This is the first version of the 2022-23 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The College of Pharmacy offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in pharmacy with subprograms in four areas: clinical pharmaceutical sciences, health services research, medicinal and natural products chemistry, and pharmaceutics.

The clinical pharmaceutical sciences subprogram is designed for students interested in clinical research. The goal is to advance the science of human pharmacology and therapeutics and to improve the safe, effective, and economical use of medications by patients. The subprogram emphasizes the integration of clinical and basic research. It involves advanced studies of clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenetics, and the requirements for regulatory approval of new drugs.

The health services research subprogram provides an innovative approach to studying the challenges facing the health care system and provides evidence to support policy-based solutions. It combines ideas across several distinct scientific paradigms (sociology, economics, psychology, business, and anthropology) to better understand the factors leading to decisions in health care and the consequences of these decisions. Students gain broad knowledge of health and pharmaceutical care, informed by theories from economics and social psychology. The subprogram teaches intellectual and practical skills to investigate research questions dealing with current issues.

The medicinal and natural products chemistry subprogram educates students in the chemistry and biology of drug discovery. It offers an interdisciplinary course of study and challenging opportunities to do fundamental drug-related research in the basic chemical and biological sciences. The subprogram spans many aspects of the subdisciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacology with a common theme of drug discovery. This includes extensive laboratory research aimed at testing a novel hypothesis, which is written and defended as a student's thesis. Contemporary research geared toward drug discovery and design is the cornerstone of graduate study in this area. Students design a course of study, including core courses in synthesis, spectroscopy, enzymology, pharmacology, analytical chemistry, toxicology, and drug design as well as elective courses to maintain breadth and achieve depth in a research area.

The pharmaceutics subprogram provides a multidisciplinary science focus that examines the development, production, and characterization of dosage forms, as well as the disposition and action of drugs in the body. As pharmaceutical scientists have been engaged in the development of novel biomaterials for sophisticated drug delivery systems, they also have expanded into research with applications in the development of medical devices and tissue engineering.

For more information about graduate study, visit the College of Pharmacy website.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • identify important research problems through development of subject matter expertise and critical evaluation of the current state of knowledge in that area of expertise;
  • develop testable hypotheses and/or research questions, and then utilize sound methodology to design research approaches to address them;
  • conduct, analyze, and interpret independent original research that contributes new knowledge to the field of study;
  • effectively communicate research results to a range of audiences in both written and oral formats;
  • conduct all aspects of research and communication of results with the highest ethical standards; and
  • be prepared for a diversity of career options in academia, industry, government, or other relevant fields.

The Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy with a subprogram in clinical pharmaceutical sciences requires 72 s.h. of credit, including 22 s.h. of didactic coursework that consists of required courses and electives. The remaining 50 s.h. consist of research credits, seminars, and additional coursework. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00.

The Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy with a subprogram in clinical pharmaceutical sciences requires the following work.

Biostatistics

Both of these:
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
BIOS:5120/IGPI:5120/STAT:5610Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
Students can substitute one or two of these with advisor approval:
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
EPID:5500Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology3
STAT:4520/IGPI:4522/PSQF:4520Bayesian Statistics3

Genetics

Both of these:
BIOL:5412Fundamental Genetics - Graduate Lecture3
BIOL:5512Readings in Genetics2
Students can substitute one of these with advisor approval:
BIOL:3713Molecular Genetics4
BMB:3130Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II3

Required Courses

PHAR:6120Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research0-2
PHAR:6700Advanced Pharmacokinetcs and Pharmacodynamics3
PHAR:6710Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar (enrollment required each semester)1-2
PHAR:7101Principles of Experimental Therapeutics3
PHAR:7102Applied Clinical and Translational Science3
BMED:7270Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I (taken in second year)0
BMED:7271Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II (taken in second year)0
PCOL:3101Pharmacology I: A Drug's Fantastic Journey3

Electives

At least 12 s.h. must be taken from the following or students may choose other graduate-level coursework in consultation with their advisor.

