Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH)

The purpose of Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH) is to train the future clinical and translational science researchers.
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PharmD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science Joint Degree Program

If you are interested in conducting research and transferring clinical skills from "bench to the bedside," "study to practice," and "practice to policy," then you should consider UIC's PharmD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program.

Through a unique partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health, the only fully accredited school of public health in Illinois, UIC offers a unique opportunity to its students to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) joint degree. Graduates of the MS in Clinical and Translational Science will have the skills to direct a broad range of clinical studies, including the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical practice, and will be able to interact effectively with all of the complementary disciplines with which clinical investigators need to collaborate.

The joint degree program allows students to complete both degrees in 5 years. Students interested in pursuing the joint PharmD/MS CTS degree are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than the spring of their P1 Year. Students would typically complete the Years 1 and 2 of pharmacy school and then take a leave of absence during Year 3 to complete the MS CTS curriculum. After Year 3 students would return to complete their remaining years of pharmacy school while also completing the mentored research and thesis requirement for the MS degree. Students from both Chicago and Rockford are eligible to participate, because coursework is done during a "year out" between the P2 and P3 years (and some courses may also be taken online). UIC School of Public Health tuition and fees will apply for the MS CTS portion of the program.

Through didactic coursework, a series of workshops and seminars, and a mentored research project, the PharmD/MS CTS will help build a new generation of pharmacy faculty and clinical investigators focused on teaching evidence-based pharmacy and improving patient health through research. Graduates of the PharmD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program will be ready to enter and capitalize on residency, and then fellowship, programs that provide research opportunities combined with clinical training.

Students interested in the PharmD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program may request additional information through the College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs or click here.

Jack Zwanziger, PhD
UIC School of Public Health

Thomas TenHoeve III, PhD
UIC College of Pharmacy

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