Pharmacy Practice Graduate Program

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

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 first 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 almost 50 Ph.D. degrees in areas of focus that include Health Services Research, Health Outcomes, Health Policy, Pharmacoeconomics, and Educational Assessment.

The Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences program prepares future scientists for careers in the translational sciences. Areas of focus within this track include Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics, Translational Pharmacology, and Clinical Trials.


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