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Although the global burden of mental illness continues to grow, many areas remain critically under resourced with respect to mental health care access. Psychiatric pharmacists are specialized leaders that can help fill this gap and serve as practice innovators. From pharmacist-led administration of long-acting injectables to combat opioid use disorder and ameliorate psychosis, to advising patients and providers on the use and actions of cannabinoids and other psychotropic medications, to interprofessional collaboration as part of a behavioral health care team, psychiatric pharmacists continue to develop new approaches to deliver care to those that need it. The Psychiatric Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy Path of Distinction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is designed to give you the background and in-demand skills needed to begin your career with an advantage and lead the field to a brighter future.
The program does not appear on the student’s transcript but is recognized by the school as a program track within the PharmD curriculum. This program also gives students the opportunity to continue in the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation program if desired. Blending science with professional skills and the humanities, the MS program allows graduates to compete for industry/academia research, government, nonprofit, or healthcare positions.
When to apply?
Spring Semester DPH-1 Year
- Students must be in good academic and professional standing and have a minimum cumulative PharmD GPA of 3.0
- 9-credit program of graduate-level Applied Drug Development coursework is required, with up to 7credits available to transfer into the PPI master’s program.
- Pharmacy Practice 674: Seminars in Interprofessional Mental Health Care
- Pharmacy 640: Appropriate Use of Abused Drugs
- Pharmacy 674: Cannabinoids in Science and Society
- Pharmacy 671: Psychedelic Drugs in Science and Society
- 1-3 credits of approved electives