Dec 01, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Pharmaceutical Sciences, PhD


College of Pharmacy  > Pharmaceutical Sciences, PhD

The Pharmaceutical Sciences doctoral degree program at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy offers a learning and research environment that combines the collaborative opportunities of the Texas Medical Center’s world-class healthcare and scientific community with the academic resources and award-winning faculty at Houston’s only Carnegie Institute-designated Tier One public research university.

Pharmaceutical Sciences research emphases in the pharmaceutics area include drug formulation and delivery; drug absorption, metabolism, elimination, and toxicity; and pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of anti-cancer, anti-AIDS and anti-microbial drugs.

For more information, please visit the Pharmacological & Pharmaceutical Sciences webpage: https://uh.edu/pharmacy/about-us/academic-depts/pps/.

Admission Requirements


Applicants to the Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy PhD program must have either completed or expect to complete a BS degree in a similar area with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Applicants with a pharmacy background and/or advanced training will be given preference, and prospective students with health care-related backgrounds and/or experience are encouraged to apply. A GRE score is required to apply for the PhD program, and will be considered holistically with the student’s other credentials. International applicants have additional documentation and/or test score submission requirements, which can be viewed on the International Graduate Students page.

For more information, please visit the Admissions for PhD Programs webpage: http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/graduate-programs/phd-graduate-admissions/.

Degree Requirements


Credit hours required for this degree: 75.0

Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy (PHOP) Concentration


Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy consists of pharmaceutical practice and policy research, a multidisciplinary field that examines cost, access, and quality of pharmaceutical care from clinical, socio-behavioral, economic, organizational and technological perspectives. Traditional and innovative areas of pharmaceutical health outcomes research include pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, and translational research.

Doctoral Dissertation


Electives


  • Electives Credit Hours: 18.0

Pharmaceutics Concentration


Pharmaceutics emphasizes the development of novel drug delivery methods, drug absorption, metabolism and 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 concentration develop research programs in the areas of drug delivery systems, drug stability, dosage forms and pharmacokinetics.

Pharmaceutics Literary Review


Special Problems


Total Credit Hours: 20.0

Doctoral Research


Total Credit Hours: 15.0

Doctoral Dissertation


Electives


  • Electives Credit Hours: 6.0

Pharmacology Concentration


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 signaling and transport, traditional medicine and natural products, cancer biology, skeletal muscle development and neuropharmacology. Students in the Pharmacology concentration 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.

Special Problems


Total Credit Hours: 20.0

Doctoral Research


Total Credit Hours: 15.0

Doctoral Dissertation


Total Credit Hours: 3.0

Electives


Total Credit Hours: 3.0

Department/Program Academic Policies


A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) must be maintained in all graduate level courses required for the PhD degree in order to obtain an advanced degree from the College of Pharmacy. Graduate-level courses are defined as all courses required for the PhD degree as defined either by the department and/or dissertation committee. Graduate students are allowed only two ‘C’ grades throughout the PhD program. Students will be automatically put on probation upon receipt of their second ‘C’ grade and will be withdrawn from the program upon receipt of their third ‘C’ grade. Additionally, students receiving a grade below ‘C’ in any core course are required to repeat the course during its next offering. A student with a D, F, or I as the most recent grade in a graduate level course for a degree plan will not be eligible for graduation.