Degree Requirements

Core courses for Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice graduate students are fairly standard. After the student chooses a Supervising Professor, that Professor assumes the major responsibility for academic advising and supervision, though paperwork must still go through the office of the Graduate Advisor. Further information and assistance can be obtained from the College of Pharmacy Graduate Coordinator.


Progression

Master’s degree:  All requirements for a master’s degree must be completed within one six-year period. Work over six years old can be reinstated only with the permission of the Graduate Dean, upon recommendation of the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice faculty.

Doctoral degree: All completed work that is included in a doctoral student’s degree program at the time of admission to candidacy must have been taken within the previous six years (exclusive of a maximum of three years of military service).

Minimally Acceptable Progress for PhD: In order to remain in the PhD program, a student must continue to make progress toward the degree. The following progression time-lines have been established as Minimally Acceptable Progress (MAP). All students are required to satisfy these conditions of MAP. If a requirement is not satisfied by the year shown, the student will be placed on academic probation in that semester. If the requirement is not satisfied by the following semester, the student will be placed on final probation. Failure to satisfy any requirement within two semesters of the deadline will result in re-evaluation of your continuation in the program by Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice faculty and possible dismissal from the program.

  • Pass all required coursework requirements – end of year 3 (supplementary coursework allowed after year 3)
  • Pass qualifying exams – end of year 4
  • Pass proposal defense – end of year 5
  • Pass defense – end of year 6

The Master of Science Degree

The following is a summary of requirements for students in the Masters program. For a detailed curriculum and additional requirements, please see the Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice Guide to Graduate Study.

SUPERVISING PROFESSOR

During the second Fall semester, each graduate student chooses an area of specialization.  The student should approach and obtain approval from a faculty member within the division to serve as their Supervising Professor.

SUPERVISING COMMITTEE

Each master’s degree program is developed under the guidance of a Supervising Committee composed of two or more members of a Graduate Studies Committee.  The Supervising Committee is responsible for the quality, depth, and balance of the student’s educational experience. The student, working with their supervisor, selects committee members, who in turn will determine if the student’s  topic of choice is approved.

PROGRAM OF WORK

Each student’s program must include at least thirty semester hours of graduate-level course work, including the thesis.

MS PROPOSAL DEFENSE

Each student must submit a proposal of their project to members of the Master’s Committee once it has been approved by your supervising professor at least two weeks before the defense of the proposal. The proposal should contain the introduction, literature review, rationale, objectives and proposed methodology for the students’ project. The student is responsible for reserving a room and A/V equipment for the defense.

MS ORAL DEFENSE

An oral examination of the thesis is required by the division. A complete draft of the thesis that has been approved by your supervising professor, must be submitted to each member of the Committee at least two weeks before the defense date. If the student does not pass the oral examination, a second opportunity will be given after an appropriate period to allow for further preparation. If the student does not pass the second examination, the student will be dropped from the graduate program.


Pre-dissertation Project

If an incoming PharmD, MBA graduate, or non-thesis MS student chooses not to pursue a Master of Science Degree, then a pre-dissertation project must be completed prior to the student entering doctoral candidacy status.

The purpose of the pre-dissertation project is to give incoming students experience in conducting research prior to his or her dissertation project.

SUPERVISING PROFESSOR

During the Fall semester of their second year in the program, students will submit a concept proposal outlining a project topic. Based on research interests and areas of expertise, the student will be matched with a supervising faculty member to develop and complete the project.

PROGRAM OF WORK

Each student’s program must include at least 30 semester hours of graduate-level coursework, including the pre-dissertation project report, prepared under the direction of the supervising professor. Six semester hours of credit are granted for researching and writing the report. Course PHR 693A (research project) must precede course PHR 693B (writing period); 693A may not be repeated. To receive a grade for 693B, the student must prepare a final report and submit a manuscript of their project to a peer-reviewed journal.Qualifying exams for a PhD cannot be started until both PHR 693A and PHR 693B have been completed.


The Doctor of Philosophy Degree

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

All the completed course work, which is included in a degree program at the time of admission to candidacy for a doctoral degree, must have been taken within the preceding six years (exclusive of a maximum of three years of military service). All doctoral work is subject to review by the Graduate Dean.

In addition to courses and research in a field of specialization, additional work is taken to broaden or supplement the field. This supporting work may consist of course work in one area or several; it may be in conference, laboratory, or problems courses; or it may be a supervised activity off campus relevant to the major interest.

 ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY

Students seeking the Ph.D. degree must be admitted to candidacy on the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Administrative Sub-committee. Students may not register for the dissertation until they are admitted to candidacy, and completion of coursework does not in itself constitute admission. Formal admission to doctoral candidacy consists of the submission and approval of the following:

  1. Supervising Professor: Incoming students do not ordinarily choose a Supervising Professor until their second Fall semester. During this time, each new graduate is expected to talk with each faculty member within the division. Upon choosing an area of specialization, the student should approach and obtain approval from a faculty member within the division to serve as their Supervising Professor.
  2. Program of Work: The Program of Work comprises a list of courses taken and proposed and the prospective dissertation title. The Dissertation Committee may, in a review of the Program of Work, recommend additional course requirements to the Graduate Studies Administrative Subcommittee.
  3. Qualifying Examination: Having completed the major portion of coursework, and having decided on a dissertation topic, the Ph.D. student shall request that the Supervising Professor convene a Committee for the purpose of administering a qualifying examination. The examining Committee shall consist of the Supervising Professor and at least 3 other faculty members who may or may not be on the Supervising Committee. One member of this Committee must be from outside the College of Pharmacy, at least two members of this Committee should be from the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division, and at least half should be from the College of Pharmacy. The qualifying examination consists of three components: 1) a written closed-book exam which is a comprehensive examination of prior coursework and issues in Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice and related areas of study; 2) one written open-book data analysis assignment to be completed within a 7-day time period; 3) a second open-book assignment to be completed in a 14-day time period. The second open-book portion consists of a mini-proposal for your intended project, including the literature review on your topic, study objectives, and possible methodology for conducting your project. If your major professor has already approved your written proposal, he/she may require a different project for the second open-book assignment. All three parts of the examination must be completed within a 45-day time period.

