A predoctoral training program encompassing traditional and clinically oriented research focusing on an understanding of the mechanisms of drug action, the delivery of new drugs and their targets, delivery of drugs to their site of action and an evaluation of the therapeutic response.
There are 3 Tracks through which a student can obtain a Ph.D. in the College of Pharmacy. The Traditional Pharmaceutical Science Track provides training that is based on advanced coursework in contemporary basic pharmaceutical sciences plus independent laboratory or computational research under the direction of a faculty mentor. In the Traditional Pharmaceutical Science Track, the many research opportunities available are organized into two broad disciplinary areas - the Drug Discovery Area and the Drug Development Area. The Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics Track requires a degree in an area of professional health care, and focuses on training in translational research at the interface between basic and clinical studies. The newest Track is an innovative Ph.D. program in Pharmaceutical Policy, arranged jointly by the College of Pharmacy and The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, in which students receive training in policy planning and analysis of areas such as risks and benefits associated with medication use, government regulation of pharmaceuticals, or pharmaceutical company costs associated with bringing a new product to market.