Graduate Programs

Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy Pharmacy Leadership and Administration

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

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology or 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.

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. 

Detailed information about the Ph.D. program is available here.

M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration*

The M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration* is part of the Houston Program, one of the premier Health-system Pharmacy Administration training (HSPA) sites in the country. The program incorporating a M.S. degree with  concurrent PGY1 pharmacy practice and PGY2 in HSPA residencies from seven leading Texas Medical Center institutions. Taking full advantage of the resources of the world’s largest medical center, the 24-month program offers unique learning, teaching and collaboration opportunities. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of pharmacy leaders. 

*part of the Houston Program in Health-System Pharmacy Administration; UHCOP M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration degree name change pending with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 

Detailed information on the M.S./Residency program is available here