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University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Curriculum


The Clinical Pharmaceutical Scientist program curriculum is composed of coursework and experiences designed to train students to achieve the core competencies of clinical researchers in the pharmaceutical sciences.


Coursework

The specific course sequence is determined based on whether students have a previous professional clinical degree (e.g., PharmD or other degree in the health sciences).

1st Year: Fall
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3040 Statistics I 3
CLRES 3140 Introduction to Translational Research 2
PHARM 3024 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3043 Teach Me to Teach You 1
PHARM 3034 Topics in Translational Research 2
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 4 - 6
1st Year: Spring
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3023 Foundations in Pharmaceutical Science 5
PHARM 3025 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3027 Topics in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics or a Journal Club 1
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 4
1st Year: Summer, July - August
Course # Title Credits
CLRES 2010 Clinical Research Methods 3
CLRES 2005 Computer Methods in Clinical Research 1
2nd Year: Fall
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3038 Grant Writing I 2
PHARM 3002 Advanced Pharmacokinetics 4
CLRES 2021 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Regression 1
CLRES 2022 Logistic Regression 1
PHARM 3024 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3027 Topics in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics or a Journal Club 1
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 3
Elective* 3
2nd Year: Spring
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3039 Grant Writing II 2
PHARM 2001 Pharmaceutical Analysis 3
PHARM 3025 Pharmaceutical sciences seminar 1
PHARM 3027 Topics in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics or a Journal Club 1
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 4 - 7

* Examples of electives include PHARM 3008 Advanced Drug Delivery or CLRES courses

1st Year: Fall
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3040 Statistics I 3
PHARM 3028 Pharmacology and Therapeutics 5
PHARM 5218 Drug Development II 4
PHARM 3043 Teach Me to Teach You 1
PHARM 3024 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 1
1st Year: Spring
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3023 Foundations in Pharmaceutical Science 5
PHARM 3025 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3027 Topics in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics or a Journal Club 1
PHARM 3042 Research practicum 7
1st Year: Summer, July - August
Course # Title Credits
CLRES 2005 Computer Methods in Clinical Research 1
2nd Year: Fall
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3038 Grant Writing I 2
PHARM 3002 Advanced Pharmacokinetics 4
PHARM 3140 Introduction to Translational Research 2
CLRES 2021 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Regression 1
CLRES 2022 Logistic Regression 1
PHARM 3024 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3034 Topics in Translational Research 2
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 3
2nd Year: Spring
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3039 Grant Writing II 2
PHARM 2001 Pharmaceutical Analysis 3
PHARM 3067 Clinical Pharmacy Environments 1
PHARM 3025 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3027 Topics in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics or a Journal Club 1
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 3
2nd Year: Summer, July - August
Course # Title Credits
CLRES 2010 Clinical Research Methods 3

* Examples of electives include PHARM 3008 Advanced Drug Delivery or CLRES courses

PharmD P2 Year: Fall
Course # Title Credits
CLRES 3140 Introduction to Translational Research 2
PharmD P2 Year: Spring
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3027 Topics in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics 1
PharmD P3 Year: Fall
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3002 Advanced Pharmacokinetics 4
PharmD P3 Year: Spring
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 2001 Pharmaceutical Analysis 3
Graduate 1st Year: Fall
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3040 Statistics I 3
PHARM 3038 Grant Writing I 2
PHARM 3024 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3043 Teach Me to Teach You 1
PHARM 3034 Topics in Translational Research 2
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 4 - 6
Graduate 1st Year: Spring
Course # Title Credits
PHARM 3023 Foundations in Pharmaceutical Science 5
PHARM 3039 Grant Writing II 2
PHARM 3025 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3027 Topics in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics or a Journal Club 1
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 2
Graduate 1st Year: Summer, July - August
Course # Title Credits
CLRES 2010 Clinical Research Methods 3
CLRES 2005 Computer Methods in Clinical Research 1
Graduate 2nd Year: Fall
Course # Title Credits
CLRES 2021 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Regression 1
CLRES 2022 Logistic Regression 1
PHARM 3024 Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar 1
PHARM 3027 Topics in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics or a Journal Club 1
PHARM 3042 Research Practicum 5 - 8
Elective* 3

* Examples of electives include PHARM 3008 Advanced Drug Delivery or CLRES courses


Experiences

Beyond coursework, students learn the specialized skills necessary to conduct clinical research through additional experiences completed during graduate training. The following expectations supplement requirements of the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program.

Comprehensive Exam

CPSP graduate students must propose a clinical study and address human subject protections in their written proposal. The comprehensive exam committee asks questions during the oral examination which will test the student's ability and knowledge in the responsible conduct of clinical research.


Dissertation/Thesis Research

CPSP graduate students conduct research that meets the NIH definition of clinical research: Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual. Patient-oriented research includes: (a) mechanisms of human disease, (b) therapeutic interventions, (c) clinical trials, and (d) development of new technologies.


Institutional Review Board (IRB)

CPSP graduate students serve as an investigator on an IRB-approved protocol and are encouraged to serve as Principal Investigators with faculty oversight in accordance with University of Pittsburgh IRB policies.


Preparation and Review of Manuscripts

CPSP graduate students are expected to prepare manuscripts of their dissertation and other research and submit them for peer reviewed publication in collaboration. Published literature in the student’s area of research is reviewed on an ongoing basis (individually by the student and through journal clubs). CPSP graduate students should also have the opportunity to review unpublished manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals with their faculty major advisor.