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)

The PhD in PSC program is a highly competitive doctoral degree program within the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Please visit the program's website for more information, including curricular requirements, admission requirements, and answers to frequently asked questions.

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