PhD Degree

PhD Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

Students are only admitted into the PhD program for the Fall semester.

The University of Florida College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy offers a PhD Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research (POP PhD). The POP PhD is divided into three specializations including:

  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Safety Sciences
  • Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
  • Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Our graduate program was created more than 30 years ago to meet the continued demands of academic, private, and governmental organizations to build research capacity surrounding the safe, effective, and efficient use of medications.  The degree provides individuals with the credentials to develop and direct clinical research units in universities, pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations, and government organizations. Successful graduates have a range of technical and disciplinary competencies in research design, measurement, inferential statistics, the communication and evaluation of research, research ethics, the drug product, and healthcare delivery and the medication use system.

Fellowships and tuition waivers are available but competitive.  For applicants with US licensure, opportunities to work part-time as a pharmacist at the UF teaching hospital or other pharmacies are available. Successful applicants must have a competitive academic record and terminal degree in health or related sciences and demonstrated interest in research surrounding the evaluation of drugs and drug use.

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Competencies for PhD Studies

PhD Program Outline

Core Curriculum

UF Graduate School

Admissions Requirements

Application Procedures

For questions about the admission process, please contact Sarah Lacroix at 

For questions about program content and structure, please contact Dr. Rich Segal at or Dr. Almut Winterstein at

If you are ready to apply, please click HERE for instructions.