NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

222 College of Pharmacy—Ph.D. Program Course of Study Students are required to take a minimum of 60 credits, at least 36 of which must be in didactic coursework. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0must bemaintained. Coursework aimed at filling academic gaps in a student’s backgroundwill not count toward program requirements. Both awritten or comprehensive and an oral qualifying examination are required to advance to candidacy. Research, culminating in a successfully defended dissertation, is required of all students in their respective areas. Some courses may be offered in a hybridmodel, which includes synchronous and asynchronous online learning, as well as on-campus learning and videoconferencing. At the completion of this course of study and research, students will • demonstrate the knowledge base expected at the Ph.D. level in their specialty • design and conduct independent research that adds to the understanding of their specialty • prepare and defend rational and structured proposals seeking support for their research • effectively communicate the results of their own research • be competitive for careers in academia, industry, government, or regulatory positions • satisfactorily meet all financial, library, and university obligations (to receive credentials) • submit an application for degree/diploma to the registrar’s office by the posted deadline Program Description Entering pharmacy graduate students must select one of three sequences to focus their graduate studies upon: Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Drug Development (Pharmaceutics), or Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics. Research topics available to students are consistent with the expertise of faculty members in the College of Pharmacy (COP) at NSU. In addition, the Ph.D. program is consistent with the criteria for accreditation set by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Overview This sequence focuses on knowledge and research skills that deal with the dynamics and complex nature of drug use and distribution systems. Students that pursue this sequence are advised and mentored by faculty members from the Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, a group of scholars whose specialties include, among others, pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, the economics of pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology, data analytics, health disparities and special populations, cultural competency, patients’ decision making, public policy, social and behavioral pharmacy, biostatistics, and pharmacy administration (management, marketing, and finance). Students are expected to complete original dissertation research in the intersection of any of these areas with medication use. Graduation Requirements To receive a Ph.D. degree, students must fulfill the following requirements: • be of good moral character • successfully complete the requirements of the curriculum within seven academic years with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale • have one first author publication (accepted, in-press, or published) • successfully defend his or her dissertation research to the satisfaction of his or her Dissertation Committee (dissertation defense) Social and Administrative Pharmacy Sequence