The Department of Medicinal Chemistry offers master's and doctor of philosophy degrees. The department has 12 full-time faculty members, approximately 40 graduate students, and about 30 postdoctoral fellows.
Researchers isolate molecules from nature or synthesize them in the laboratory and test them for activity against a disease target. The FDA evaluates the safety and efficacy and if acceptable, approves the drug and the prescribing information.
The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers master's and doctor of philosophy degrees. PhD students are prepared to teach and do research in a university, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or government laboratory setting.
Following the drug discovery phase, researchers study the effects of drugs in the body to better understand their mechanisms of action and side effects in treating diseases.
The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry offers master's and doctor of philosophy degrees. Students receive a strong background in the physical/chemical sciences as they relate to pharmaceutical research through a comprehensive set of core and coursework offered by the department.
Pharmaceutical chemists formulate the drug to improve absorption by the body, to increase shelf life, and to target delivery to the desired tissue. Bioanalytical chemistry is an important tool for understanding the basis of drug addiction.
The Department of Pharmacy Practice offers a master’s degree and a residency program and furthers the mission of the School of Pharmacy by striving for excellence in teaching, research, scholarly activity, service, and patient care.
Following clinical trials and approval, patients come into the pharmacy with the prescription for a new drug. The pharmacist provides the drug and counsels the patient on its proper use and side effects.