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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
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About the College of Pharmacy

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Office of the Dean
(713) 743-1300
141 Science and Research 2

Office of Admissions (Professional Program)
(713) 743-1239
122 Science and Research 2

Executive Vice Dean for Research
(713) 743-3777
453E Science and Research 2

Associate Dean for Operations
(713) 743-1262
141 Science and Research 2

Assistant Dean for Experiential Programs
(713) 795-8337
431 Pharmacy Building, Texas Medical Center

Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
(713) 743-1298
122 Science and Research 2

Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
(Ph.D. Program in Pharmacology/Pharmaceutics)
(713) 743-1222
521 Science and Research 2

Clinical Sciences and Ph.D. and Administration
M.S. Pharmacy Administration
(713) 795-8380
318 Pharmacy Building, Texas Medical Center


Lamar Pritchard, Ph.D., University of Georgia

Executive Vice Dean for Research:
Mustafa F. Lokhandwala, Ph.D., University of Houston

Associate Dean for Operations:
Shara L. Zatopek, M.A., Houston Baptist University

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:
Andrea L. Smesny, Pharm.D., University of Houston

Assistant Dean for Student and Professional Affairs & Director of Counseling and

Barbara Lewis, M.A.M.F.C., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Licensed Professional

Assistant Dean for Experienial Programs:
Nancy Ordonez, Ph.D., University of Houston

Director of Assessment:
Julie Szilagyi, Ph.D., Ohio State University

College Business Administrator:
Shaki Commissariat, University of Houston

Director of Communications :
David Chip Lambert, B.S., Sam Houston State University

Director of Graduate Education Pharmacological/Pharmaceutical Sciences:
Brian J. Knoll, Ph.D. University of Arizona

Director of Graduate Programs in Pharmacy Administration:
Michael Johnson, Ph.D., University of Texas School of Public Health

Assistant Director of Information Technology:
David Wallace, Pharm. D, University of Houston

Director of Academic Program Management:
Barbara Burke, University of Florida

About the Profession of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy, established in 1947, prepares students to enter into the practice of pharmacy and to function as professionals and informed citizens in a changing health care system and to assume important roles as drug information specialists and primary care providers.

Upon graduation, the new professional utilizes a foundation of skills in administrative, biological, clinical, and pharmaceutical sciences to take an active role in contemporary pharmacy practice - shaping policies and the future directions of the profession. Career options in pharmacy are virtually unlimited. From community to hospital practice, from home care to nuclear pharmacy, from clinical practice to basic science research in the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacists participate in areas that provide patient care and unravel the mysteries of human health. Employment opportunities are also available in academia.

Pharmacists educate health care professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and patients in institutions and communities throughout the world. Pharmacists are responsible for supervising the drug distribution process, selecting appropriate drug therapies, determining drug dosages and routes of administration, and monitoring therapeutic outcomes. Working with other health care providers-physicians, nurses, veterinarians, and dentists-pharmacists complement the health care system by providing pharmaceutical care.

About Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences

In addition to training pharmacy professionals, the College of Pharmacy trains students for research careers as in Pharmacologic & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Through its Doctor of Philosophy programs, students are trained as future scientists that will contribute to the understanding of disease states and the development of new therapeutic interventions through basic science research. Graduates of these programs have opportunities in careers including (but not limited to) academic research and teaching, research and development in the pharmaceutical industry, and employment in federal regulatory agencies responsible for the review and approval of new therapeutic agents.

About the Pharm.D./Ph.D. Program

Graduates of our combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. program are uniquely prepared to design and conduct translational research, bridging the gap between basic and clinical sciences.

About the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs in Pharmacy Administration

The University of Houston College of Pharmacy’s Master of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy in Pharmacy Administration is a program designed to prepare students with technical knowledge and problem-solving skills to assume positions of responsibility and leadership. M.S. graduates are prepared to assume mid-level management and analytic positions in health care industry. Ph.D. graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in academia, industry or government regulatory agencies. The mission of these programs is to advance research and development in the field of pharmacy administration to enhance the safe and effective delivery of pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical care.

About the Pharm.D./M.S. Pharmacy Administration Program

The combined PharmD/MS in Pharmacy Administration prepares students to assume positions of responsibility and leadership within the diverse opportunities available in pharmacy and the health care system. This program is designed specifically to develop leaders in pharmacy and other health systems administration while combining clinical skills (patient, drug therapy management, etc) and managerial skills. Pharmacy administration encompasses issues dealing with pharmacoeconomics, managed care, patient behavior, information systems in health care, and  health policy. Pharmaceutical Outcomes Management may be considered as a systematic and scientific way to evaluate drug therapy decisions by measuring and analyzing patient outcomes; and using the information to evaluate and improve the effectiveness and quality of care for a particular group of patients.

About the College

Students at the College of Pharmacy have at their disposal virtually every resource and opportunity they need to acquire a first-class education in pharmacy. In the college’s facility on the University of Houston and the Texas Medical Center campuses, a Computer Technology Center provides advanced hardware and specialized software for class work and research needs. For study and research needs, students can take advantage of the college’s specialized library. The library offers thousands of volumes and more than 165 journal subscriptions. The students have the opportunity to train with physicians, medical students and members of our clinical faculty. In addition to faculty/staff offices, research laboratories and classrooms, the Texas Medical Center building houses the Contemporary Pharmacy Practice Laboratory (CPPL). In the CPPL, students learn techniques in pharmaceutical care by role-playing situations they would experience as pharmacists. The Sterile Products Laboratory teaches students the latest aseptic methods of drug formation and preparation, especially for use in hospitals and home care.

Graduate students in Pharmacology/Pharmaceutics have available to them the research laboratories of the College of Pharmacy on both the University of Houston Main Campus as well as the Texas Medical Center Campus. On the main campus, students can interact with faculty and students in related disciplines such as biology/biochemistry, chemistry, vision sciences, chemical and biomedical engineering. At the Texas Medical Center, our graduate students have the opportunity to take classes and participate in collaborative research projects with faculty at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, the Methodist Hospital, and the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. Current training areas include cardiovascular/renal and neuro-pharmacology, signal transduction and cellular signaling mechanisms, novel drug delivery systems, structural biology, drug absorption and kinetics, and novel dosage forms.

The M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration program is enhanced through its interaction and collaboration with the world renowned institutions at the Texas Medical Center and the University of Houston College of Business Administration’s MBA program, fully accredited by the prestigious American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, thereby creating opportunities for a rich graduate experience.


The College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.