Degree Programs

At Purdue, the Department of Pharmacy Practice, within the College of Pharmacy, offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in two research tracks (1) Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy and (2) Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy program has evolved from the oldest Pharmacy Administration program in the nation, with the first Ph.D. in the discipline earned by Robert V. Evanson in 1953. Since then, Purdue has granted many Ph.D. degrees in different areas of focus. Students enrolled in the Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy track are trained as scientists to assess problems that can be solved by an understanding of the principles, concepts, and applications of the economic, management, marketing, policy, social, and behavioral sciences. The following specialty focus areas are available:

Research at the College of Pharmacy
  • Health Outcomes
  • Health Services
  • Medication Adherence
  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Health Literacy
  • Educational Assessment

The Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate faculty perform clinical and translational research in the Personalized Medicine Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Students enrolled in the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences track work toward their degree on the Indianapolis campus. The following specialty focus areas are available within cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, and oncology:

Pharmaceutical Research
  • Clinical Trials
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics
  • Translational Pharmacology

For more details and degree requirements, see the full Degree Programs page.

Program Information

About the Department of Pharmacy Practice

The Department of Pharmacy Practice at Purdue University is one of the three departments comprising the College of Pharmacy. The Department of Pharmacy Practice has a longstanding claim to national prominence. Graduates of the Purdue program are in great demand. They have been educated in the principles and techniques of research and encouraged to develop sound teaching skills through course work and supervised experience.

The mission of the graduate program in the Department of Pharmacy Practice is to develop scientists and faculty to become progressive leaders in a dynamic health system in:

  • Clinical pharmaceutical sciences
  • Social, behavioral, and administrative sciences
  • Science of education