The program consists of didactic coursework and research credits consistent with the Graduate College guidelines. A minimum of 72 credits 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 credit of didactic coursework consisting of required courses and electives listed below. The remaining 50 credit hours may be research credits, seminars and/ or additional coursework. 

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. 

Course # Title Hours
BIOS: 4120 Introduction to Biostatistics* 3 semester hours
BIOS: 5120 Design and Analysis of Experiments of Biomedical Studies* 3 semester hours
BIOL: 5412 Fundamental Genetics** (lecture) 3 semester hours
BIOL: 5512 Fundamental Genetics** (discussion)  1 semester hours
PHAR: 6700 Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics 3 semester hours
PHAR: 7101 Principles of Experimental Therapeutics 3 semester hours
PHAR: 7102 Applied Clinical and Translational Sciences 3 semester hours
BMED: 7270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity  1 semester hours
PHAR: 4480 Introduction to Human Pharmacology 3 semester hours


Students will register each semester for seminar: PHAR: 6710. 

Course # Title Hours
PHAR: 6710 Pharmaceutics Seminar 1 - 2 semester hours
PHAR: 6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 0 - 2 semester hours


*Depending on their biostatistics background, students may substitute one or two of the following courses. 

Course # Title Hours
STAT: 4520 Bayesian Statistics 3 semester hours
EPID: 4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 semester hours
EPID: 5500 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology 2 semester hours


**Depending on their genetics background, students may substitute one of the following courses. 

Course # Title Hours
BIOL: 3713 Molecular Genetics 4 semester hours
BIOC: 3130 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II 3 semester hours


A minimum of 12 semester hours must be taken, either from the following list of courses or alternatively, the student may choose other graduate-level courses in consultant with her/his adviser:

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


Comprehensive Examination 

The comprehensive examination should follow completion of the majority of didactic coursework. The examination will 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. Successfully passing the comprehensive examination indicates that the candidate should continue work toward the doctorate. Questions for the comprehensive examination will be solicited from the graduate faculty and from the examination committee. The format of the questions is 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 the 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 finals 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.