Research Emphasis Area
Research Emphasis Tracks
There are three tracks within the Research Emphasis:
The College of Pharmacy has various options for students to participate in research. Involvement in research within the College can be accomplished in different ways.
Some examples of past mechanisms for students to become involved in research have included the following:
- students who wish to be mentored on a project by particular faculty
- students who choose a particular field of research
- students who use a directed study mechanism to allow for dedicated research time for exposure to a particular research skill
- students can also enroll in a program with a more defined research theme and required coursework by entering into one of the tracks within the Research Emphasis.
Pharmacy Student Research Opportunities
The goal of the Research Emphasis is to provide pharmacy students with a means to explore and develop research skills through activities in the classroom, interaction with active research faculty, and the completion of a research project. The Research Emphasis is an umbrella program with multiple tracks.
Currently there are three tracks available: Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Social and Administrative Pharmacy, which align with current graduate programs. Students who successfully complete the Research Emphasis will receive special recognition during graduation and a designation on their official academic transcript.
Below are the required courses that comprise the Research Emphasis regardless of track. All pharmacy students who are interested in research are encouraged to take the required Introduction to Pharmacy Research course (PHAR 6906). Any student can take PHAR 6906 regardless of their intent to enter the Research Emphasis.
|Introduction to Pharmacy Research PHAR 6906||This course will provide an overview of principles to research in particular research topic areas. It will also provide a forum for scientists involved in research in particular topic areas to discuss their research, environment and careers with students.||1|
|Seminar (1 credit/semester)||Seminars are given by faculty, staff, or graduate students with topics covering issues in the research topic area.||1|
|PHAR 6782 Evidence Based Practice||The Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) course has been designed to facilitate acquisition and application of evidence based practice knowledge and skills. Evidence based practice involves the use of the best available evidence, clinical expertise, and patients’ values to make complex pharmacy-related decisions.||1.8|
|PHAR 7431 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (Fulfills one APPE Elective Requirement. Students may take up to three elective APPEs.)||Students will participate in a research-focused elective course, working with their chosen research mentor team to select a research experience that will build upon concepts addressed within the emphasis track.||5|
Research Emphasis Tracks
Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology
The Application Process
The clinical pharmacology research emphasis may not be able to accommodate all interested students due to resource limitations. Students interested in pursuing this emphasis area are required to apply through a competitive application process submitted in their PDII year. The ECP Research Emphasis Application deadline is Nov 30, 2020. A complete application for the Research Emphasis - Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology Track should be sent to grad-ECP@umn.edu and include the following:
- Letter of intent that includes a statement of why you are interested in the Research Emphasis along with your goals
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Permission for the admissions committee to review the student’s undergraduate and professional/graduate academic transcript
- Possible interview with at least one committee member
Angela Birnbaum, PhD
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology Graduate Program
Mentorship / Elective Courses
Those pursuing a Research Emphasis will be assigned to a mentorship team that will help students choose additional courses and a research advisor that align with their interests and goals. Students will choose a research topic in experimental, translational, or clinical pharmacology for their PharmD paper project and work with advisor(s) in the Clinical Pharmacology Research Emphasis program. A total of 7.8 required course credits (see above for course list) and 8 elective credits (can be chosen from table below) are required (total of 15.8 credits).
Students need to select at least 8 credits of elective courses. All courses must be taken as A/F. Below is a list of the currently approved list of electives, however this list is subject to change as new courses are offered or modified. The list of electives from which students may select, with guidance from their mentor, will be approved annually by the faculty. Note, not all classes are taught every semester.
