Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry together with the Dean's Office have developed a pathway for students who are interested in simultaneously pursuing a Pharm.D and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry. This program is intended for students who are interested in a career in basic or clinical research for the discovery and development of new pharmaceutical therapies. It is constructed to intersperse the core curriculum requirements of the Ph.D. program into the curriculum of the Pharm.D. program, making course substitutions where feasible. In doing this, we minimize curriculum redundancy between the two programs while ensuring that the student is adequately prepared for the demands of both degree programs.

During the joint program pathway, students undertake research in the summers between their P1-P3 years. Students are also expected to use at least one clerkship rotation for research. The program is structured so that students can take their Ph.D. qualification exams during their P5 year and their pharmacy licensure exam at the normal time after completion of the P4 year. Following P4 year, the students engage in full time research to complete the Ph.D. program.

Students who are interested in pursuing this pathway should apply to the Pharm.D. program first. Students are accepted into the Ph.D. program during their P1 year if the student meets the program admissions criteria and there is appropriate research mentoring and support for the student. Interested students should contact the Director of Graduate Admissions in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry for application procedures and information.

Students enter directly into the Pharm.D./PhD program. Curriculum based on application to the Med Chem program during the P1 year. First class would be summer rotations


International Students. International students are encouraged to apply to either of the Interdepartmental Graduate Programs as appropriate. Students interested in research in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry would then join a Medicinal Chemistry laboratory in their second year.

Mailing Address and Links to Forms

Terri Elder-Hale
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
30 South 2000 East, Room 311A
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5820

terri.elder-hale@pharm.utah.edu
(801) 581-5581
  
 

P1 Fall
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
MDCH 5110 Physiol Chem I 4 PharmD
PHPRC 5112 Intro Pharm Prac 4 PharmD
PHARM 5113 Basics Pharm Sci 3 PharmD
PHPRC 5114 Social Foundations 2 PharmD
Elective 2-3
Total Credits 15-16

P1 Spring
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
MDCH 5120 Physiol Chem II 3 PharmD
PHTX 5121 Pathophysiol 5 PharmD
PHPRC 5122 Drug Lit Eval I 2 PharmD
PHPRC 5124 Early Practicum Exp 3 PharmD
PHCEU 5125 Pharmaceutics 4 PharmD
Total Credits 17

Summer P1-P2
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
MD CH 7970 Research Rotations 6 PhD (3 credits for each 6 week rotation)
Total Credits 6

P2 Fall
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
MDCH 5210 Med Chem I 2 PharmD
PHTX 5211 Pharmacol I 4 PharmD
PHPRC 5213 Drug Lit Eval II 3 PharmD
PHPRC 5212 Therapeutics I 4 PharmD
INTMD 7570 Research Ethics 1 PhD
BLCHM 6400 Genetic Engineering 2 PhD
Total Credits 16


P2 Spring
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
MDCH 5220 Med Chem II 2 PharmD
PHTX 5221 Pharmacol II 4 PharmD
PHPRC 5226 Dispensing 3 PharmD
PHPRC 5222 Therapeutics II 4 PharmD
Elective 2
Total Credits 15

Summer P2-P3
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
PHPRC 7401 Core community clerk 4 PharmD
PHPRC 7402 Core institutional clerk 4 PharmD
PHPRC 7425 Community seminar 1 PharmD
MD CH 7970 Research rotation 3 PhD (one rotation)
Total Credits 12

P3 Fall
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
PHPRC 7123 Pharmacy Manage 2 PharmD
PHPRC 7312 Therapeutics III 4 PharmD
PHPRC 7313 Law/Ethics 3 PharmD
PHPRC 7314 Comm Pharm 3 PharmD
PHPRC 7315 Clinical Toxicology 2 PharmD
PHCEU 7315 Pharmacokinetics 3 PharmD
Total Credits 17


P3 Spring
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
PHPRC 7321 Intro Clerkships 3 PharmD
PHPRC 7325 Clin PK 2 PharmD
PHPRC 7322 Therapeutics IV 4 PharmD
NURS 6020 Phys Assess 2 PharmD
MDCH 7201 Herbal Meds 2 PharmD
PHPRC 7425 Pharmacokinetics 1 PharmD
MD CH Elective 2 PhD
Total Credits 18
Pick a PhD Advisor at end of Spring semester

Summer P3-P4
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
PHPRC 7403 Adult Medicine Clerk 6 PharmD
PHPRC 7510 Ambulatory Care Clerk 6 PharmD
PHPRC Elective Clerkships 6 PharmD
Total Credits 18

P4 Year Fall
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
MD CH 7970 Thesis Research 9 PhD
PHPR 7200 Pharm.D Seminar II 2 PharmD
BLCHM 6410 Pro. & Nucleic Acids Bio 3 PhD
Total Credits 14

P4 Year Spring
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
PHPRC 7511 Ambulatory Care Clerk 6 PharmD
PHPRC Research Clerkship 6 PhD
PHPRC 7410 DI/PC Clerkship 6 PharmD
PHPRC 7200 Pharm.D Seminar 2 Pharm.D
Total Credits 23
Take the NAPLEX Exam (May)

P5 Year
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
CHM 7200 Organic Synthesis(Fall) 2 PhD
CHM 7240 Physical Organic(Fall) 2 PhD
CHM 7460 Protein Chemistry(Spring) 2 PhD
BLCHM 6430 Structural Methods 3 PhD
MD CH 7890 Research Seminar 1 PhD
MDCH 7970 Research 18 PhD
Take Oral Comprehensive Exam in Medicinal Chemistry midyear

P6 Year
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
MDCH 7970 Research 24 PhD

P7 Year
Course Name Credits Primary Requirement
MDCH 7970 Research 24 PhD

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