UCSF

Pathway Curriculum

In addition to the core curriculum, PharmD students complete a pathway in one of three areas:

The pathways allow students to pursue an area of emphasis within the program consistent with their professional interests. Students select a pathway in January of the 2nd year. Each pathway consists of a set of required courses as well as electives approved for the pathway. A variety of electives are offered early in the program to assist students in the selection of a pathway.

The Pharmaceutical Care pathway can accommodate all interested students. However, due to resource limitations, enrollment in the Health Services & Policy Research and Pharmaceutical Sciences pathways is not guaranteed. As part of the pathway declaration process, students interested in these two pathways participate in an interview process with members of the pathway faculty.

How do I choose my pathway?

We recommend that you choose your pathway based on your interests in the field of pharmacy. The summary comparison below provides an overview of each pathway's attributes.

Pharmaceutical Care

  • focus on patient care
  • emphasis on development of clinical pharmacy practice skills in a variety of acute, ambulatory and long-term care settings

Details: Pharmaceutical Care

Health Services & Policy Research

  • research-based, population-focused curriculum
  • emphasis on policy, management, and economic issues; completion of a practicum and research project

Details: Health Services & Policy Research

Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • focus on clinical and basic pharmaceutical sciences research
  • emphasis on research foundations -- bioanalysis; drug discovery, delivery, and development; research design, administration, and presentation; biostatistics; pharmacogenomics; research skills

Details: Pharmaceutical Sciences

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