Graduate Programs You may apply to UIC graduate programs online. Application deadlines vary between Individual programs. However, early application is always encouraged. For more information and downloadable applications, applicants should visit: www.uic.edu/pharmacy/Frames_main/frame_graduate.htm. PhD Programs The College, in conjunction with the UIC Graduate College, offers PhD degrees in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Pharmacy. Master of Science (MS) degrees are also offered in these disciplines. Biopharmaceutical Sciences does not admit students to the MS. Biopharmaceutical Sciences Medicinal Chemistry www.bpsgrad.uic.edu/ www.uic.edu/pharmacy/depts/pmch/grad_mech.htm Director of Graduate Studies: Richard Gemeinhart, PhD [email protected] Director of Graduate Studies: John Fitzloff, PhD [email protected] Research in the biopharmaceutical sciences involves pharmaceutics (drug delivery), pharmacodynamics (drug action), pharmacokinetics (absorption and distribution properties) and pharmacogenomics. Our active forensic science and toxicology groups are also included in this field of study. Research in medicinal chemistry involves design, synthesis, structure elucidation, and analysis of synthetic compounds possessing biological (potential drug) activity. Specific research programs include: lipid and polymer-based drug delivery systems targeted drug delivery membrane transport and absorption behavioral pharmacology cardiovascular pharmacology neuropharmacology environmental toxicology; and, cancer chemotherapy Specific research programs include: synthetic chemistry directed toward neurodegenerative and oncologic diseases computational approaches to drug design chemical toxicology and biological mechanisms synthetic development of enzyme inhibitors and low molecular weight catalysts natural product structure elucidation Pharmacy (Pharmacy Administration) Pharmacognosy www.uic.edu/pharmacy/depts/pmad/admissio.htm www.uic.edu/pharmacy/depts/pmch/grad_pcog.htm Director of Graduate Studies: Stephanie Crawford, PhD, MHA [email protected] Director of Graduate Studies: Steve Swanson, PhD [email protected] Pharmacy administration is a dynamic field that applies approaches from management science, economics, and the social sciences to issues in health care that relate to pharmacy, pharmacists, and pharmaceuticals. Research in pharmacognosy involves the isolation, structure elucidation and bioassay of plant and other natural product compounds having potential applications as treatments or preventives.** Specific research programs include: patient outcomes health care and pharmaceutical policy comparative health care systems consumer medication use safety pharmacoeconomics and management rational drug use and distribution socioeconomic and cultural issues related to drug use Specific research programs include: chemotherapeutic and chemopreventive properties of natural products structure elucidation of bioactive natural products and their mechanism of action development of methods for the analysis of botanical dietary supplements use of traditional medicines by indigenous groups ** Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology www.uic.edu/pharmacy/research/cphb/index.html Coordinator of Graduate Studies: Alexander Mankin, PhD [email protected] This Center is a specialized research entity within the Pharmacognosy program. Research interests include computer-assisted rational drug design, interactions of RNA with new antibiotics, protein crystallography, protein folding, and bacterial genomics. Graduate students can select research advisors from the Center. Specific research programs include: ch haperone protein-mediated protein folding structure-based design of therapeutic agents mechanisms of antibiotic action and resistance structural biology anthrax and other bioterrorism agents NOTE: Each program has its own admissions requirements. For additional information and application instructions, visit the graduate programs web site: www.uic.edu/pharmacy/Frames_main/frame_graduate.htm. Master of Science Degree Programs Master of Science (MS) degrees are offered in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Pharmacy. You can apply directly to the M.S. in Pharmacy (Administration). However, you should apply to the PhD program in the other disciplines. The College also offers a stand alone M.S. degree in Forensic Science. Master of Science in Forensic Science Program www.uic.edu/pharmacy/depts/forensicsci/ Director of Graduate Studies Prof. R.E. Gaensslen, PhD [email protected] The rigorous curriculum for this stand-alone, professional master’s degree program provides broad knowledge of basic forensic science laboratory disciplines: biology/biochemistry, chemistry and trace (materials) evidence analysis; drug identification and toxicology; and pattern evidence (documents, fingerprints, firearms and tool marks). Joint Degree Programs PharmD-PhD Program www.uic.edu/pharmacy/Frames_main/frame_graduate.htm In response to industry and academic demands for pharmacists with PhD training, the College offers a joint Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) – PhD degree program. Students enrolled in this program can pursue the PharmD - the standard degree for pharmacists.simultaneously with any of our PhD degree offerings. The joint program is highly competitive and designed for select students who have interests in both the clinical aspects of pharmacy and research in the pharmaceutical sciences. With judicious selection and timing of courses, joint program participants can earn both degrees in less overall time than would be required to complete the degrees separately. PharmD – MBA Program www.uic.edu/pharmacy/offices/osa/PharmDMBA.htm The College partners with the College of Business Administration to offer a joint PharmD/MBA Program. Pharmacy students with high academic standing and an interest in acquiring the business skills necessary to manage health care facilities and other enterprises are eligible to apply. PharmD – MSHI Program http://www.uic.edu/pharmacy/offices/osa/PharmDMSHI.htm This joint degree program integrates Pharmacy Science and clinical practice with health informatics, the goal being identification, collection, processing and management of information to support pharmacy practice, administration, education and research. It promotes the expansion of pharmacy knowledge and leadership and is an important new dimension of pharmacy practice. Students in this joint program learn to identify the social issues that inhibit the effective use of information technology in health care and to apply creative solutions that address these issues.