Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

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Degree Offered: Doctor of Pharmacy
Program Leadership:
Conan MacDougall, PharmD, MAS, Co-Vice Dean
Igor Mitrovic, MD, Co-Vice Dean
Admissions Inquiries:
Joel W. Gonzales, Director of Admissions

Program Description

The UCSF PharmD degree program prepares graduates to be academically and professionally ready for careers in pharmacy practice as caring, patient-centered experts in the safe and effective use of medicines.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Minimum completion of 88 quarter units or 59 semester units
  • For specific course requirements please see

Learning Outcomes

CAPE 2013 Educational Outcomes

Domain 1 – Foundational Knowledge

1.1. Learner (Learner): Develop, integrate, and apply knowledge from the foundational sciences (i.e., pharmaceutical, social / behavioral / administrative, and clinical sciences) to evaluate the scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient-centered care.

Domain 2 – Essentials for Practice and Care

2.1. Patient-centered care (Caregiver): Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert (collect and interpret evidence, prioritize, formulate assessments and recommendations, implement, monitor and adjust plans, and document activities).

2.2. Medication use systems management (Manager): Manage patient healthcare needs using human, financial, technological, and physical resources to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.

2.3. Health and wellness (Promoter): Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness.

2.4. Population-based care (Provider): Describe how population-based care influences patient-centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices.

Domain 3 - Approach to Practice and Care

3.1. Problem solving (Problem Solver): Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution.

3.2. Educator (Educator): Educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess understanding.

3.3. Patient advocacy (Advocate): Assure that patients’ best interests are represented.

3.4. Interprofessional collaboration (Collaborator): Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs.

3.5. Cultural sensitivity (Includer): Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care.

3.6. Communication (Communicator): Effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization.

Domain 4 – Personal and Professional Development

4.1. Self-awareness (Self-aware): Examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, biases, motivation, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth.

4.2. Leadership (Leader): Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position.

4.3. Innovation and entrepreneurship (Innovator): Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.

4.4. Professionalism (Professional): Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society.

UCSF Interprofessional Educational Outcomes 2015

The goal of IPE at UCSF is rooted in a set of common graduation milestones, which have been adopted by every professional school and program. By graduation, every health professions learner will be able to:

IPE-1. Use the knowledge of one’s own role and the roles of other health professionals to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of the patients and populations served.

IPE-2. Communicate with other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a collaborative approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease in individual patients and populations.

IPE-3. Work with other health professionals to establish and maintain a climate of mutual respect, dignity, diversity, ethical integrity, and trust.

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