Pre-Pharmacy (Undergraduate Major)
Pre-Pharmacy encompasses the prerequisite coursework required to apply for entrance into the Pharmacy Doctorate (Pharm.D.) Professional Pharmacy degree program. Pre-Pharmacy involves at least two years of undergraduate coursework as specified in the Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisites of the UH Undergraduate Catalog. For more information about the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum as well as advice on how to prepare yourself for an education and career in pharmacy, please visit the Pre-Pharmacy section or the UH Undergraduate Catalog.
Pharm.D. (Professional Pharmacy)
The Pharm.D. (Pharmacy Doctorate) is the entry-level degree for professional pharmacy in the U.S. Pharmacists practice in a variety of patient care and research settings, including clinics/hospitals, community pharmacy, managed- and long-term care facilities, government/public health, non-profit organizations and foundations, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Entrance into the Pharm.D. program requires at least two years of Pre-Pharmacy undergraduate prerequisite coursework, followed by the four-year Pharm.D. curriculum. UH College of Pharmacy's student-centered, competency-based professional curriculum includes significant critical thinking and problem-solving exercises, case studies, and small group instruction. The College aspires to foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an environment where students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills consistent with the profession's high standards.
For more information, please visit the Pharm.D. section.
Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 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. Students in this concentration take substitute Pharmacology courses with Medicinal Chemistry and Chemistry course, and study with designated Medicinal Chemistry faculty.
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.
For more information, please visit the Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy program section.
Concurrent M.S./PGY1-PGY2 Residency in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration
The M.S./PGY1-PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration: The Houston Program is designed to prepare pharmacists have completed a pharmacy degree and are eligible for Texas licensure with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume positions of management and leadership in healthcare. The program offers a unique opportunity for learning, teaching and collaborating within the organizations of the Texas Medical Center.
Students will obtain a M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administation* with a focus on pharmacy leadership from the UH College of Pharmacy while concurrently complete PGY1 and PGY2 residency training from the following Texas Medical Center Institutions: CHI St. Luke's Health/Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Harris Health System, Houston Methodist Hospital, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Health Care System, and Texas Children's Hospital.
*Note: The M.S. degree currently offered at UHCOP is in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Poicy, but administrators are seeking a name change to the M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration through Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Please note: Due to the additional academic and/or research commitment required of students in the college's Combined Programs, the college requires applicants to have successfully completed the first year (P1) of the Pharm.D. curriculum before being considered for admission into the Pharm.D./Ph.D. program. The Concurrent M.S./Residency in Pharmacy Administration program is a post-graduate training program requiring the completion of B.S. in Pharmacy or Pharm.D. degree as a minimum criterion for admission eligibility.
Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics Combined Program
The Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics Combined Program is designed for the highly motivated and qualified individuals who are seeking an integrated program in the clinical and basic sciences preparing them for a career in academics or 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. The program's graduate 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.
By carefully structuring the combined degree program on a year-round basis, it is possible to complete the requirements of both the Pharmacy Doctorate and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in seven years. Only a select few students will be able to meet the rigors and demands of such an academic endeavor. The degree program complements and not supplants the existing Pharm.D. and Ph.D. programs.