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 60 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 pharmacokinetics/dynamics, pharmacogenomics, implementation science, cardiology, critical care, immunology, infectious disease, medication adherence, nephrology, neurology, oncology, psychiatry, transplantation, and community pharmacy services. Admitted PhD students receive highly competitive stipends, paid tuition, and health insurance through teaching or research assistantship.
Fall 2023 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.
The School of Pharmacy, a leader and innovator in education, practice and research, is one of 16 schools/colleges located on the Oakland campus, which includes the six schools of the health sciences. Pitt Pharmacy ranks #10 among schools of pharmacy in total research funding and is known as an innovator in research, education and practice. Pitt Pharmacy partners with UPMC, one of the leading integrated health care delivery networks in the country, to provide state-of-the-art pharmacy services and patient care. The Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics is integrated with UPMC and together support the leadership and management of pharmacy services as well as clinical programs including Antibiotic Management Program, Ambulatory Care Programs, Medicine, Pharmacogenomics, Palliative Care, Oncology, Transplantation, Critical Care, and Cardiology. The Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics is home to the Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program for the Underserved. In partnership with UPMC, the department is home to twelve accredited residency programs, plus twelve pharmacy fellowship training programs. For more information about the School of Pharmacy, visit http://www.pharmacy.pitt.edu.