Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine Graduate Program

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Curriculum

The basic graduation requirement for the Ph.D. degree in integrated pharmaceutical medicine will be 90 total semester credit hours. All doctoral students in the program will be required to complete 45 hours didactic study, 30 hours of research and 15 hours of dissertation work, culminating in a written dissertation and dissertation defense.

Curriculum Blueprint Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program
Requirements Minimum Credits
Minimum of 45 credits selected from the following courses:
IPM 75001 Transitions to Pharmaceutical Medicine 5
IPM 75201 KSU ST: Bioanthropologial Data Analysis 5
IPM 75002 Pharmaceutical Medicine Seminar (1-2) 4
MEH 79102 Responsible Conduct of Research 1
Elective Courses 30
Other Courses
Candidacy Exam Non-credit required
IPM 75401 Pharmaceutical Medicine Research (1-10) 30
IPM 75501 Dissertation Research (1-15) 15
Dissertation Defense Non-credit required
Total Credits Needed 90

All doctoral students will be administered a qualifying/candidacy exam upon completion of the didactic course work (including the core curriculum requirements). This examination will be taken within one year of completion of the core requirements and usually no later than the summer after the student’s second year. Doctoral students “advance to candidacy” after successful completion of the candidacy exam and begin preparation of the Prospectus or dissertation plan. The Prospectus is a written dissertation plan that is orally defended in front of the student’s committee. The work resulting from the Prospectus becomes the dissertation that is also a written document orally defended in front of the student’s committee.

Examples of what students will learn include principles of drug action, cellular signaling, drug metabolism, pharmaceutical medicine research methods, statistics with an emphasis on biostatistics, medical pharmacology, biopharmaceutics and biotechnology, and several elective courses tailored to the student’s major interest; for example, cellular and molecular neuroscience.

Shared Credit Limits for IPM Program

A student who has completed a NEOMED Master’s degree in the IPM program may use course credit earned in the pursuit of the Master’s degree toward the Ph.D. However, a minimum of 70 percent of the credits counted toward the credit hour requirement for the Ph.D. degree must be unique to that degree and not utilized for degree completion within any other program.


Moses O. Oyewumi, B. Pharm.; Ph.D.
Co-Director, Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine
Phone: 330.325.6669

Priya Raman, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine
Phone: 330.325.6425

Matthew Smith, M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Director, Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine
Phone: 330.325.6437

Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine

College of Graduate Studies at NEOMED