Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.) Program

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Program Description

Utilizing the extraordinary intellectual, biological, physical and cultural diversity of its geographic region as a focus of investigation and study, the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo is proud to offer a Ph.D. program in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.

This program, which is the only program of its type in the Pacific region, provides graduate training in the Pharmaceutical Sciences including; Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacognosy. It is aimed at students with B.S., M.S., or Pharm.D. degrees, and those currently working in the field. Studies culminate with the award of a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with an emphasis on natural products discovery and development and their importance in pharmacy and healthcare.

Students will be prepared for senior leadership positions in the pharmaceutical sciences in academia, research, education, government, industry and related fields and become leaders who can identify, research, and problem solve issues related to the pharmaceutical sciences. The Ph.D. program is designed to foster student development as critical thinkers, team players, self-directed interdisciplinary scholars and communicators.

Final approval of the program was granted on May 11th, 2011 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Schools.

Faculty Research Interests

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Student Handbook and Course Descriptions

View or Download the 2017-2018 Student Handbook.

View or Download the 2016-2017 Student Handbook.

View or Download the 2015-2016 Student Handbook.

View or Download the 2014-2015 Student Handbook.

View or Download the 2013-2014 Student Handbook.

View or Download the 2012-2013 Student Handbook.

View or Download the Course Descriptions.


See Ph.D. Admission Requirements.


See UH Hilo Regular Semester and Summer Session Tuition Schedule for Graduate Studies.

How To Contact Us

For additional information, please Contact Dr. Ghee Tan.