that best deliver the drugs to the site of the intended medical action. Students who pursue this track will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty in the department of pharmaceutical sciences, a group that has expertise in pharmaceutics-related disciplines. Particular areas of expertise include a variety of drug formulations and novel drug delivery systems.

The curriculum is currently under review and will be revised as needed. These courses are representative of the overall requirements of the program at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Curriculum Outline

Year
Course
Credits
FIRST YEAR Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 3
Advanced Physical Pharmacy 3
Bioethics Principles of Life Science Research 3
Biostatistics I 3
Graduate Research 6
Graduate Seminar 2
Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Design 3
Scientific Writing 1
Research/Internship 3
SECOND YEAR Elective 6
Graduate Research 9
Graduate Seminar 2
Product Development and Industrial Pharmacy 4
Research Funding and Proposal Development 1
Research Techniques and Instrumentation 3
Written Comprehensive and Oral Qualifying Exams 0
Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1
THIRD YEAR Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2
Dissertation Research 24
Graduate Seminar 2
FOURTH YEAR Graduate Seminar 2
Dissertation Defense 0
Dissertation Research 16

Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics

This sequence emphasizes the coursework, laboratory and literature research skills that are integral to elucidation of the mechanism of action of drugs, and the extent and characteristics of drug actions. Students who pursue this sequence will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty in the department of pharmaceutical sciences, a group that has expertise in areas such as: pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, toxicology, and biochemistry. Particular areas of expertise include cardiovascular pharmacology, molecular pharmacology, anti-inflammatory steroids, and cancer pharmacology.

The curriculum is currently under review and will be revised as needed. These courses are representative of the overall requirements of the program at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Curriculum Outline

Year
Course
Credits
FIRST YEAR Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics
3
Bioethics Principles of Life Science Research
3
Biostatistics I
3
Clinical Pharmacology
4
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacodynamics
3
Experimental Statistics and Informatics
1
Graduate Research 6
Graduate Seminar 2
Research/Internship 3
Scientific Writing 1
SECOND YEAR Advanced Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine 3
Applied Pharmacology 3
Elective 3
Graduate Research 9
Graduate Seminar 2
Journal Club 1
Research Design 1
Research Funding and Proposal Development 1
Research Techniques and Instrumentation 3
Written Comprehensive and Oral Qualifying Exams 0
THIRD YEAR Dissertation Research 24
Graduate Seminar 2
FOURTH YEAR Graduate Seminar 2
Dissertation Defense 0
Dissertation Research 16
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