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The Graduate Program in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy is very competitive - attracting students from around the world.
The Graduate Program in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy has approximately 20 domestic and international students enrolled at any given time. International students commonly are from Asia (including Taiwan, India, South Korea, among others), but students from throughout the world have completed our program (see Alumni).
A majority of students in our program are pursuing the Ph.D. degree, though we do also offer a Master's degree under certain circumstances. Most current students have previously completed a pharmacy degree (PharmD or Bachelors), or other health professional degree.
Current students are at various levels of program completion. Some are taking basic, required coursework, others more advanced/specialized electives, and others are developing or completing their dissertation research. Many students are also employed by the Department as teaching or research assistants, earning a stipend and tuition waiver. Some students are concurrently participating in a research fellowship program that provide training and experience in a particular area of research (for example: pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, medication adherence) and is conducted in collaboration with as are pharmaceutical company (see Fellowships).
Besides taking courses, current students are working with faculty on independent research projects, giving presentations and seminars about their research, and have the opportunity to teach pharmacy students. Current student are involved in networking with students in other program on the UIC campus as well as at other universities. They also have many opportunities to meet and interact with distinguished guest who visit the Department - including faculty from other university, individuals from pharmaceutical companies and consulting organizations, and may others.
Current students have many opportunities to attend local, regional, national, and international professional association meetings where they present their own research, network with others, learn about employment opportunities, and have fun.