The mission of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics is to generate and disseminate new knowledge in pharmacotherapy and accelerate its application to improve patient care.

We will accomplish this by delivering innovative education and training the next generation of pharmacists and translational scientist leaders; integrating experimental and clinical pharmacology discoveries into the practice of precision medicine; achieving global impact through unique collaborations with industry, regulatory agencies, renowned health science centers, and international entities; and leading and participating in local, state, national and international organizations, communities, and programs.

The DPET graduate program is critical to fulfilling this mission by engaging students in innovative clinical and translational research.

Tracks for Clinicians and Non-Clinicians

The concentration area in pharmacotherapy and experimental therapeutics was developed with two curricular tracks based on previous experience of the applicant: clinician (Pharm.D., M.D., or equivalent) or nonclinician. We recognize the need to educate highly motivated, exceptionally qualified students lacking previous clinical training. The nonclinician curricular track exists to meet this need.

Both tracks play a critical part in our mission to educate and develop clinical and translational scientists, and graduates from both tracks have enjoyed an outstanding employment rate in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

Areas of graduate coursework and research

  • Drug metabolism and transport
  • Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics/ pharmacometrics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Clinical research
  • Experimental therapeutics
  • Mechanisms of drug toxicity

These are applied to therapeutic areas, including:

  • cardiovascular disease,
  • hepatology/gastroenterology/transplant,
  • infectious disease/HIV,
  • oncology/hematology, and
  • pulmonary disease.


Financial Support

All students admitted to the DPET graduate program will receive an annual stipend of $30,000 in the form of a research assistantship.

Students with a prior clinical degree (Pharm.D., M.D., or equivalent) are expected to complete the program’s clinical experience requirement and provide professional service to the division, and they are eligible to receive a $5,000-per-year stipend supplement.

Students do not pay tuition. Approximately $900 in student fees will be covered by the School each semester, depending on the availability of funds.

To Apply

The UNC Graduate School online application is the required means of submitting your application. Please visit the UNC Graduate School website for more information and to access the online application.

Review of applications begins December 1 and we strongly recommend that applications are completed prior to that deadline. Although you can apply until February 13, completing your application before December 1 will maximize your chances of acceptance and nomination for UNC Graduate School fellowships.



If you have questions about the DPET PhD program, or the application process, please contact:

Daniel Crona, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
Division Director of Graduate Admissions
DPET, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy