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.

More information on Graduate Faculty Students in the program conduct hypothesis-driven clinical and translational 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 conducting clinical studies. Upon completion of all program requirements, including curriculum, exams, and dissertation, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is awarded.

Areas of research include:

  • Cardiology
  • Clinical pharmacology/drug metabolism
  • Infectious diseases
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacogenomics/personalized medicine
  • Psychiatry

Curriculum

Required Core Courses Credit Hours
Pharmacogenetics of Drug Metabolism and Transport (PHA6427)3
Pharmacogenomics (PHA6449) 3
Statistics course series (two 3 credit courses such as: PHC6052 and PHC6053; STA6166 and STA6167; or GMS 6862 and GMS6863)6
Responsible conduct of biomedical research (e.g. GMS7003)1
Research Seminar (PHA6938) – taken up to three times for 1 credit hour each3
Intro to Graduate Skills (PHA6894)1
Life cycle of a drug (PHA6935)1
Population Genetics (PHC6937) OR Advanced Genetics (PCB5065)3-4
Grant Writing (PHA6935)1
PTR Journal Club (PHA7939) – taken up to three times for 1 credit hr each3
Advanced Research (PHA7979)Varies
Doctoral Research (PHA7980)Varies
Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology (BCH6415)3
Additional elective courses are available depending on background/interests

Clinical Experience

Graduate students clinically trained as a pharmacist (usually with a Pharm.D.) will be expected to provide limited clinical service within the UF Precision Medicine Program during their first and second years. Students will need to become licensed in the State of Florida in order to provide this service. Several additional clinical opportunities may also be available in the areas of ambulatory care, oncology, and infectious disease.

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: A total of 90 credit hours with the inclusion of didactic and elective course credits and research/dissertation credits. Program duration: Approximately 4 years.

Who Should Apply?

Applicants who hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited institution are given priority in the selection process.  However, all eligible applicants who hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees in pharmacy, biology, or related sciences will be considered.

How Much Does It Cost?

Students selected into the program may be offered a tuition waiver, and a teaching assistantship with an associated stipend. For those training to become clinician-scientists, students will provide clinical care in the UF Health system, including the UF Precision Medicine Program.

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