St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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Since its founding in 1870, St. John’s University in New York City has been responding to the educational demands of a growing, diverse marketplace, meeting the ever-changing academic needs of its students while preparing them for rewarding careers. With outstanding award-winning faculty, modern programs, innovative curricula, and state-of-the art facilities, the University remains on the cutting edge of contemporary theory and technology.


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Doctor of Philosophy
• Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Pharmacology
- Pharmacy
- Toxicology

Master of Science
• Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Industrial Pharmacy
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Pharmacology
- Pharmacotherapeutics
• Pharmacy Administration
- Drug Regulatory Affairs
- Pharmaceutical Marketing
- Quality Assurance
• Physician Assistant
• Toxicology

Master of Public Health
• The MPH degree is a 45-credit professional degree that focuses on the core competencies of public health and concludes with an applied field work practice experience and culminating experience. Concentrations include Community Health or Global Health.

Collaborative Master of Science
• Biological and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
- Available through the University’s Institute of Biotechnology, a collaborative program with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dual-Degree Master of Arts/Master of Library Science
• Pharmaceutical Science/Library Science

The graduate schools at St. John’s offer more than 60 graduate degree and professional certificate programs in five acclaimed colleges, a School of Law, and an institute dedicated solely to the growing field of biotechnology. Earn your master’s degree, doctoral degree, or professional certificate online, in New York, or in Rome.

Because the pursuit of an advanced degree often requires a financial commitment, St. John’s offers transparency regarding available aid and other opportunities to offset the cost of graduate studies. Entering graduate students seeking financial assistance from any federal or institutional funding should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using St. John’s University’s federal institution code 002823. 

In addition to federal and/or institutional sources, graduate students at St. John’s may also apply for the numerous assistantship and fellowship opportunities available on campus.St. John’s is also a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a Department of Veterans Affairs program that provides financial assistance and academic support to post–September 11 veterans pursuing higher education


College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Since its founding in 1929, theCollege of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s University has trained scholars and practitioners who are respected for the quality of their contributions and compassionfor those they serve. Advanced degree programs within the College rely on original research and discovery through rigorous scientific investigation in order to advance our understanding of the world.

Student centered and outcomes oriented, these graduate programs offer preparation for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, the health fields, and academia. Programs draw upon the expertise of internationally recognized faculty who specialize in designing and developing new therapeutic agents and tools, evaluating the physiological effects of drugs, and investigating the biological bases of disease.

Stellar education and prime location leads to tremendous outcomes
St. John’s University has an alumni network of more than 183,000—more than 80% of whom reside in the New York metropolitan area. These contacts in a hub of international biomedical, health care, and pharmaceutical industries lead to impressive outcomes for students.

Recent graduates from the College’s global student population are currently working for Avon, the Environmental Protection Agency, Estee Lauder, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as elitemedical schools across the country. Increasingly, St. John’s international graduates return to their home countries to assume research and leadership roles in those growing industries.

Evolving technologies
In 2018, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences announced the acquisition of the new Anatomage virtual dissection tables at the University’s Queens campus and Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center. The Anatomage is the world’s first and most technologically advanced virtual dissection table for anatomy education, and it can effectively replace expensive and cumbersome cadaver laboratories.

The ultramodern laboratories and research facilities within St. Albert Hall on the Queens campus also include numerous other state-of-the-art technologies and instrumentation that include gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometers, tissue culture labs, real-time polymerase chain reaction instruments, dissolution instruments, hot melt extruders,thermal gravilometric analyzers, particle size analyzers, and analytical scanning and transmission electron microscopes.

Research is key
Grants for the College have amassed over the years. Most recently, Vivek Gupta, PhD, Assistant Professor, obtained two grants from the American Heart Association (AHA) and theNIH totaling more than $600,000 for his research in treating pulmonary hypertension.

The AHA grant will screen drugs already approved by the FDA against cells isolated from patients who sufferfrom the disease and observe the drugs’ impact on pulmonary hypertension symptoms. Instead of a 15–20-year process, Dr. Gupta said the potential exists for it to take only two to three years to reach the market. The drugs will be screened using robotics, which could reduce the cost by 60%–70%. The grant is for two years and funding is for $154,000.

The NIH grant is derived from research Dr. Gupta already conducted regarding the antimalarial drug Amodiaquine to treat pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Gupta said he will be able to conduct preclinical trials to test its efficacy. The hope is that it will reverse theeffects of the condition. The grant is for three years and totals $492,000. 

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