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Doctor of Philosophy

  • Degree focuses on Clinical Sciences Research.

  • Designed as an intensive educational program in the clinical, basic, and translational sciences for candidates possessing the Pharm.D. degree and the clinical knowledge and skills commensurate with pharmacy practice residency.

  • Depending on prior education, training, experience, and area of interest, the Ph.D. can combine varying degrees of clinical experiential components in a specialty area complementary with the wide array of basic and translational science coursework and laboratory components. The time to complete the Ph.D. is anticipated to range between 3-5 years.

  • Graduate education, research, and scholarly work leading to the Ph.D. are developed for each student as part of their Plan of Work

  • Designed to develop an individual who is educated and trained to conduct translational research integrating both science and practice. The graduate has the education, training, and skills to function as an independent researcher.

  • Engage in the discovery, dissemination and application of pharmaceutical and biomedical knowledge to improve the health status of society.

  • The graduate is well prepared to assume tenure track academic and research scientist positions.

  • The graduate is prepared to assume a leadership role within the profession.

  • The degree is awarded after submission of a written dissertation, and successful defense of the student's research in front of the graduate faculty of The University of Texas and affiliated institutions. The student is judged by the graduate faculty on the ability to design and carry through work of the student's own creation, on the qualities of industry and invention, and on the personal character and attitude expected of a person holding an advanced degree from The University of Texas.

Mission

The graduate program in pharmacotherapy is designed to develop an individual who is educated and trained to conduct translational research integrating both science and practice. The graduate will be able to independently engage in the discovery, dissemination and application of pharmaceutical and biomedical knowledge to improve the health status of society.

Graduate Competencies

  A graduate from the program will be:
  1. Skilled as a scientist; observes phenomenon, proposes research questions, generates hypotheses, conducts systematic experimentation and data collection, and revises models to reflect increased understanding
  2. Able to conduct independent research in pharmacotherapeutics and the biomedical sciences
  3. Clinically competent in a specialty area of pharmacy practice which complements the graduate's research focus
  4. Capable of effectively communicating research and clinical findings to pharmaceutical, medical and basic science audiences
  5. Capable of competing successfully for peer-reviewed grants

Degree Requirements

The curriculum will include rigorous course work and practical training in scientific methods and an area of specialized practice. The academic and research program are tailored to meet a student's specific interests and professional goals and are decided upon by the student and the supervising professor. The curriculum will include core and elective courses deemed essential to develop comprehensive knowledge and skills in the selected area of investigation. Core courses include advanced biostatistics, two semesters of pharmacodynamics, pharmaceutical analysis, molecular biology, research design and methods, and ethics in research and practice.

Admission Criteria

Applicants should hold a baccalaureate or Pharm.D. degree from a College of Pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. In addition to the usual graduate school admission criteria, applicants are evaluated on their potential for creative thought, independent work and scholarship in clinical pharmacy research and practice as assessed by letters of recommendation and prior accomplishments; ability to communicate effectively with scientific and professional colleagues as assessed by personal interview, personal statement and letters of recommendation; and professional practice experience.


Last Reviewed: March 6, 2014

Division Information

Mailing Address:
Pharmacotherapy
Education & Research Ctr.
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Drive - MC 6220
San Antonio, TX
78229-3900
USA

Email Address: pharmacy
@austin.utexas.edu

Phone:
1-210-567-8355


Frei to Lead Division

Dr. Chris Frei has been appointed as division head for the college's Pharmacotherapy Division which is located on the UT Health Science Center San Antonio campus.

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