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Pharmaceutical Sciences - Doctor of Philosophy 217 Parks Hall
500 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
phone: 614-292-6822
fax: 614- 292-2588

The graduate programs in the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University offer advanced education in all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences including drug discovery, development and application. The graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences includes coursework as well as cutting-edge research focused on topics like discovery and evaluation of novel drugs, determination of a drug's effects on the body, delivery methods to improve drug treatment, and how medication is used and applied to enhance patient outcomes. 

Because the scope of pharmaceutical sciences is so broad, our graduate program has a number of specialty disciplines: 

  • Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy focuses on the interdisciplinary application of chemical, biochemical and molecular principles to the identification and development of therapeutic agents. This includes both synthesis of new chemical entities and isolation of medicinal agents from natural sources (pharmacognosy). 
  • Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry focuses on pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, with a special emphasis on drug delivery and targeting systems. 
  • Pharmacology focuses on determination of biochemical and physiological mechanisms by which drugs exert their effects. 
  • Translational Science conducts research across the interface from the laboratory bench to the patient bedside. 
  • Health-Systems Pharmacy Administration is a subspecialty within pharmaceutical administration. The major focus of this program is to educate and train pharmacists to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and evaluate pharmaceutical care in organized health care settings.