Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

About the Ph.D. Program in Pharmacy at NSU

The Ph.D. program in Pharmacy was approved by the NSU Board of Trustees in March 2008. The College has launched its unique program of graduate study and research leading to the doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in fall 2010.
Students are be able to choose from one of three sequences:

  1. Social and Administrative Pharmacy (Determinants of Drug Use) Sequence
  2. Molecular Medicine and Pharmagenomics (Drug Discovery) Sequence
  3. Drug Development (Pharmaceutics) Sequence
From the Dean of the NSU College of Pharmacy
Dean Deziel, NSU College of Pharmacy
Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
COP Dean

As Dean of the College of Pharmacy, I am pleased to welcome you to Nova Southeastern University (NSU), College of Pharmacy.
The world of pharmacy research is a challenging, ever-broadening arena.  Whether centered on drug discovery, drug development or patient use matters, the issues to be studied are generally complex and always challenging.  These factors continue to guide the design and implementation of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program here at the Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy.

Established in 1987 the College of Pharmacy has a rich tradition of excellence. With over 2,300 living alumni, an outstanding student body, excellent faculty, active partnerships with pharmaceutical corporations and professional leaders, and a strong university environment, we are positioned to continue to be leaders in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists throughout the 21st century.

Our Ph.D. program looks to ensure that every graduate student completes a course of study and research that is grounded in an appreciation and basic understanding of drugs and drug therapy problems and practices, then honed to an edge through the study and use of the research arts, principles and methods that are the tools for addressing those problems and practices.   We build on the strengths each student brings to the program to educate the PhD who is ready to address the health-related issues of society.

With over 65 faculty, we provide a rich educational experience for both the professional degree (Pharm.D.) and full-time graduate (Ph.D.) students in the pharmaceutical sciences. Our supportive staff of over 34 members provides the helpful environment which enables students and faculty to excel in their academic endeavors. And, our institutional partners in pharmacy research and practice provide internship opportunities for students to gain experience in the drug discovery and development process.

An interesting mix of both young and more seasoned faculty presents an extraordinary combination of diverse specialized research backgrounds, enthusiasm, and dedication that is essential to a successful PhD program. Available to that mix of faculty investigators for the conduct of their work are excellent and growing research facilities, and the financial support from grants, the college and the university.  All of which is focused on making the NSU College of Pharmacy Doctor of Philosophy degree one of the preeminent awards in the country.

The College of Pharmacy is positioned to continue to provide leadership in pharmacy education and research in the 21st century. We look forward to great achievements in the days ahead.

Letter from the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
McLean, Hugh M., Pharm.D.,Ph.D.<br>Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
McLean, Hugh M., Pharm.D.,Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Education

Consistent with the mission statement and strategic plan for NSU, the College of Pharmacy places significant emphasis on cutting-edge research. The Ph.D. Program in Pharmacy is envisioned to be the vehicle that will foster the unbridled development of a viable and sustainable research program in the biomedical sciences as well as the socio-behavioral and administrative pharmacy sciences at NSU. It is anticipated that the Ph.D. program will serve as the catalyst in the creation of a “critical mass” of researchers, such that the college will be better poised to successfully compete for a myriad of research grants.

The College of Pharmacy at NSU will make a concerted effort to admit a diverse, suitably qualified, and actuated group of students. These students will be guided by a cadre of experienced faculty who are eager and well-equipped to facilitate the transformation of Ph.D. students into scholars who exhibit an authentic zeal for the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge. Graduates of this program would have had the opportunity to be tutored by faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized for their achievements in their respective disciplines.

According to an AACP Task Force on Faculty Workforce, the academy will need roughly 1,200 new faculty members during the next decade. The Task Force also intimated that the shortage of faculty is occasioned by several factors, including the development of new pharmacy programs, and faculty retirements. Additionally, it is well documented that the Pharmaceutical Industry is also experiencing a shortage of Ph.D. pharmacy graduates. Therefore, the launch of this Ph.D. program is timely and unequivocally significant, as it is anticipated that it will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the shortage of Ph.D. pharmacy graduates, both in academia and industry.