PHAR:4736Properties of Dosage Forms I3
PHAR:4737Properties of Dosage Forms II3
PHAR:4740Materials in Drug and Gene Delivery3
PHAR:4741Immunology and Immunotherapies2
PHAR:5350Introduction to Research Methods3
PHAR:5512Drug Discovery and Mechanisms3
PHAR:5549Analytical Biochemistry3
PHAR:5700Quantitative Research Methods in Pharmacy I3-4
PHAR:6501Principles and Mechanisms of Chemical Toxicology3
PHAR:6504Mastering Reproducible Science1
BIOS:5130/IGPI:5130Applied Categorical Data Analysis3
BIOS:6610/IGPI:6610Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials3
CS:3210Programming Languages and Tools (when topics are programming with C++ or programming with Java)2
EPID:6900Design of Intervention and Clinical Trials3
EPID:6910Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research3
MMED:6230Pathogenesis of Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disorders3
MPB:6220/ACB:6220/MMED:6220Mechanisms of Cellular Organization3
MPB:6225/ACB:6225/MMED:6225/PCOL:6225Growth Factor Receptor Signaling1

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination follows completion of the majority of didactic coursework, usually at the end of the second year in the Ph.D. program. The comprehensive examination assesses the candidate’s mastery of the major and related fields of study, and of the research tools in which competence has been certified. It also helps identify any weaknesses in a candidate’s knowledge base that needs to be corrected with additional coursework or instruction.

Successfully passing the comprehensive examination indicates that candidates can continue work toward the doctorate. Examination times are scheduled at the discretion of the clinical pharmaceutical sciences graduate program. An examination may be scheduled during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Questions for the comprehensive examination are solicited from graduate faculty members and from the examination committee. The questions may be directly or indirectly related to the area of each candidate's research proposal. The format of the questions is left up to the faculty member, but may include the interpretation of published literature or written questions designed to test a candidate’s knowledge. The oral portion of the examination is scheduled to occur within two weeks of completion for the written part, and allows the committee to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and oral communication skills.

Thesis Defense

Students schedule a data session with their doctoral committee during their third or fourth year, at a time that is approximately one year prior to their final defense. Data sessions include a progress report to seek the scientific advice and approval of the committee. For these sessions, students should prepare a brief written summary, present research results, and clearly explain the immediate and final goals of their project.

The defense is a formal public 45-minute presentation, scheduled as a regular division seminar if possible, during which students present the details of their thesis research. Following the public presentation, students and their thesis committee meet in a separate session to ask more detailed questions.

The Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy with a subprogram in health services research requires 74 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00.

In the first two years in the program, students participate in on-going research and complete coursework. In the third year, emphasis is placed on developing a dissertation topic. The following two years are spent on research and writing of the dissertation.

The Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy with a subprogram in health services research requires the following work.

Core Competencies

Students complete the following coursework before they take the Core Competency Qualifying Exam.

Health Services Research

All of these:
PHAR:6320Health Services Researcharr.
PHAR:6330Models of Patient Behavior and Choice3
PHAR:6331Models of Provider Behavior and Choice3
HMP:4000Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (or equivalent as approved by advisor)3

Research Methods and Statistics

All of these:
PHAR:5350Introduction to Research Methods3
PHAR:5360Applied Research Methods: Primary Data3
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
BIOS:5120/IGPI:5120/STAT:5610Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
Additional statistics coursework (biostatistics, economics, education, psychology, mathematics, or sociobiology)6

Specialty

The specialty area requires at least 24 s.h. of coursework. With the guidance of their faculty advisor, students develop a plan of study that encompasses an area of expertise or specialty.

Additional Requirements

Students are expected to participate in specific aspects of ongoing research. These research activities are often paid graduate research assistantships; course credit is not available for paid assistantships. By the end of their third year, students are expected to present the results from one completed research project at a regional or national meeting.

PHAR:5310Health Services Research Seminar (students enroll in the seminar for 1 s.h. each semester they are on campus, excluding summer session)1
BMED:7270Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I (taken in second year)0
BMED:7271Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II (taken in second year)0

The Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy with a subprogram in medicinal and natural products chemistry requires 72 s.h. of credit. Students complete 24 s.h. of didactic coursework, of which a minimum of 15 s.h. must be divisional courses. The remaining hours may be fulfilled by selecting from interdisciplinary elective courses. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00.

