While the School of Pharmacy does not offer a combined PharmD/PhD program, PharmD students interested in pursuing a PhD may expedite their training through graduate and PharmD electives and independent research projects.

The School of Pharmacy offers two PhD programs.

PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR):

The primary mission of the PhD in PHSR program at the School of Pharmacy 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. Research areas include:

  • Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
  • Pharmaceutical Policy
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology

More information is available here.

PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC):

Training in a highly collaborative atmosphere, graduates of the PhD in PSC program at the School of Pharmacy gain the knowledge and skills required for discovering novel biological pathways in human health and disease as well as for the development and delivery of medications for safe and effective therapy. With state-of-the-art facilities, funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, and pharmaceutical industry, students receive mentorship that prepares them for outstanding careers in academia, the federal government, and the pharmaceutical industry. Research areas include:

  • Chemical and Biology Discovery
  • Translational Therapeutics
  • Pharmacometrics

More information is available here.