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Prospective Students

Pharm.D. (Professional Pharmacy)

The Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) is the entry-level degree for professional pharmacy in the U.S. Pharmacists practice in a variety of patient care and research settings, including clinics/hospitals, community pharmacy, managed- and long-term care facilities, government/public health, non-profit organizations and foundations, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Entrance into the Pharm.D. program requires at least two years of Pre-Pharmacy undergraduate prerequisite coursework, followed by the four-year Pharm.D. curriculum. UH College of Pharmacy's student-centered, competency-based professional curriculum includes significant critical thinking and problem-solving exercises, case studies, and small group instruction. The College aspires to foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an environment where students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills consistent with the profession's high standards.

For more information, please visit the Pharm.D. section.

Graduate Programs

Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutics degree programs emphasize independent research that focuses on the in-depth study of a pharmacological or pharmaceutical problem in each student's chosen research specialty area. These degree programs allow students to master the skills necessary for careers in academia, industry and government.

Pharmacology emphasizes molecular and cellular aspects of pharmacological research to understand function at the cellular, organ and whole body level. Areas of research emphasis in the department include cardiovascular/renal pharmacology, cellular signalling and transport, traditional medicine and natural products, and neuropharmacology. Students in the Pharmacology program may develop research programs in the areas of renal, autonomic, central nervous system, cardiovascular pharmacology, signal transduction, cellular physiology of exercise and aging, protein biochemistry or medicinal chemistry of natural products.

Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry encompasses the search for, design of and synthesis of new drug entities, structural analysis of drugs, structure-activity relationships, interactions between drugs and molecular targets, natural product chemistry and aspects of drug metabolism. Students in this concentration take substitute Pharmacology courses with Medicinal Chemistry and Chemistry course, and study with designated Medicinal Chemistry faculty.

Pharmaceutics emphasizes development of novel drug delivery methods, absorption, metabolism and drug formulations. Early course work provides a solid foundation in pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, physical pharmacy, dosage formulation and delivery systems. Areas of research interest include oral dosage formulations, transdermal and liposomal drug delivery, therapeutic DNA delivery, absorption and metabolism, and pharmacokinetics. Students in the Pharmaceutics program may develop research programs in the areas of drug delivery systems, drug stability, dosage forms and pharmacokinetics.

For more information, please visit the Pharmacology & Pharmaceutics section.

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy

The mission of the Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy doctoral program is to advance research and development in the field of pharmaceutical health outcomes and policy to enhance the safe and effective delivery of pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical care. Doctoral students are trained to conduct theory-based, systematic and scientific inquiry to generate new knowledge of drug therapy safety and effectiveness, patient and provider health behaviors and preferences, health system organization and delivery, and the impact of the pharmacy profession on public health.

Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy research encompasses issues and topics related to Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Management, Health Services Research, Pharmacy Business Administration, Pharmaceutical and Pharmacy Management, Pharmaceutical Marketing, Consumer Health Behavior, Managed Health Care, Health Policy, Pharmaceutical Care, Health Systems Operations, and Information Systems in Health Care. 

For more information, please visit the Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy program section. 

Pharmacy Leadership and Administration Concurrent M.S./PGY1-PGY2 Residency

The Houston Program – comprising an M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration/PGY1-PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration – is designed to prepare pharmacists with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume positions of management and leadership in healthcare. Open to Pharm.D. graduates who are eligible for Texas licensure, the program offers a unique opportunity for learning, teaching and collaborating with leading institutions of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. 

Students will obtain an M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administation with a focus on pharmacy leadership from UHCOP while concurrently complete PGY1 and PGY2 residency training from the following TMC Institutions: CHI St. Luke's Health/Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Harris Health System, Houston Methodist Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Health Care System, and Texas Children's Hospital.

For more information, please visit the M.S./PGY1-PGY2 Residency pages under Graduate Programs section.

Dual Degree Programs

Pharm.D./MBA 

A collaboration between UHCOP and UH's C.T. Bauer College of Business, the Pharm.D./Master of Business Administration dual-degree program is designed to meet the increasing demand for pharmacy professionals with advanced business skills and knowledge in areas ranging from operations, finance, project management, marketing and entrepreneurship.

The dual-degree program allows students to complete both programs in less time and at lower cost than if the programs were pursued separately. Application and admission to the Pharm.D. and MBA programs are independent. Upon acceptance into both programs, students must petition the Pharm.D./MBA coordinator at both colleges for admission into the dual-degree program.

For more information, please visit the Pharm.D./MBA page within the Dual Programs section.

Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics

Please note: Due to the additional academic and/or research commitment required of students, the college requires applicants to have successfully completed the first year (P1) of the Pharm.D. curriculum before being considered for admission into the Pharm.D./Ph.D. program. 

The Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics dual degree program is designed for the highly motivated and qualified individuals who are seeking an integrated program in the clinical and basic sciences preparing them for a career in academics or research. The graduate will be able to assume a leadership role in and provide exemplary service to a range of private sector, government and academic institutions concerned with health care. 

By carefully structuring the dual degree program on a year-round basis, it is possible to complete the requirements of both the Pharmacy Doctorate and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in seven years. Only a select few students will be able to meet the rigors and demands of such an academic endeavor. 

For more information, please visit the Pharm.D./Ph.D. page within the Dual Programs section.