The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy is seeking highly- motivated pharmacists interested in pursuing advanced training in translational-, clinical-, or outcomes-based research.
The Clinical Pharmaceutical Scientist program (CPS) is a specialized track within the graduate program that teaches students to conduct pharmaceutical research at the interface of the bench and bedside. The Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research track (POPR) teaches students to investigate the impact and outcomes of pharmaceutical products, pharmacy services, and pharmaceutical policies across healthcare systems. Through innovative CPS curricula, students learn the skills necessary to become independent investigators who utilize contemporary research approaches to generate new knowledge applicable to drug exposure and response in humans. Dissertation research projects link expertise in clinical pharmacotherapy with laboratory techniques, pre-clinical models, and human-based research, to answer mechanistic questions that improve patient health outcomes. POPR students build competencies in pharmacoepidemiology, health services research, manipulation and analysis of large existing healthcare data sources, health policy, and social/behavioral theory to advance knowledge about the safety and effectiveness of medications when used in real world healthcare settings. Upon completion of the curriculum and dissertation, the Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is awarded.
Pitt is a recognized leader in training clinical pharmaceutical scientists with over 35 graduates of the program currently in academic, government, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industry positions. Our program offers a truly unique training environment that is incredibly rich in opportunities for learning as our campus is home to 6 schools of the health sciences, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (NIH CTSA award), the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Ongoing faculty research focus areas include cardiology, critical care, geriatrics, immunology, infectious disease, medication adherence, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pharmacokinetics/dynamics, psychiatry, transplantation and community pharmacy services. Admitted PhD students receive highly competitive stipends, paid tuition, and health insurance through teaching or research assistantship.
Fall 2021 applicants are encouraged online as soon as possible before the January 4th deadline.
Individuals with a prior advanced degree in the health sciences (PharmD or other degree in the health sciences) will be considered for admission. Exceptional, highly motivated students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in science-related fields and a strong interest in clinical research are also encouraged to apply.
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About University of Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh campus serves as the home of both the University of Pittsburgh and its partner, UPMC. One of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States, UPMC and its member hospitals collaborate with Pitt's schools of the health sciences to advance the quality and efficiency of transplantation, oncology, and psychiatry, among other specialties.
The University of Pittsburgh is a leader in education, clinical care, and research – ranking number four in overall NIH funding – a universally recognized benchmark of research excellence. Pitt is ranked #18 in top Public Schools according to Forbes list and is among the top universities in the world. U.S. News ranks Pitt as among one of the top best global universities and best schools for Pharmacology ranking 9th for best graduate school for pharmacy.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy is in partnership with UPMC which is a truly cohesive health delivery system, with centers of excellence in transplant, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, rehab, geriatrics, and women’s health. It has top-ranked hospitals and service lines. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside is ranked #1 in Pennsylvania and #15 in the nation, ...and is one of only nine hospitals ranked in the nation’s top 20 of America’s Best Hospitals for 10 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is ranked in the nation’s top 10 of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.