Research Emphasis Area

The College of Pharmacy has various ways for students to participate in research (below). Most students engaged in research enter one of the Research Emphasis Tracks.

  • Working on a specific project with a faculty mentor 
  • Enrolling in a Directed Research/Study course to provide dedicated time to learn research skills
  • Applying and receiving a Melendy or CTSI summer research award 
  • Entering one of the Research Emphasis tracks to focus elective credits in a given content area (details below)

    Research Emphasis Tracks


    Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology

    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 process, submitting an application by November 30 of their PDII year. 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

    Director

    Angela Birnbaum, PhD
    Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
    birnb002@umn.edu

    Main Contact

    Melanie Nicol, PharmD, PhD
    Associate Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies
    mrnicol@umn.edu

    Mentorship / Coursework

    Interested students should meet with ECP faculty to discuss research opportunities in experimental, translational, or clinical pharmacology. Students choose additional courses and a research advisor that aligns with their interests and goals. An Evidence Based Research Paper is written based upon the mentored research that was conducted as part of the research emphasis track. The paper components are at the discretion of the advisor. More details are available on the Canvas ECP Research Emphasis Track Page. Papers are due by the end of February of the graduating year.

    A total of 8.8 core credits and 8 elective credits are required to complete the emphasis for a total of 16.8 credits. Students need to select at least 8 credits of elective courses, which must be taken 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 - PHAR 5220 - Regulatory Issues in Drug Research | 2 /Fall Credits
    • ECP 5620 - PHAR 5620 - Drug metabolism and Disposition | 3 /Spring odd years Credits
    • ECP 6124 - PHAR 6224 - Pharmacogenomics | 2 /Spring Credits 
    • ECP 8100 - PHAR 6160 - Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology Seminar | 1* /Fall & Spring Credit
    • ECP 8230 - PHAR 5230 - Principles in Clinical Pharmacology Research | 3/2 /Fall Credits
    • ECP 8900 - Advanced Topics in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology | 1 /Fall & Spring Credit
    • ECP 8982 - Inter-institutional Journal Club in Translational Research | 1 /Fall Credit
    • ECP 8983 - Scientific Communications in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology | 1 /Spring Credit
    • ECP 8992 - Directed Readings in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology | 1-2*/Fall & Spring Credits
    • ECP 8993 - Directed Study in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology | 1-2*/Fall & Spring Credits

    *A maximum of 2 credits can be counted towards the research emphasis requirements.

    Medicinal Chemistry

    Medicinal Chemistry

    The Application Process

    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 coursework requirements. When a faculty advisor and student reach a 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 applicant's 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.

    Program Coordinator

    Daniel Harki, PhD
    Northrop Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Medicinal Chemistry
    harki@umn.edu 
     

    Coursework

    A total of 8.8 core credits and 8 elective credits are required to complete the emphasis for a total of 16.8 credits. Students need to select at least 8 credits of elective courses, which must be taken 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.  

    MEDC Track Elective Courses | Credits 
    • MedC 8001: Principles of Medicinal Chemistry | 3 /Fall Credits
    • MedC 8050: Physical and Mechanistic Org Chem | 2/Fall Credits
    • MedC 8753: Molecular Targets of Drug Discovery | 3/Spring
      Credits
    • MedC 8461: Design of Cancer Immunotherapeutics | 3/Spring Credits
    • MedC 8435: Bioassays | 1/Spring Credit
    • MedC 8070: Chem & Bio Infectious Disease | 3/Fall Credits
    • MedC 8100 - PHAR 6150: Medicinal Chemistry Seminar | 1* /Fall & Spring Credit
    • Phar 6908: Drugs of Abuse | 2 /Spring Credit
    • Phar 6293: Directed Research I | 1-3 /Fall & Spring Credits
    • Phar 6393: Directed Research II | 1-3 /Fall & Spring Credits
    • Phar 6493: Directed Research III | 1-3 /Fall & Spring Credits

    *At least one MedChem seminar credit is required (counted via the core or elective course options). A maximum of 2 seminar credits can be counted toward the research emphasis requirements.

    Social & Administrative Pharmacy

    Social & Administrative Pharmacy

    The Application Process

    There is no formal application process and students may choose to pursue the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Research Emphasis track at any time. Interested students should contact the director to express interest and discuss research and coursework opportunities. 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.

    Director

    Jon C. Schommer, MS, PhD, RPh
    Professor and SAPh Graduate Faculty Member
    schom010@umn.edu
    612-626-9915

    Coursework

    A total of 8.8 core credits and 8 elective credits are required to complete the emphasis for a total of 16.8 credits. Students need to select at least 8 credits of elective courses, which must be taken 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 – PHAR 5100 - Pro-Seminar | 1* Credit
    • SAPh 8054 – Advanced Studies in Pharmaceutical Care | 3 Credits
    • SAPh 8200 – Research Problems | 1-3 Credits
    • SAPh 8235 – Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy | 3 Credits
    • SAPh 8255 – Pharmaceutical Marketing | 3 Credits
    • SAPh 8420 – Social & Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice | 3 Credits
    • SAPh 8610 – PHAR 5610 - Pharmacoepidemiology | 3 Credits
    • SAPh 8700 – Hospital Pharmacy Administration | 3 Credits
    • SAPh 8702 – Hospital Pharmacy Survey | 1 Credit
    • SAPh 8810 – Social Psychology in Pharmacy | 3 Credits
    • SAPh 8840 - Social Measurement in Pharmacy | 3 Credits

    *A maximum of 2 seminar credits (in any discipline) can be counted toward the research emphasis requirements.