The Ph.D. is based upon interdisciplinary study in courses offered by the biochemistry, medicinal and natural products chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology disciplines. Students complete the majority of their coursework during the first two years of study while simultaneously gaining research experience in the laboratory. The degree is granted only after students complete and defend an original research-based thesis project, typically in five years.

Entering students who do not have basic knowledge in all subjects are advised to complete one or more prerequisite electives during their first and second years.

The Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy with a subprogram in medicinal and natural products chemistry requires the following work.

Required Coursework

All of these:
PHAR:5510Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar1-2
PHAR:5515Perspectives in MNPC Research (taken every fall semester)2
PHAR:5520Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research (taken every fall and spring semester)arr.
BMED:7270Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I (taken in second year)0
BMED:7271Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II (taken in second year)0
CCP:3169Internship in Graduate Studies (taken summer of third year)0

Interdisciplinary Electives

3-6 s.h., taken every fall and spring semester

Divisional Courses

3-6 s.h., taken every fall and spring semester, from these:
PHAR:5510Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar1-2
PHAR:5512Drug Discovery and Mechanisms3
PHAR:5521High Throughput Screening for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences1
PHAR:5537Enzymatic Basis of Drug Metabolism3
PHAR:5541Total Synthesis of Biologically Active Natural Products3
PHAR:5542/BMB:5244Biophysical Chemistry II, Module I1
PHAR:5545Current Medicinal Chemistry3
PHAR:5549Analytical Biochemistry3
PHAR:6501Principles and Mechanisms of Chemical Toxicology3
PHAR:6504Mastering Reproducible Science1

The Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy with a subprogram in pharmaceutics requires 72 s.h. of credit. The degree requires 30 s.h. in didactic coursework, including a minimum of 15 s.h. in divisional courses and 15 s.h. of pharmacy or elective coursework. The remaining 42 s.h. can be fulfilled with research or electives. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00.

Entering students who do not have basic knowledge in all subjects follow a plan of study in order to complete divisional requirements during their first and second years.

The Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy with a subprogram in pharmaceutics requires the following work.

Required Courses

All of these:
PHAR:4146Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics2
PHAR:4736Properties of Dosage Forms I (or equivalent)3
PHAR:4737Properties of Dosage Forms II3
PHAR:4800Chemical and Biophysical Properties of Drugs1
PHAR:5700Quantitative Research Methods in Pharmacy I3-4
PHAR:5745Drug Delivery: Principles and Applications Iarr.
PHAR:6700Advanced Pharmacokinetcs and Pharmacodynamics3
PHAR:6706Equilibria Processes3
PHAR:6710Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar (enrollment required each semester until completion of comprehensive exam)1
PHAR:6720Pharmaceutics Researcharr.
BMED:7270Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I (taken in second year)0
BMED:7271Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II (taken in second year)0

Elective Courses

Students choose appropriate electives for individual research objectives.

Comprehensive Examination

Students take the comprehensive examination between the beginning and end of their third year of graduate study.

Dissertation

The dissertation is defended in a final oral examination.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. They must:

  • ​hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the University of Iowa Office of Admissions;
  • have a minimum g.p.a. of at least 3.00;
  • if an international applicant, receive a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 81, an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum overall score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0, or a Duolingo English Test (DET) minimum score of 105; however, if an applicant has a master's degree from a U.S. institution, this requirement is waived.

Students may submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score, but that is optional.

Visit Graduate Degree: How to Apply on the College of Pharmacy website for a list of program requirements and application deadlines. Academic requirements for maintaining graduate registration are determined by the Graduate College and by the individual divisions in the College of Pharmacy.

Advanced study in the pharmaceutical sciences prepares students for research, teaching, and administrative positions in the pharmaceutical industry, in colleges and universities, in government agencies, and in health-related institutions and organizations.

Sample Plans of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Pharmacy, Ph.D.

Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
72 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics b 3
PHAR:7101 Principles of Experimental Therapeutics 3
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 2
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
Elective d 3
 Hours12
Spring
BIOS:5120 Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences b 3
PHAR:7102 Applied Clinical and Translational Science 3
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 2
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
Elective d 3
 Hours12
Second Year
Fall
BIOL:5412 Fundamental Genetics - Graduate Lecture e 3
BIOL:5512 Readings in Genetics e 2
BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I 0
PHAR:6700 Advanced Pharmacokinetcs and Pharmacodynamics f 3
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 3
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
 Hours12
Spring
BMED:7271 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II 0
PCOL:3101 Pharmacology I: A Drug's Fantastic Journey 3
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 2
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
Elective d 3
Elective d 3
 Hours12
Third Year
Any Semester
Comprehensive Exam
 Hours0
Fall
Begin Research Proposal g
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 8
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
 Hours9
Spring
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 8
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
 Hours9
Fourth Year
Fall
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 1
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
 Hours2
Spring
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 1
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
 Hours2
Fifth Year
Fall
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 1
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1-2
 Hours2-3
Spring
PHAR:6120 Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Research 1
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1-2
Final Exam h
 Hours2-3
 Total Hours74-76
a
Students must complete specific requirements in the University of Iowa Graduate College after program admission. Refer to the Graduate College website and the Manual of Rules and Regulations for more information.
b
Depending on biostatistics background, students may substitute one or two of the following courses: EPID:4400, EPID:5500, STAT:4520.
c
Registration required every semester; optional after fourth year.
d
Work with faculty advisor to determine appropriate elective coursework and sequence.
e
Depending on genetics background, students may substitute one of the following courses: BIOL:3713 or BMB:3130.
f
Students may need to complete MATH:1460 prior to registering for PHAR:6700; work with faculty advisor to determine if it is a prerequisite.
g
Work with faculty advisor to schedule data session with doctoral committee (usually in third or fourth year); see department website for specifics.
h
Dissertation defense.

Health Services Research Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
74 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System b, c 3
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1
PHAR:5350 Introduction to Research Methods b, e 3
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 2
 Hours12
Spring
BIOS:5120 Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences 3
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1
PHAR:5360 Applied Research Methods: Primary Data 3
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 2
Research Methods and Statistics Elective b, f, g 3
 Hours12
Second Year
Fall
BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I 0
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 2
PHAR:6330 Models of Patient Behavior and Choice b, e 3
Research Methods and Statistics Elective b, f, g 3
Specialty Area Elective g 3
 Hours12
Spring
BMED:7271 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II 0
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 2
PHAR:6331 Models of Provider Behavior and Choice b, e 3
Specialty Area Elective g 3
Specialty Area Elective g 3
 Hours12
Third Year
Any Semester
Specialty Qualifying Exam h
 Hours0
Fall
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 1
Specialty Area Elective g 3
Specialty Area Elective g 3
Specialty Area Elective g 3
 Hours11
Spring
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 2
Specialty Area Elective g 3
Specialty Area Elective g 3
 Hours9
Fourth Year
Any Semester
Comprehensive Exam i
 Hours0
Fall
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 1
 Hours2
Spring
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 1
 Hours2
Fifth Year
Fall
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1-2
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 1
 Hours2-3
Spring
PHAR:5310 Health Services Research Seminar d 1-2
PHAR:6320 Health Services Research 1
Final Exam j
 Hours2-3
 Total Hours76-78
a
Students must complete specific requirements in the University of Iowa Graduate College after program admission. Refer to the Graduate College website and the Manual of Rules and Regulations for more information.
b
Must complete before taking the Core Competency Qualifying Exam.
c
May be waived for students who have had equivalent coursework.
d
Registration required every semester; optional after fourth year.
e
Offered every other year; work with faculty advisor to select appropriate first year classes if entering the program on a year when not taught.
f
May be taken in biostatistics, economics, education, psychology, mathematics, or sociobiology.
g
Work with faculty advisor to determine appropriate graduate coursework and sequence; see General Catalog and department website for specifics.
h
Faculty advisor to determine when this exam will be, but typically by the end of third year.
i
A required Core Competency Qualifying Exam; work with faculty advisor to determine when this exam may be completed (typically during fourth year).
j
Dissertation defense.

Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
72 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
PHAR:5515 Perspectives in MNPC Research b 2
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 1
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1
MNPC Divisional Course d 3
MNPC Divisional Course d 3
Elective e 2
 Hours12
Spring
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 2
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1
MNPC Divisional Course d 3
Interdisciplinary Elective d 3
Elective e 3
 Hours12
Second Year
Fall
BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I 0
PHAR:5515 Perspectives in MNPC Research b 2
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 2
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1
MNPC Divisional Course d 3
Interdisciplinary Elective d 3
Elective e 1
 Hours12
Spring
BMED:7271 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II 0
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 4
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1
MNPC Divisional Course d 3
Interdisciplinary Elective d 3
 Hours11
Third Year
Any Semester
Comprehensive Exam f
 Hours0
Fall
PHAR:5515 Perspectives in MNPC Research b 2
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 5
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1
Elective e 2
 Hours10
Spring
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 5
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1
Elective e 3
 Hours9
Summer
CCP:3169 Internship in Graduate Studies 0
 Hours0
Fourth Year
Fall
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 3
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1-2
 Hours4-5
Spring
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 1
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1-2
 Hours2-3
Fifth Year
Fall
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 1
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1-2
 Hours2-3
Spring
PHAR:5520 Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry Research 1
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar c 1-2
Final Exam g
 Hours2-3
 Total Hours76-80
a
Students must complete specific requirements in the University of Iowa Graduate College after program admission. Refer to the Graduate College website and the Manual of Rules and Regulations for more information.
b
Registration required every fall semester until comprehensive exam has been completed.
c
Registration required every semester; optional after third year.
d
Students complete 24 s.h. of didactic coursework, of which a minimum of 15 s.h. must be divisional courses; the remaining hours may be fulfilled by selecting from interdisciplinary elective courses. Work with faculty advisor to determine appropriate graduate coursework and sequence.
e
Work with faculty advisor to determine appropriate graduate coursework and sequence; see General Catalog and department website for specifics.
f
Typically taken during third year.
g
Dissertation defense.

Pharmaceutics Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
72 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a
The degree requires 30 s.h. in didactic coursework, including a minimum of 15 s.h. in divisional courses and 15 s.h. of pharmacy or elective coursework; the remaining 42 s.h. can be fulfilled with research or electives.
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
MATH:2560
Engineering Mathematics IV: Differential Equations b
or Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
3
CHEM:4431
Physical Chemistry I b
or Principles of Physical Chemistry
3
PHAR:4736 Properties of Dosage Forms I b 3
PHAR:6706 Equilibria Processes 3
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
 Hours13
Spring
PHAR:4737 Properties of Dosage Forms II b 3
PHAR:5700 Quantitative Research Methods in Pharmacy I 3
PHAR:4800 Chemical and Biophysical Properties of Drugs 1
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
Elective d 3
 Hours11
Second Year
Fall
PHAR:4146 Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics 2
BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I 0
PHAR:6720 Pharmaceutics Research 2
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
Elective d 3
Elective d 3
 Hours11
Spring
PHAR:5745 Drug Delivery: Principles and Applications I 3
PHAR:6700 Advanced Pharmacokinetcs and Pharmacodynamics 3
BMED:7271 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II 0
PHAR:6720 Pharmaceutics Research 2
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar c 1
Elective d 3
 Hours12
Third Year
Any Semester
Comprehensive Exam e
 Hours0
Fall
Elective d 3
Elective d 3
PHAR:6720 Pharmaceutics Research 3
 Hours9
Spring
Elective d 3
Elective d 3
PHAR:6720 Pharmaceutics Research 3
 Hours9
Summer
Internship (optional)
 Hours0
Fourth Year
Fall
PHAR:6720 Pharmaceutics Research 2
 Hours2
Spring
PHAR:6720 Pharmaceutics Research 2
 Hours2
Summer
Internship (optional)
 Hours0
Fifth Year
Fall
PHAR:6720 Pharmaceutics Research 2
 Hours2
Spring
PHAR:6720 Pharmaceutics Research 1
Final Exam f
 Hours1
 Total Hours72
a
Students must complete specific requirements in the University of Iowa Graduate College after program admission. Refer to the Graduate College website and the Manual of Rules and Regulations for more information.
b
If equivalent course not taken previously; otherwise work with faculty advisor to select relevant elective in Pharmaceutics or outside the department.
c
Enrollment required each semester until completion of comprehensive exam.
d
Work with faculty advisor to determine appropriate graduate coursework and sequence.
e
Written research proposal and oral exam; typically completed by the end of third year.
f
Dissertation defense.