Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry emphasize the study of chemical and biochemical rationales for the design and development of drugs.
Information on the objectives and curriculum of the graduate track in chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, as well as the faculty areas of research can be found on the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry page.
Research and training in this track is focused on the evaluation of pharmacists’ services, pharmaceutical products, other healthcare services and interventions, and patient behaviors. Research is conducted in the following areas:
- Health Behavior Theory and the Medication Use Process;
- Health Services Research (utilization and expenditures for medications and other healthcare services);
- Pharmacoeonomics (including Quality of Life);
- Pharmacoepidemiology; and
- Public Health and Disease Prevention.
Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery is comprised of those disciplines that are involved with dosage forms in pharmaceutical practice. Sub-disciplines within pharmaceutics include:
- Formulation Science in which physics and chemistry are used to prepare effective dosage forms,
- Biopharmaceutics in which the interactions between the dosage form, itself, and various biological factors in the persons taking the dosage form are studied, and
- Pharmacokinetics in which the time course of drugs in the body and the factors influencing the time course are studied analytically and mathematically.
Pharmacology and Toxicology studies encompass drug discovery, their mechanisms of action, chemical properties, and the deleterious effects of drugs and toxicants on biological systems.
In this track, students select from one of two sub-tracks: neuropharmacology (how drugs act on the brain) or mechanistic molecular toxicology (cellular and biochemical events associated with the adverse effects of drugs, toxicants, and chemicals).
The mission of the Division of Pharmacotherapy is to train and educate pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists to provide specialty pharmacotherapeutic services including primary care and to conduct translational, transdisciplinary and other types of innovative research.
The Division also holds with equal value its efforts in the areas of research, practice, and education.