Division-Specific Tracks in Pharmaceutical Sciences


Students applying to the graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences will select a division-specific training track that most closely matches their  interests. Each of the five division specific tracks, listed below, have course work and research training specifically tailored for training in the track-specific field.

In addition, students interested in developing a dissertation project outside the constraints of a traditional track-specific discipline may choose to customize their curriculum and training by participating in an “interdisciplinary” track. For example, a student may be interested in the study of the relationships between drug addiction and cancer development, environmental factors in fetal brain development, or unique methods of drug delivery in specially-designed new medicinal products. These are only a few examples of a multitude of interdisciplinary topics that could be envisioned by the curious student.

Applicants interested in the interdisciplinary track option must first elect one of the five division-specific training tracks as their home program during the admissions application process. Upon entering the program, and working under the direction of one or more faculty mentors, a customized curriculum can be developed. Please contact the Pharmacy Graduate Coordinator for further clarification or questions on the interdisciplinary track.

Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice

Research and training in this track is focused on the evaluation of pharmacists’ services, pharmaceutical products, other healthcare services and interventions, and patient behaviors.  Research is conducted in the following areas:

  • Health Behavior Theory and the Medication Use Process;
  • Health Services Research (utilization and expenditures for medications and other healthcare services);
  • Pharmacoeonomics (including Quality of Life);
  • Pharmacoepidemiology; and
  • Public Health and Disease Prevention.


Application information is available on the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Site.

Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry

Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry emphasize the study of chemical and biochemical rationales for the design and development of drugs. Information on the objectives and curriculum of the graduate track in chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, as well as the faculty areas of research can be found on the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry website.


Pharmaceutics is comprised of those disciplines that are involved with dosage forms in pharmaceutical practice. Sub-disciplines within pharmaceutics include:

  1. Formulation Science in which physics and chemistry are used to prepare effective dosage forms,
  2. Biopharmaceutics in which the interactions between the dosage form, itself, and various biological factors in the persons taking the dosage form are studied, and
  3. Pharmacokinetics in which the time course of drugs in the body and the factors influencing the time course are studied analytically and mathematically.

Application information is available on the Division of Pharmaceutics site.

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology studies encompass drug discovery, their mechanisms of action, chemical properties, and the deleterious effects of drugs and toxicants on biological systems. In this track, students select from one of two sub-tracks: neuropharmacology (how drugs act on the brain) or mechanistic molecular toxicology (cellular and biochemical events associated with the adverse effects of drugs, toxicants, and chemicals). Application information is available on the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology site.


The mission of the Division of Pharmacotherapy is to train and educate pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists to provide specialty pharmacotherapeutic services including primary care and to conduct translational, transdisciplinary and other types of innovative research. The Division also holds with equal value its efforts in the areas of research, practice, and education. Application information is available on the Division of Pharmacotherapy site.

Please contact the Pharmacy Graduate Coordinator for further clarification or questions.