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.
|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
|BMED:7270||Principles of Scholarly Integrity||1 sh|
|PHAR:4480||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|
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.
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.