PharmD-PhD Program

While the School does not offer a combined PharmD/PhD program, PharmD students interested in pursuing a PhD may choose to expedite their training by choosing elective courses from the graduate curriculum and by using the research area of concentration to explore potential topics for dissertation and research.

The School of Pharmacy offers two PhD programs:

PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR)

The primary mission of the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research PhD Program at the University of Maryland is to train strong researchers in the theory, practical experience, and decision-making skills needed to address a wide range of pharmacy related problems. The dynamic health care environment has created a number of critical factors that are constantly shaping and reshaping the health policies of the United States and countries around the world. Areas of concentration in the program include behavioral science, pharmaceutical policy, pharmacoeconomics, and pharmacoepidemiology. In this program students can:

  • Develop research and analytical skills regarding the use of medicines in society
  • Explore the role of federal and state governments in health care policy
  • Assess the cost effectiveness of pharmaceuticals
  • Design effective interventions to improve medicine use in high risk populations
  • Become a leader in academia, health care, government and the pharmaceutical industry

More information is available here.

PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC)

Graduates of the Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Program will be educated with the knowledge and skills to direct the discovery of novel biological pathways in human disease and the development and delivery of medications for safe and effective therapy.  Faculty and graduate students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are organized into research pathways. The mission of each research pathway is to foster individual and collaborative research, faculty growth, and a graduate student education which provides a strong, broad background in the drug development process along with intensive expertise in a focal research area of the pharmaceutical sciences. The diversity of the program increases the opportunity for interdisciplinary research and collaboration among faculty and students. The research pathways are:

  • Chemical Biology: Research in the areas of synthesis, development, and discovery of drugs, together with related areas of biochemistry, neurobiology, structural biology, and computational biology.
  • Quantitative Biosciences:  Research on pharmacometrics and pharmacokinetics, drug formulation, transport and delivery systems, nanomedicine and industrial pharmaceutical research.
  • Translational and Regulatory Sciences: Research in this area applies basic science and clinical knowledge towards the investigation and treatment of diseases.

More information is available here.

Please note that enrolling in a dual degree program will extend your matriculation by at least one year or more.