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Training Tomorrow's Leaders

Pharmaceutical science is the lifeblood of health care. Ready to conduct cutting-edge research? Develop drugs for the treatment of human diseases? Study how the human body reacts to medicine? Then pharmaceutical sciences is for you. 

UKCOP's Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program is dedicated to a holistic, student-centric training model that provides our students with instruction, guidance, and mentorship in 3 domains:  Breadth (across pharmaceutical sciences disciplines), Career (focused on real-world skills and experiences, driven by individual student goals), and Scientific Depth (project-based research to achieve expertise and rigor). 

Our Guiding Principles

We train students to become rigorous scientists, focused on drugs and drug therapy, who are well-rounded problem solvers poised to lead in academia, healthcare, industry and society.

  1. We recruit the best and brightest students who will become critical thinkers empowered to impact society
  2. We educate using an integrated training system
  3. We are One Program in pharmaceutical sciences with thematic tracks
  4. Our program is student-centric and harnesses our unique strengths
  5. We strive to maximize programmatic relevance in a changing environment

Learn more about the principles that guide the design and execution of our program:

UK Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program Guiding Principles Document

Publication in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Feola DJ, Black EP, McNamara PJ, and Romanelli F.  Development of guiding principles for a new era in graduate education.  American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  2019 Mar;83(2):7422.  doi: 10.5688/ajpe7422

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.