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Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences

There is a strong need for clinically-trained individuals who also have rigorous research training to facilitate bench-to-bedside or translational research. Indeed, the need for clinicians trained to work in interdisciplinary, team-oriented research environments has been highlighted by the National Institutes of Health. The University of Florida College of Pharmacy has established a Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences training program with a goal to prepare motivated individuals to pursue independent research careers in academia, industry, or government. The current research focus of the program is on understanding genetic and non-genetic factors that contribute to variability in drug response. Selected areas of research include pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine, cardiology, asthma/pulmonary, infectious diseases, oncology, psychiatry, and clinical pharmacology/drug metabolism. Students in the program conduct hypothesis-driven clinical research that includes a strong laboratory component. Excellent research facilities are available including state-of-the art bioanalytical and pharmacogenomics laboratories, and an NIH-funded Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Clinical Research Center (UF CRC) for clinical study conduction. Upon completion of the core/elective curriculum and dissertation, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree is awarded.

Curriculum

Required Core Courses Credit Hours
Pharmacogenetics of drug metabolism and transport (PHA6427) 2
Pharmacogenomics (PHA6449) 2
Statistics Courses (two 3cr courses such as: PHC6052 and PHC6053; STA6166 and STA6167; or GMS 6862 and GMS6863) 6
Advanced Pharmacokinetics (PHA6125) 3
Responsible conduct of biomedical research (e.g. GMS7003) 1
Research Seminar (PHA6938) – taken three times for 1 credit hour each
3
Advanced Research (PHA7979) Varies
Doctoral Research (PHA7980) Varies
Additional elective courses are available depending on background/interests

Clinical Experience

Graduate students in the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences program are expected to actively participate in clinical practice experiences and are required to spend 200 hours (minimum) to 600 hours (recommended) in a clinical practice setting. These experiences strengthen clinical background and foster development of the student as a translational research scientist.

Typical Timeline

  • Year 1 – 2: Completion of Curriculum. Selection of Major Advisor and Graduate Committee.
  • Year 2 – 3: Completion of elective course-work and the Oral Comprehensive Examination.
  • Year 3 – end: Completion of dissertation research. Dissertation preparation and defense.

Total Credits for Degree Confirmation: Didactic credits: 32 and a total of 90 credit hours with the inclusion of research/dissertation and elective credits. Program duration: approximately 4 years.

Who Should Apply?

Preference will be given to candidates who have earned a PharmD degree from an accredited school of pharmacy. A student enrolled in the University of Florida PharmD program may pursue a combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. under current College of Pharmacy guidelines (joint degree programs).

How Much Does It Cost?

Students selected into the program may be offered a Teaching Assistantship and tuition waiver. As part of training, students will provide clinical pharmaceutical care in the University of Florida Shands Hospital and clinics. Individuals not eligible for pharmacy licensure in Florida can be awarded a Teaching Assistantship, which includes a stipend and tuition remission.

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