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2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
    
 
  Dec 08, 2021
 
2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ph.D.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in understanding principles of medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmaceutics. Students will also demonstrate knowledge in techniques of biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology as applied to pharmaceutical research.
  • Students will be able to identify pertinent research problems, and formulate a research plan.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze relevant literature, and to communicate scientific findings with oral presentations.
  • Students will be able to generate and analyze original research results, and to communicate these results to the scientific community.
  • Within five years of graduation with their PhD degree, students will be engaged in professional careers and/or postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Over time, graduates of our program will be successful in professional careers.

Degree Requirements (60-67 Post Baccalaureate Hours)

The Ph.D. is offered in the following areas of specialization:

In the Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences:

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences

In the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences:

  • Pharmaceutical and Health Outcomes

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 60 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, or a minimum of 30 hours beyond the master’s degree as approved by advisement, including at least 12 credit hours of dissertation preparation.  The Ph.D. degree requirements include an admission-to-candidacy examination, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation.

In the Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences:


  1. A research advisor must be chosen by the end of the first year. 
  2. Admission to candidacy must occur by the end of the second year, and includes the following:
    1. Submission of a doctoral program of study form.  Satisfactory completion of all coursework taken in the first two years will be evaluated by the committee.
    2. Submission of a written initial research proposal, followed by an oral presentation and defense of the proposal to the thesis committee. 
  3. The comprehensive written and oral examination must be completed by the end of the third year. 
  4. A written dissertation, along with an oral presentation and defense, is required for the completion of the Ph.D. degree

In addition to the general requirements listed above, candidates for the Ph.D. degree are required to complete four departmental seminar courses:

Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences (60 Hours)


Doctoral Directed Research (24 Hours):


Dissertation Preparation (12 Hours):


Notes:


1 A maximum of 4 hours credit can be earned for PHAR 712.

2 Electives will be chosen based on the needs of the graduate student. Areas of emphasis include Biomedicinal Chemistry, Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacology. Electives will be chosen based on the area of emphasis and must be approved by the Ph.D. advisory committee and the Graduate Program Director. Electives must be 700 level and above, or any course approved by the Graduate School for Graduate Credit.

3 Other didactic electives may be applied toward the total hours of credit required if approved by the Ph.D. advisory committee.

Courses for the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. (60 Hours)


In addition to the general requirements listed above, students pursuing the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. concurrently will take elective courses that are approved for graduate credit and fulfill requirements for the Ph.D. program. Electives in the Pharm.D. curriculum: up to nine credit hours can count toward both degrees, with the following stipulations. The student must have completed at least 90 hours of undergraduate course work, have a minimum GPA of 3.40, and have form GS-59 on file in The Graduate School. A grade of B or higher must be earned for the course to count for graduate credit. At least half of the electives must be numbered 700 or above. Courses numbered 500-699 are acceptable only if they have been approved for graduate credit. Graduate courses taught in units other than pharmacy must be approved by the graduate faculty of pharmacy as appropriate for a Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical sciences. Registration for each course requires approval of the student’s advisor, the chair of the student’s department, the graduate director of the Ph.D. program, and the dean of The Graduate School. Form GS-59A must be processed for each graduate credit course at the time of registration to permit the registrar’s office to properly enroll the student for graduate credit.

Electives:


  • Up to three graduate-level courses taken as electives for the Pharm.D. (0-9 hours) 1
  • Two to five graduate-level courses not taken for the Pharm.D. degree (7-15 hours)

Doctoral Directed Research (up to 29 Hours)


Dissertation Preparation (12 Hours)


Notes:


1 Electives must be approved by the Ph.D. advisory committee as appropriate for one of the following specialty areas.

2 Other didactic electives may be applied toward the total hours of credit if approved by the Ph.D. advisory committee.

In the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences:


Ph.D. - Pharmacy Administration Option (55 Hours)


All students must complete 64 to 67 credit hours for the degree. The course requirement includes 55 hours of core courses and 9 to 12 hours of minor cognate courses. 1

Pharmacy Core:


    Dissertation Preparation (12 Hours):


    Notes:


    1 Students must also take 12 hours* of minor cognate courses in one of the following areas: marketing, public policy, economics, or epidemiology.

    * 3 credit hours from the common core required courses may be applied if the course is in the student’s chosen area of concentration.

    2 HADM 846 is an acceptable substitute.

    Total 64-67 hrs.


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