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Ph.D. Program

Curriculum

Entering pharmacy graduate students must choose one of the three sequences to focus their graduate studies upon. An average GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained.  Coursework aimed at filling academic gaps 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 their specialty
  • design and conduct independent research that adds to the understanding of their specialty
  • prepare and defend rational and structured proposals seeking support for research efforts
  • effectively communicate the results of their own research
  • be competitive for careers in academia, industry, government, or regulatory positions

Students choose one of the following sequences:

Social and Administrative Pharmacy

This sequence focuses on research skills and supporting coursework  that address the dynamic and complex nature of the provision of pharmacy services. Students who select this sequence are expected to conduct their dissertation research in one of two tracks: 1) Sociobehavioral and Cultural Pharmacy or 2) Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes. Students who pursue either track in this sequence are advised by faculty members in the department of sciobehavioral and administrative pharmacy, a group of researchers with expertise in pharmacoeconomics, health disparities and vulnerable populations, cultural competency, development and implementation of sustainable pharmacy services, patients’ decision making,  pharmacy marketing, and outcomes research.

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

Years
Course
Credits
FIRST & SECOND YEARS Bioethics Principles of Life Science Research* 3
Advanced Biostatistics I 3
Advanced Biostatistics II 3
Graduate Seminar 1-4
Health Economics 3
Pharmaceutical Marketing 3
Pharmacy Management and Finance 3
Population Health and Public Policy 3
Research Design* 3
Research/Internship 3
Advanced Quantitataive Methods 3
Graduate Research 9
Social Measurement and Techniques 3
Pharmacoeconomics 3
Theories of Health-Seeking Behavior 9
Research Funding and Proposal Development* 1
Scientific Writing* 1
Electives 6
THIRD YEAR
Dissertation Research 16
Advanced Graduate Research 5
Graduate Seminar 1-2
Elective 3
FOURTH YEAR Graduate Seminar 1-2
Dissertation Research 24

*HPD Core Courses

Notes:

- Qualifying exams will commence during the summer semester of the second year.

- Fourth and subsequent years are as necessary (maximum seven years).

- Graduation from the program requires the preparation and successful defense of a dissertation.

Drug Development (Pharmaceutics)

This sequence emphasizes the development of laboratory research skills and supporting coursework that are integral to the theory and practice associated with the incorporation of drug entities into the forms and formulations to achieve the most effective delivery of drugs to the site of biological and medical action. Students who pursue this track will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty members in the department of pharmaceutical sciences, a group of researchers with expertise in pharmaceutics-related disciplines. Particular areas of expertise include a variety of drug formulations such as abuse resistant formulations, novel drug delivery approaches, and molecularly targeted 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 & SECOND YEARS Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 3
Advanced Physical Pharmacy 3
Bioethics Principles of Life Science Research* 3
Advanced Biostatistics I* 3
Graduate Research 6-15
Graduate Seminar 1-4
Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Design 3
Scientific Writing* 1
Research/Internship 3
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 1-2
THIRD YEAR Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1
Dissertation Research 24
Graduate Seminar 1-2
FOURTH YEAR Dissertation Research 24
Graduate Seminar 1-2

*HPD Core Courses

Notes:

- Qualifying exams will commence during the summer semester of the second year.

- Fourth and subsequent years are as necessary (maximum seven years).

- Graduation from the program requires the preparation and successful defense of a dissertation.

Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics

This sequence emphasizes laboratory research and the development of research skills that are integral to elucidation of the mechanism of action of drugs, and the extent and characteristics of those actions. Students who pursue this sequence will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty members in the department of pharmaceutical sciences, a group of researchers with expertise in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, toxicology, neuroscience, and biochemistry. Particular areas of expertise include cardiovascular pharmacology, molecular pharmacology, anti-inflammatory steroids, central nervous system diseases, 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 & SECOND YEARS Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 3
Clinical Pharmacology 4
Applied Pharmacology 3
Bioethics: Principles of Life Science Research* 3
Advanced Biostatistics I* 3
Graduate Research 6-15
Graduate Seminar 1-4
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacodynamics 3
Scientific Writing* 1
Research/Internship 3
Advanced Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine 3
Journal Club 1
Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Design 1
Research Funding and Proposal Development* 1
Research Techniques and Instrumentation 3
Experimental Statistics and Informatics 1
Elective 3
THIRD YEAR Dissertation Research 24
Graduate Seminar 1-2
Elective 3
FOURTH YEAR Dissertation Research 24
Graduate Seminar 1-2

*HPD Core Courses

Notes:

- Qualifying exams will commence during the summer semester of the second year.

- Fourth and subsequent years are as necessary (maximum seven years).

- Graduation from the program requires the preparation and successful defense of a dissertation.

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