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Social and Administrative Pharmacy Ph.D.

Pharmaceutical Care and Health
College of Pharmacy
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Contact Information
7-155 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-2973; fax:612-625-9931)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 71
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Social and administrative pharmacy (SAPH) is the application of behavior-oriented interdisciplinary theories to pharmacy problem solving and pharmacy system development. This includes the study of the social, psycho-social, political, legal, public policy, historic, and economic factors that impinge upon the use, non-use, and abuse of drugs. Students in the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Program are prepared for research and related activities of investigating relationships between biological and physical factors in social settings that involve the drug use process. This flexible interdisciplinary program uses the resources of the many health and social science departments at the University, and may include courses and offerings from public health, geriatrics, management, sociology, psychology, and public affairs. The program focuses on the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge to foster appropriate use of drugs to improve patient outcomes at the individual and societal level. Students are educated and mentored to become professional scientists. Those who complete the program will understand the process of conducting high-quality research and problem solving through the application of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, theory, and research methodology.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must complete a supplementary application form in addition to the University application. The supplementary form along with three letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the University Apply Yourself application. GRE scores are required and a performance level of 580 (158 for November 1, 2011-June 30, 2012) is preferred on the TOEFL for all international applicants whose native language is not English.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
35 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Two preliminary written exams are required: one concentrates on research design, methodological issues, and statistical analysis; the other on material specific to social and administrative pharmacy. Students must also pass a preliminary oral exam.
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