CPS Graduate Curriculum

The program consists of didactic coursework and research credits consistent with the Graduate College guidelines. A minimum of 72 credit hours must be completed to satisfy the Graduate College requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Of these, students are required to complete a minimum of 22 credits of didactic coursework consisting of required courses and electives listed below. The remaining 50 credit hours may be research credits, seminars and/or additional course work.

Flexibility in coursework requirements exist for students matriculating into the program with graduate/professional degrees. All students, regardless of educational background, are encouraged to consult with their graduate adviser and other faculty within the program for guidance in course selection and scheduling.

Required courses
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics* 3 sh
BIOS:5120 Design and Analysis of Experiments of Biomedical Studies* 3 sh
BIOL:5412 Fundamental Genetics** (lecture) 3 sh
BIOL:5512 Fundamental Genetics** (discussion) 1 sh
PHAR:6700 Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics 3 sh
PHAR:7101 Principles of Experimental Therapeutics 3 sh

Applied Clinical and Translational Sciences

3 sh

BMED:7270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity 1 sh
PCOL:3101 Introduction to Human Pharmacology 3 sh


Students will register each semester for seminar:  PHAR:6710.
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Seminar 1 - 2 sh
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 0 - 2 sh
*Depending on their biostatistics background, students may substitute one or two of the following courses.
STAT:4520 Bayesian Statistics 3 sh
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 sh
EPID:5500 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology 2 sh
**Depending on their genetics background, students may substitute one of the following courses.
BIOL:3713 Molecular Genetics 4 sh
BIOC:3130 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II 3 sh


A minimum of 12 s.h. must be taken, either from the following list of courses or alternatively, the student may choose other graduate-level courses in consultation with her/his advisor:

CS:3210 Programming with C++ 2 sh
CS:3210 Programming with Java 2 sh
PHAR:5537 Enzymatic Basis of Drug Metabolism 2 sh
PHAR:5350 Introduction to Research Methods 3 sh
PHAR:5700 Quantitative Research Methods in Pharmacy 4 sh
PHAR:8723 Infectious Disease Acute Care Practice 2 sh
PHAR:5549 Analytical Biochemistry 3 sh
MPB:6220 Mechanisms of Cellular Organization 3 sh
MPB:6225 Mechanisms of Cell Growth & Development 3 sh
  Principles in Molecular and Cell Biology 4 sh
BIOS:6110 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 3 sh
BIOS:6610 Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials 3 sh
EPID:6900 Design of Intervention and Clinical Trials 3 sh
  Outcomes Research 2-3 sh
EPID:6910 Pharmacoepidemiology 3 sh


Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination should follow completion of the majority of didactic coursework. Usually this will occur at the end of the 2 nd year in the Ph.D. program. The comprehensive examination shall assess the candidate’s mastery of the major and related fields of study, and mastery of the tools of research in which competence has been certified. It should also help identify any weaknesses in the candidate’s knowledge base that need to be corrected with additional coursework or instruction. Successfully passing the comprehensive examination indicates that the candidate shall continue work toward the doctorate. Examination time periods are scheduled at the discretion of the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program. These examinations may be scheduled during the fall, spring, and /or summer semesters. The exact date will be determined based on faculty availability. Questions for the comprehensive examination will be solicited from the graduate faculty and from the examination committee. These questions may be directly or indirectly related to the area of research proposal. The individual format of the questions is left up to the faculty member, but may include the interpretation of published literature, or written questions designed to test the candidate’s knowledge. The oral portion of the examination will be scheduled to occur within two weeks of completion for the written part and will allow the committee to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge and oral communication skills.


Thesis Defense

Students will schedule a data session with their doctoral committee during years 3 or 4, at a time that is approximately one year prior to their final defense. Data sessions will include a progress report to seek the scientific advice and approval of the committee. For these sessions, the student should prepare a brief written summary, present research results and clearly explain the immediate and final goals of their project.

The defense will be a formal public 45 minute presentation, scheduled as a regular Division seminar if possible, during which the student will present the details of his or her thesis research. Following the public presentation the student and thesis committee will meet in a separate session to ask more detailed questions.