This program is a unique joint effort between the UCSF School of Pharmacy's PharmD program and the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG) PhD program from the UCSF Graduate Division.


The overall goal of this dual-degree training program is to attract outstanding students who are committed to earning the PharmD degree and a PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG).

Students who complete this program will be uniquely suited to perform basic and clinical research and to translate the results of the research to clinical practice. The course of study will prepare graduates for careers in academia, as faculty members in schools and colleges of pharmacy, government, leaders in drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical industry, or other health settings where they will engage in academic instruction, clinical care and research. In addition, students in the PharmD-PhD program will meet all requirements for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of California.

There is a pressing need to translate basic science research into clinical application. This career path meets that need efficiently and within a unique university that is devoted solely to the health sciences, including the core functions of discovery, translational science and patient care.

Contact Leslie Carstensen Floren, PharmD, PhD, MA for more information about the dual degree program.