|ECP Track Elective Courses||Credits|
|ECP 5220 - Regulatory Issues in Drug Research||2 /Fall|
|ECP 5620 - PHAR 5620 - Drug metabolism and Disposition||3 /Spring odd years|
|ECP 6124 - PHAR 6224 - Pharmacogenomics||2 /Spring|
|ECP 8100 - PHAR 6160 - Seminar||1* /Fall & Spring|
|ECP 8230 - PHAR 5230 - Principles in Clinical Pharmacology||3/2 /Fall|
|ECP 8900 - Advanced Topics in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology||1 /Fall & Spring|
|ECP 8982 - Inter-institutional Journal Club in Translational Research||1 /Fall|
|ECP 8983 - Scientific Communications in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology||1 /Spring|
|ECP 8992 - Directed Readings in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology||Varied/Fall & Spring|
|ECP 8993 - Directed Study in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology||Varied/Fall & Spring|
*Only a total of 2 credits can be counted toward the ECP Research Emphasis
Acceptance to the Medicinal Chemistry Research Emphasis Area is permissible at any time, however, it is recommended that students enter the program before the end of the PD1 year. There is no formal application process. Interested students should meet with medicinal chemistry faculty to discuss research opportunities and potential course-work requirements. When a faculty advisor and student reach mutual agreement to commit to the research emphasis program, a written agreement will be drafted that includes a description of the research project to be completed, a coursework plan, and a statement of the applicants objectives for completing the Research Emphasis designation in medicinal chemistry. The application materials will be forwarded to the Director of Graduate Studies of Medicinal Chemistry for review. The faculty mentor shall be responsible for advising the student and ensuring that the research emphasis area requirements are met. Following completion of the plan and all requirements, the faculty member will notify the Director of Graduate Studies that the Research Emphasis designation should be awarded upon graduation and included on the student’s official transcript.
Barry Finzel, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
A total of 7.8 required course credits (see above for course list) and 8 elective credits (can be chosen from table below) are required (total of 15.8 credits). Students need to select at least 8 credits of elective courses. Below is a list of the currently approved list of electives, however this list is subject to change as new courses are offered or modified. The list of electives from which students may select, with guidance from their mentor, will be approved annually by the faculty. Note, not all classes are taught every semester.
|MEDC Track Elective Courses||Credits|
|MedC 8001: Principles of Medicinal Chemistry||3 /Fall|
|MedC 8050: Physical and Mechanistic Org Chem||2/Fall|
|MedC 8753: Molecular Targets of Drug Discovery||3/Spring|
|MedC 8461: Design of Cancer Immunotherapeutics||3/Spring|
|MedC 8435: Bioassays||1/Spring|
|MedC 8070 Chem & Bio Infectious Disease||3/Fall|
|MedC 8100 - PHAR 6150 - Seminar||1* /Fall & Spring|
|Phar 6908: Drugs of Abuse||2 /Spring|
|Phar 6293: Directed Research I||1-3|
|Phar 6293: Directed Research II||1-3|
|Phar 6293: Directed Research III||1-3|
* Only a total of 2 credits can be applied towards the requirements.
Social & Administrative Pharmacy
Applications to the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Research Emphasis track are accepted throughout the year. Those pursuing a Research Emphasis will be assigned to a mentor who will help students choose additional courses and a research advisor who will align with their interests and goals. Students who successfully complete the Research Emphasis will receive special recognition during graduation and a designation on their official academic transcript.
Students in this emphasis will choose a research topic in Social and Administrative Pharmacy for their PharmD paper project and work with advisor(s) in the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Research Emphasis program. A total of 7.8 required and 8 elective credits are required (total of 15.8 credits).
Jon C. Schommer, PhD
Professor and SAPh Graduate Faculty Member
SAPh Research Emphasis Contact
Students need to select at least 8 credits of elective courses. Students will work with their faculty mentor in choosing appropriate electives. All courses must be taken as A/F. Below is a list of the currently approved list of electives, however this list is subject to change as new courses are offered or modified. The list of electives from which students may select, with guidance from their mentor, will be approved annually by the faculty. Note, not all classes are taught every semester.
|SAPh Track Elective Courses||Credits|
|SAPh 5100 – Pro-Seminar||1|
|SAPh 8054 – Advanced Studies in Pharmaceutical Care||3|
|SAPh 8200 – Research Problems||1-3|
|SAPh 8235 – Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy||3|
|SAPh 8255 – Pharmaceutical Marketing||3|
|SAPh 8420 – Social & Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice||3|
|SAPh 8610 – Pharmacoepidemiology||3|
|SAPh 8700 – Hospital Pharmacy Administration||3|
|SAPh 8702 – Hospital Pharmacy Survey||1|
|SAPh 8810 – Social Psychology in Pharmacy||3|
|SAPh 8840 - Social Measurement in Pharmacy||3|