The curriculum for 2018 and beyond will prepare graduates to be critical thinkers and problem solvers who will lead the way in today’s dynamic health care environment, toward better health for all.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Anchored in scientific thinking, which is steadily applied across all coursework
  • Content taught the way it is applied in practice: patient centered, through the lens of organ systems and disease categories
  • Latest developments at the frontier of science and practice incorporated into learning, taking full advantage of UCSF’s pioneering research and singular focus on health
  • Student research projects tailored to individual interests
  • Early involvement in real-world pharmacy practice with diverse patient populations
  • Integrated, progressive learning that’s cumulative and continually reinforced
  • Continuous synthesis of knowledge and regular review of learning
  • Active, team-based learning fostering collaboration
  • Interprofessional learning wherever possible
  • Three-year, year-round program
  • Pass/no pass grading
  • Additional advanced training beyond the PharmD encouraged

Change is the norm for the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

To educate our students for a changing workplace, we continually make gradual, incremental changes in what and how we teach. At times, those changes have also been dramatic—one of those times is now.

At this moment, we’re shaping and reshaping courses for current students, while creating a strikingly different curriculum for students entering our PharmD program in 2018 and beyond.

The curriculum will be as much about mindset as it is about skillset.

The curriculum will prepare graduates with the critical thinking skills they’ll need to solve tomorrow’s health problems, as science discoveries continually unfold, within complex health care systems, and upon a changing health care landscape that we can’t even begin to imagine today.

In addition, the curriculum will support interprofessional learning and intense team learning among classmates, with the specific goal of fostering collaborative approaches to problem solving as the norm.

The curriculum will prepare graduates for advanced specialized training.

We encourage graduates of the new curriculum to use their PharmD degrees in new ways by building on their pharmacy expertise with additional advanced training. The curriculum for 2018 and beyond is being purposefully crafted to prepare graduates with the skills necessary for further advanced specialized training in pharmacy or other fields.

The curriculum will be presented over three years, year round. Grading will be pass/no pass.

A three-year, year-round program will enable graduates to enter advanced training one year earlier than would be possible in a traditional four-year curriculum, as well as to save one year of San Francisco living expenses. The competency-based, pass/no pass grading system will focus on mastery and application of knowledge.