THE DISSERTATION COMMITTEE

The Dissertation Committee advises the student on the research and writing of the dissertation, conducts the final oral examination, and approves the dissertation. There are a minimum of 4 members of the dissertation committee. The chairman of the Dissertation Committee ordinarily serves as the supervisor of research. Other members of the Committee should be consulted as appropriate. Occasionally, an adjunct faculty member may be recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee to serve as the research supervisor for a specific dissertation. When the research supervisor is not a member of the Graduate Studies Committee or not a member of the division, a member of the Graduate Studies Committee from the division will be appointed as co-chairman of the Dissertation Committee. At least two members of the committee should be from the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice division, at least half of the members of the committee should be from the College of Pharmacy, and at least one member of the committee should be from outside the College of Pharmacy. If there are any changes made to the committee, you must file a change of committee form at that time. Changes in the dissertation committee must be submitted at least 30 days before the dissertation defense (Final Oral examination).

THE DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE

Each student must submit a dissertation proposal which has been approved by your supervising professor to members of the Dissertation Committee at least two weeks before the defense of the proposal. The proposal should contain the introduction, literature review, rationale, objectives and proposed methodology for the students’ dissertation project. The proposal should be successfully defended before data collection and analysis begins. The student is responsible for reserving a room and A/V equipment for the defense.

FINAL ORAL EXAMINATION (Defense of Dissertation)

A satisfactory final oral examination is required for the approval of a dissertation. A written request to hold the final oral examination must be submitted to the Graduate School at least two weeks in advance.

A complete draft of the dissertation, which has been approved by the supervising professor, (including the title page, table of contents, text, references, tables, and appendices) must be submitted to each member of the Committee at least three weeks before the defense date. University-wide formatting guidelines must be followed (these are available on-line). The defense date must be set to allow ample time for revisions. The Dissertation Committee Chair does not sign the signature page until revisions are satisfactory. At his/her discretion, your major professor may require that you complete and submit a manuscript based on your dissertation before signing your graduation forms. The student is responsible for reserving a room and A/V equipment for the defense.

Dissertation defense dates and times are published to allow non-committee members to attend. The examination covers the dissertation and the general field of the dissertation and such other parts of the student’s program as the Committee determines. If the members of the Committee are satisfied that (1) the dissertation is an independent investigation in the major field and itself constitutes a contribution to knowledge, (2) the student has passed the final oral examination, and (3) the student has submitted for publication in Dissertation Abstracts International an abstract approved by the Committee, they indicate approval on the Report of Dissertation Defense. The decision of the Committee must be unanimous.


Coursework Checklist

Graduate Level Didactic Courses in Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice

(M.S. – Check two; Ph.D. – Check two more )

___ Pharmacoeconomics – PGS 393T (Spring; each year)

___ Healthcare Systems – PGS 381N (Spring; odd years)

___ Health Behavior Theory and Medication Use – PGS 384N (Fall; odd years)

___ Intro to Pharmacoepidemiology – PGS 384S (Spring; even years)

___ Advanced Pharmacoepidemiology – PGS 381M (Fall; even years)

___ Health-Related Quality of Life – PGS 393Q (Summer; odd years)

___ Other substitute (Please specify _______________)

Statistics

(M.S. – Check two; Ph.D. – Check two more)

___ Introduction to Statistics – EDP 371 or Fundamental Statistics EDP 380E

___ Experimental Design and Inferential Statistics – EDP 482K

___ Correlation and Regression – EDP 382K – Topic 2

___ Multivariate Analysis – EDP 382K – Topic 4

___ Regression Analysis – SDS 384 – Topic 4

___ Multivariate Models – SDS 385

___ Other Substitute (please specify ________________)

 Research Methods/Ethics – M.S.

___ Experimental Design and Research Methods in Healthcare – PGS 390K (Fall; each year)

___ Data Analysis in Healthcare – PGS 390J – (Summer; each year)

___ Research Ethics – PGS 185D (Fall; each year)

Research Methods – PhD

___ Advanced Research Methods – PGS 390U (Spring; odd years)

___ Communication Skills for Scientists – PGS 487Q (Summer; each year)

___ Pharmacy and Its Disciplines – PGS 191Q (Spring; each year)

Minor Area Outside of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice

(M.S. – List two courses in the same discipline area; PhD – List two more)

*Fellowship/residency hours may substitute

Research Methods (3 hours) – (Outside of the College of Pharmacy)

(Ph.D. – List one)

Theoretically based graduate level course (3 hours) – (Outside of the College of Pharmacy)

(Ph.D. – List one)

Any additional course(s) added by your supervisor


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