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RESPONSIBILITY. INNOVATION. COLLABORATION.

The University of Houston College of Pharmacy combines the opportunities and experiences of the Texas Medical Center’s world-class healthcare community with resources of the University of Houston, the state's premier urban teaching and research university, to offer its students the best possible education. The UH College of Pharmacy aspires to foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an environment where students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills consistent with the high standards of their profession and/or scientific field.

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At A Glance

  • #1Texas First-time Pass Rate 2017, 2018, 2019 NAPLEX Exam (NABP)
  • #22Research funding among pharmacy colleges (AACP)
  • #16Pharmaceutics Ph.D. program (NRC)
  • #26Ph.D.s conferred among pharmacy colleges (AACP)
  • #8U.S. First-time Pass Rate NAPLEX Exam (NABP)
  • #31Top Colleges of Pharmacy for 2021 (US News & World Report)

Degree & Post-Graduate Programs


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Pharm.D. Professional Program

With more than 100 distinct career paths, the Pharm.D. professional degree program prepares students to become practice-ready medication experts in the safe, effective use of drug therapies to achieve optimal patient health outcomes. Learn More >

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Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. with a Concentration in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy trains students to analyze complex issues of cost, access, and quality of pharmaceutical care from clinical, sociobehavioral, economic, and technological perspectives. Learn More >

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Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. with a Concentration in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology actively engages students in drug discovery, development, and target identification while being preparing them to conduct independent research in the search for life-saving therapies. Learn More >

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Pharmacy Leadership & Administration

Designed to develop pharmacy innovators and pioneers, the M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration is part of 'The Houston Program' in collaboration with seven fellow Texas Medical Center institutions offering PGY1-PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency programs. Learn More >

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Residency & Fellowship

Through post-graduate training in the clinical, community, laboratory and classroom settings, UHCOP offers unique residency and fellowship opportunities in academic, infectious diseases, and ambulatory care pharmacy and research. Learn More >

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Dual Degree Programs

The Pharm.D./MBA, Pharm.D./Ph.D., and Ph.D./M.A. in Applied Economics dual degree programs offer enhanced education and training in such career fields as entrepreneurship, translational research, and health economics and outcomes research. Learn More >

Rio Grande Valley Pharm.D. Satellite Program

As part of its commitment to reducing health disparities across Texas and providing cuturally and linguistically competent patient care, UHCOP has established the Rio Grande Valley Pharm.D. Satellite Program to expand clinical pharmacy services as well as clinical and translational research in the rapidly growing region of South Texas. The UHCOP RGV Pharm.D. Satellite Program is in collaboration with Edinburg, Texas-based DHR Health.

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News

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    ASP Chapter Wins Medication Safety Outreach Award

    UHCOP's American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Chapter was recognized with a regional award for its Generation Rx outreach.
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    Zhang Heads New UH Drug Discovery Institute

    The UH Drug Discovery Institute, which aims to transform the drug discovery and development process through multidisciplinary collaboration and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence will be led by UHCOP Professor Ruiwen Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., DABT.
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    SAMHSA Grant Aids Substance Use Disorder Training

    Faculty member Austin De La Cruz, Pharm.D., BCPP, and postdoctoral fellow Tamara Al Rawwad, Ph.D., have received a $200K federal grant to develop and implement enhanced substance use disorder training for pharmacy and medicine students.

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    Ancient Herbal Formula Eyed for Chemotherapy Relief

    Professor Ming Hu, Ph.D., has been awarded a $996K NIH grant to study the potential benefits of using an ancient Chinese herbal formula called Xiao-Chai-Hu Tang (XCHT) to reduce or prevent side effects of a common end-stage chemotherapy drug.

Research

UHCOP faculty members have received national recognition for their research and service. Recent faculty publications have appeared in such journals as Nature and Science, as well as major pharmacological, pharmaceutical and physiological journals. College faculty research and program initiatives include cardiovascular studies, nanoparticle drug delivery systems, neuropharmacology, signal transduction mechanisms, aging and exercise, infectious disease protocols, and patient counseling, and opioid misuse prevention strategies.

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