College of Pharmacy


Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Program Purpose

The doctoral program prepares students to be scientific and technical experts in a topical area within the broadly defined field of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry. Training afforded by the program intends to impart state-of-the-art research and effective communication skills to participants for them to contribute as leading professionals to either the industrial or academic missions of the pharmaceutics field. Students successful in obtaining the Ph.D. should be fully prepared for a range of professional postdoctoral research positions in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors, or to become faculty or technical staff in academic or professional programs.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of basic biomedical, chemical and physical sciences underlying the field of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry;
  • demonstrate a mature understanding of current methods of modern drug delivery, drug stability, drug in vivo behaviors and therapeutic action, and formulation strategies to optimize therapeutic benefits;
  • be able to identify, compile, analyze, and assess technical, scientific and health-care related information from a variety of sources and perspectives;
  • be able to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to formulate a technical critique and express that argument clearly and cogently both orally and in writing;
  • demonstrate effective technical communication skills necessary to understand, contribute and participate in state-of-the-field discussions and forums;
  • exhibit a broad problem-solving ability in modern issues of drug delivery, pharmaceutics and translational biomedical research;
  • be fully prepared for professional postdoctoral entry-level research positions in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors, or as faculty or technical staff in an academic or professional technical training program;
  • possess state-of-the-art research skills, competence and practical techniques required to independently design, test and implement modern pharmaceutical methods, assays, technologies, and innovative therapeutics.