PharmD/MS in Clinical and Translational

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Students must meet the admission criteria of both programs and are admitted separately to each through their respective applications. All students should contact the MS CTS Program Coordinator who will explain the application process for MS CTS admission.
  • For students applying to both programs simultaneously, MS CTS admission will be contingent upon both admission to the PharmD program and the support of the associate dean for student affairs in the College of Pharmacy. Prior to admitting students into the MS CTS degree, HPA will check with the COP to determine whether the student has been accepted into the PharmD program, and to be sure that the applicant has a prior baccalaureate degree or has completed both the P1 and P2 years satisfactorily.
  • Admission to the MS CTS program will be determined based on the support of the associate dean for student affairs in the COP, a baccalaureate degree (or successful completion of P1 and P2), previous academic achievement, research potential, and commitment to CTS as evidenced by prior participation in clinical research.
  • In addition to other application materials, joint degree applicants are also expected to submit the following:
  • Letters of Recommendation Two required, one of which must be from a suitable clinical researcher who can attest to the applicant’s research abilities. Both letters of recommendation should address:
    1. the applicant’s previous achievements in research and/or academics;
    2. the applicant’s potential for successfully completing a clinical/translational research project;
    3. analysis of the applicant’s career plans and commitment to research, and
    4. how the joint degree would advance these plans.
  • Personal Statement Applicants will also submit a personal statement detailing accomplishments to date, and career goals and plans. Specifically, applicants should address background information relevant to their interest in clinical and translational research, and how additional training through the PharmD/MS CTS program would help achieve these goals. The applicant should provide any prior or ongoing research experience and explain how this might interface with the joint degree program.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Students in the program must satisfy the requirements of the MS CTS program and the PharmD Program.
  • For the MS CTS program, students must adhere to all relevant policies of the Graduate College, including minimum GPA and limits on transfer credit.
  • Minimum Semester Hours Required School of Public Health MS CTS 48 semester hours; College of Pharmacy PharmD 133 semester hours.
  • Course Work College of Pharmacy
P1 Year (34-36 hours) a
Fall Semester
Integrated Physiology
Introduction Pharmacy Practice
Fundamentals of Drug Action
Pharmaceutics I - Pharmaceutics Principles, Drug Delivery Systems, and Calculations
Pharmacokinetics
Electives b
MS CTS workshops and seminars
Spring Semester
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Community
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE): Hospital
Biomedicinal Chemistry
Pharmaceutics II ? Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Calculations
Introduction to Drug Information
Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 1: Self Care
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 2: GI/Endocrine
Electives b
MS CTS workshops and seminars
P2 Year (31-36 hours) a
Fall Semester
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Community
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE): Hospital
Pharmaceutics III ? Complex Dosage Forms and Calculations
Social and Behavioral Pharmacy
Personal and Professional Development
Patient Safety
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 3: Renal, Electrolytes, and Nutrition
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 4: Immunology/Respiratory
Electives b
MS CTS workshops and seminars
Spring Semester
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Introduction to Patient Care
Pharmaceutics IV ? Drug Delivery Systems Design and Calculations Competency
Pharmacoepidemiology and Biostatistical Reasoning
Evidence-Based Medicine
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 5: Cardiovascular
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 6: Infectious Diseases
Electives b
MS CTS workshops and seminars
P3 Year (27-36 hours) b
Fall Semester
Patient Care: Institutional/Hospital
Patient Care: Ambulatory Care/Community
Applied Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacogenomics
Pharmacoeconomics and Payment
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 7: Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pain
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 8: Special Topics
Electives b
MS CTS seminars and workshops and opportunity for shared hours c
Spring Semester
Patient Care: Institutional/Hospital
Patient Care: Ambulatory Care/Community
Management and Informatics
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 9: Hematology and Oncology
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 10: Advanced Disease Management
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Electives b
MS CTS seminars and workshops and opportunity for shared hours c
P3 Year (summer) and P4 Year (28 hours)
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences—APPE (7 x 6-week APPEs, 4 credit hours each) e
Four APPE courses are required (Community, Hospital, Ambulatory Care, and Medicine). The remaining three APPE courses are selected from a list of APPE options in consultation with program advisors.
MS CTS seminars and workshops and opportunity for shared hours f
a

Note: Students may also take MHPE 512 (1) and an MS CTS elective during the summer following the P1 or P2 year. 

b

Students are required to take a total of 13 semester hours of didactic electives during the P1 to P3 years.

c

With proper planning and prior approval by the associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health, joint degree students may apply up to 4 hours of approved advanced public health elective course work toward PharmD elective course requirements and/or up to 4 semester hours of MS IPHS 598 Research Hours toward pharmacy elective requirements.

d

Modular course. 1-hour course: 3 hours/week x 5 weeks (15 hours/semester). 2-hour course: 3 hours/week x 10 weeks (30 hours/semester).

e

Students must provide transportation to and from pharmacy practice experience. Some pharmacy practice experience sites may not be in the Chicago area or accessible by public transportation.

f

With proper planning and prior approval by the associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Pharmacy, up to 4 hours of P4 Clerkship time may be used to complete the IPHS 598 Research Hours for the PharmD degree. 

  • No more than 12 total hours will consist of shared course work.
  • Course Work School of Public Health
Required Core Courses
21 core course semester hours consisting of:
Informatics for the Clinical Investigator
Biostatistics I
Biostatistics II
Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods
Scientific Integrity and Responsible Research
Public Health Research Design and Methods
Leadership and Diversity in Clinical Research
Grant Writing
Electives
11 semester hours
  • Joint degree students take HPA 590, which focuses on developing an answerable question, conducting a literature review, drafting specific aims, and understanding the components of a grant application. A draft NIH Small Research Grant (R03) will be the product of the course.
  • Electives: 11 semester hours. With proper planning and prior approval by the School of Public Health and College of Pharmacy, joint degree students may receive up to 4 hours toward the MS in CTS elective requirement by taking an approved nonclinical pharmacy elective.
  • Mentored Research Component 16 semester hours of required mentored research (IPHS 598), producing a paper that is a scholarly contribution to the field in the form of a journal article, pilot data for a grant application, and a thesis-defense of the paper/research and data. A maximum of 8 hours of the required 16 hours of mentored research (IPHS 598) may be applied toward pharmacy electives and P4 Clerkship credit.
  • No more than 12 total hours will consist of shared course work.
  • All students in the PharmD/MS CTS program pursue the joint degree at a full-time pace.