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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
Course Name
Credits
FIRST & SECOND YEARS
HPH 7320 Advanced Biostatistics I* 3
HPH 7330 Advanced Biostatistics II* 3
PHRP 7205 Advanced Quantitative Methods 3
HPH 7210 Bioethics Principles of Life Science Research* 3
PHRP 8301 Graduate Research** 12
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar** 4
PHRP 7001 Health Economics 3
PHRP 7023 Pharmaceutical Marketing 3
PHRP 7209 Pharmacoeconomics 3
PHRP 7025 Pharmacy Management and Finance 3
PHRP 7021 Population Health and Public Policy 3
HPH 7420 Research Design* 3
HPH 7620 Research Funding and Proposal Development* 1
HPH 7610 Scientific Writing* 1
PHRP 7203 Social Measurement and Techniques 3
PHRP 7211 Theories of Health-Seeking Behavior 3
PHRE Elective 3
THIRD YEAR
PHRP 8301 Graduate Research 3
PHRP 8000 Dissertation Research** 16
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar** 2
PHRE Elective(s) 6
FOURTH YEAR
PHRP 8000 Dissertation Research** 16
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar** 2

*HPD core courses

**repeatable courses

Notes:

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

- Fifth 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

Years
Course
Course Name
Credits
FIRST & SECOND YEARS
PHRP 7030 Biostatistics 3
PHRP 7012 Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 3
PHRP 7004 Advanced Physical Pharmacy 3
HPH 7210 Bioethics Principles of Life Science Research* 3
PHRP 8301 Graduate Research** 18
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar** 4
PHRP 7060 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Design 1
PHRP 7229 Product Development and Industrial Pharmacy 4
HPH 7620 Research Funding and Proposal Development* 1
PHRP 7204 Research Techniques and Instrumentation 3
HPH 7610 Scientific Writing* 1
PHRP 8250 Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences**
1
PHRE Electives(s)

 

6
THIRD YEAR
PHRP 8250 Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences** 2
PHRP 8100 Dissertation Research** 24
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar** 2
FOURTH YEAR
PHRP 8100 Dissertation Research** 16
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar** 2

*HPD core courses

**repeatable courses

Notes:

- Fifth 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

Years
Course
Course Name
Credits
FIRST & SECOND YEARS
PHRP 7030 Biostatistics 3
PHRP 7220 Advanced Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine 3
PHRP 7012 Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 3
PHRP 7222 Applied Pharmacology 3
HPH 7210 Bioethics: Principles of Life Science Research* 3
PHRP 7006 Advanced Pharmacology 4
PHRP 7020 Experimental Statistics and Informatics 1
PHRP 8301 Graduate Research** 18
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar** 4
PHRP 7226 Journal Club 1
PHRP 7114 Molecular and Cellular Pharmacodynamics 3
PHRP 7060 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Design 1
HPH 7620 Research Funding and Proposal Development* 1
PHRP 7204 Research Techniques and Instrumentation 3
HPH 7610 Scientific Writing* 1
PHRE Elective(s) 6
THIRD YEAR
PHRP 8200 Dissertation Research** 24
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar** 2
FOURTH YEAR
PHRP 8200 Dissertation Research** 16
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar** 2

*HPD core courses

**repeatable courses

Notes:

- Fifth 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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