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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Pharmacology/Pharmaceutics, PharmD/PhD

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PharmD/PhD Program

The PharmD/PhD program is an integrated program which allows a student to complete the degrees in a shorter duration of time as opposed to entering each degree program (PharmD followed by PhD) successively.  The PharmD/PhD program at the University of Houston is designed for highly motivated and qualified individuals who are seeking integrated training in the clinical and basic sciences preparing them for a career in academia or research.  By carefully structuring the combined degree program, it is feasible to educate and train students to complete the requirements of both the Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in seven years.  Students will select a research track in pharmacology or pharmaceutics, with emphasis in one of the following disciplines: Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, and Medicinal Chemistry. 

The program’s graduates will have the necessary knowledge of a basic science discipline and a full appreciation of the clinical sciences to excel in and act independently in research.  The graduate will be able to assume a leadership role in and provide exemplary service to a wide spectrum of institutions concerned with health care and/or health delivery.

Admission Requirements

Pharm.D. students may apply during their first professional years, to begin graduate courses during their second professional years. Students must show high academic achievement and obtain research experience during professional year one. Students without a bachelor’s degree will be admitted conditionally, the conditions being that they finish the PharmD degree first, and that they receive satisfactory scores on the general GRE exams. Go here for complete application information: http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/current-students/combined-programs/pharmd-phd/admissions/

Degree Requirements

All PharmD/PhD degree candidates are required to take core courses and courses specific to their chosen research track (Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry or Pharmaceutics). Graduate (PhD) and professional (PharmD) courses are interleaved throughout the approximately seven years that are required to achieve both degrees. The PharmD degree is awarded first, typically after five years. Go here for detailed timetables. 

Required Core Didactic Graduate Courses:

Total 13

Additional Courses

Students also take additional required courses (ten credits for Pharmacology, twelve for Pharmaceutics) and nine credits of graduate level elective courses in their area of emphasis. 


 Additional required didactic graduates courses for the Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology

  • PCOL 6462 Cardiovascular and Renal Pharmacology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PCOL 7362 Neuropharmacology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PCOL 7350 Cellular Pharmacology Credit Hours: 3.0

Additional required didactic graduates courses for the Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics

  • PCEU 6342 Advanced Pharmaceutics I.  Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PCEU 6345 Advanced Pharmaceutics II Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PCEU 7340 Advanced Drug Delivery. Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PCEU 7350 Fundamental Laboratory Methods Credit Hours: 3.0

Further, students are given credit for an additional 3-6 credit hours of didactic courses in the Ph.D. program because they take equivalent courses in the Pharm.D. program. Therefore, students will take an additional 25-30 credit hours of didactic and 41-42 hours of research courses prior to completion of their Ph.D. program.  Special problems courses may account for no more than half of the research credits. The courses will be predominantly from the course offerings in the College of Pharmacy and the respective discipline.  Some courses may be taken at other colleges in the University and/or from institutions at the Texas Medical Center.  

Students are required to take 9 graduate credit hours of electives

The courses below are electives offered by the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Students are also encouraged to take courses in other departments or at other institutions to fulfill elective credits if those courses are more appropriate for their studies.

Elective Courses in Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology

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